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Health Science Subject Matter Competency

In addition to the sequence of education courses, students wishing to become secondary teachers in Health Science must prove subject matter competence via state-administered test (CSET) OR subject matter waiver program.  The SSCP encourages students to pursue the subject matter waiver program and to seek advising to see how best to count past coursework toward the waiver and to enroll in future courses that count toward the waiver.  Students pursuing the subject matter waiver have until the beginning of student teaching to complete required SMP coursework. Students taking the CSET to prove subject matter competency must have passing scores for all subtests in hand when submitting the student teaching application.

The courses for the subject matter program are listed below.  Students must receive a C or better in all courses. (Total units is 65-70 semester units)

Lower Division Courses

Complete ALL of the following lower division courses:

  • One of the following:
    • PSY 110: Introductory Statistics (4 units)
    • SOC 170: Elementary Statistics (4 units)
    • STAT 108: Statistics for Everyday Life (3 Units)
    • STAT 118: Introductory Business Statistics (3 units)
  • CHEM 100: Chemistry & Today's World (4 units)
  • NUTR 132: Introductory Nutrition (3 units)
  • HSC 210: COntemporary Health Issues (3 units)
  • PSY 100: General Psychology (3 units)
  • One of the following:
    • BIOL 205: Human Biology (4 units)
      OR
    • BIOL 207: Human Physiology (4 Units) AND
    • BIOL 208: Human Anatomy (4 units)

Upper Division Courses

Complete ALL of the following upper division courses:

  • HSC 301: Orientation to Health Science (3 units)
  • HSC 401: Community Health Education (3units)
  • HSC 403: Community Health Statistics (3 units)
  • HSC 421: Health Behavior (3 units)
  • HSC 422: Environmental Health (3 units)
  • HSC 423: Consumer Health (3 units)
  • HSC 425: Human Sexuality & Sex Education (3 units)
  • HSC 427: Drugs & Health (3 units)
  • HSC 430: School Health Program (3 units)
  • HSC 435: Health Promotion & Risk Reduction (3 units)
  • HSC 440: Applied Concepts of Health Science (3 units)
  • One of the following:
    • COMM 335: Persuasive Speaking (3 units)
    • Approved upper division COMM course (3 units)
  • ETEC 444: Computer Technology in Education, Level I (3 Units)
  • One of the following:
    • EDP 301: Child Development & Learning: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (3 units)
    • EDP 302: Early & Late Adolescent Development & Learning: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (3 units)
    • EDP 305: Educational Psychology (3 units)
  • One of the following:
    • ANTH 329: Cultural Diversity in California (3 units)
    • CDFS 319: Family Stress & Coping (3 units)
    • HSC 420: International Health (3 units)
    • PSY 378: Health Psychology (3 units)
    • SOC 320: Sociology of Families (3 units)
    • SOC 423: Child Abuse & Pervention (3 units)