Human Biology, B.S.

Mission

The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Human Biology is to provide an academically stimulating and challenging environment for intellectual and spiritual growth, preparing students to pursue careers and advanced degrees in health related fields.

Degree Program

A Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology is offered upon completion of the University baccalaureate and major requirements. The major offers two different concentrations.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Human Biology, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the practice of science and scientific methodology (ULO 1).
  2. Demonstrate an understanding and knowledge of the bio-molecular basis for life, emphasizing its application to human structures and functions (ULO 3).
  3. Describe and classify the human form, structure, and function (ULO 1).
  4. Demonstrate an ability to integrate faith and learning as it relates to Human Biology (ULO 2).

Each Program Learning Outcome (PLO) listed above references at least one of the University Learning Outcomes (ULO 1, 2, 3), which may be found in the General Information section of this catalog.

Admission Recommendations

Recommended high school courses are: one year of biology, one year of chemistry, three years of mathematics, and two years of foreign language. One year of physics is desirable. The student should be aware that Advanced Placement (AP) science courses may not be used to fulfill science requirements for this degree.

Graduate/Professional School Requirements

The student should be aware that most graduate programs and many professional schools require an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 and that a grade of "C" or better was earned for all science courses and they will not accept Advanced Placement science credit to fulfill the entrance requirements.

Curriculum Requirements

Concentrations

The Human Biology major offers a concentration in Pre-Health Care Professional and one in Pre-Chiropractic.

Pre-Chiropractic

A Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology with a concentration in Pre-Chiropractic is offered in cooperation with the Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCUHS). Students attend Biola for three years taking courses in biology, chemistry, physics, biblical studies and the liberal arts. The upper-division biology courses are taken at Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, at SCUHS. Upon successful completion of the required courses at Biola and SCUHS, the student receives a B.S. degree with a major in Human Biology from Biola. Upon successful completion of the entire chiropractic program the student receives the D.C. degree from the Southern California University of Health Sciences' Los Angeles College of Chiropractic (LACC).

The student should be aware that LACC has a minimum GPA requirement of 2.5, and that all transfer courses must be completed with a "C" grade (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) or higher. A course in ethics before application to LACC is strongly recommended.

The upper-division biology course requirements to be taken at LACC are General Anatomy I, General Histology, General Anatomy II, Neuroscience, Systemic Histology, Systemic Physiology and Micro/Immunology.

The minimum required pre-chiropractic courses taken at Biola are:

Program-Specific Core Curriculum (GE) Courses
Human Biology majors automatically meet the Core Curriculum requirement of 8 credits of science and mathematics. The foreign language requirement is met by two years in high school or the first 4 credits in college.
Students in the Pre-Chiropractic Human Biology program sequence are exempt from Core Curriculum requirements in Literature (3 credits) and World Civilization (3 credits). The student is also exempt from the last semester Biola residency requirement.
PHIL 215 is strongly recommended for all Human Biology majors.
Program Courses
Students in the Pre-Chiropractic program must take at least 8 credits of upper-division science at Biola to meet the graduation requirements. These credits must include CHEM 301/CHEM 311 Organic Chemistry I and Lab. The remaining 4 credits can be either CHEM 302/CHEM 312 Organic Chemistry II and Lab or upper-division BIOS courses. If Organic Chemistry is transferred into Biola, the student must take 8 credits of upper-division BIOS courses to meet the graduation requirements.
BIOS 111Fundamentals of Cellular and Molecular Biology3
BIOS 113Fundamentals of Cellular and Molecular Biology Laboratory1
BIOS 112Fundamentals of Organismal Biology3
BIOS 114Fundamentals of Organismal Biology Laboratory1
BIOS 200Sophomore Writing Seminar1
BIOS 254Human Anatomy4
CHEM 105General Chemistry I4
CHEM 106General Chemistry II4
CHEM 301Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 311Laboratory in Organic Chemistry I1
PHSC 111Physics I3
PHSC 117Physics I Laboratory1
PHSC 112Physics II3
PHSC 118Physics II Laboratory1
PSYC 200Introduction to Psychology3
BIOS 281Physiology4
or BIOS 282 Microbiology
or BIOS 381 Advanced Physiology
Select one of the following:3-4
Precalculus Mathematics
Calculus I
Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Biostatistics
Select one of the following:4
Select 4 credits of upper-division Biological science courses
Organic Chemistry II
and Laboratory in Organic Chemistry II
Writing Competency
Students in the Pre-Chiropractic concentration may use the paper written in the Organic Chemistry class as their writing competency paper. The student may also opt to make a portfolio of writing samples as outlined in the departmental handbook to complete this requirement.
Biola Credits47-48
Additional Credits at LACC counted towards the B.S. degree28
Total Credits75-76

Pre-Health Care Professional (70+ Credits)

A Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology for Pre-Health Care Professional careers, especially Pre-Physical Therapy and Pre-Physician’s Assistant is offered upon the completion of the University baccalaureate and major requirements as follows:

Program Courses
BIOS 111Fundamentals of Cellular and Molecular Biology3
BIOS 113Fundamentals of Cellular and Molecular Biology Laboratory1
BIOS 112Fundamentals of Organismal Biology3
BIOS 114Fundamentals of Organismal Biology Laboratory1
BIOS 200Sophomore Writing Seminar1
BIOS 254Human Anatomy4
BIOS 281Physiology4
or BIOS 381 Advanced Physiology
BIOS 311Neurobiology3
BIOS 312Cell and Molecular Biology3
BIOS 322Laboratory in Cell and Molecular Biology2
CHEM 105General Chemistry I4
CHEM 106General Chemistry II4
PHSC 111Physics I3
PHSC 117Physics I Laboratory1
PHSC 112Physics II3
PHSC 118Physics II Laboratory1
PSYC 200Introduction to Psychology3
MATH 210Introduction to Probability and Statistics3
or MATH 318 Biostatistics
PEED 301Kinesiology3
or PEED 302 Exercise Physiology
PSYC 309Abnormal Psychology3
or PSYC 320 Developmental Psychology: Lifespan
Select one of the following:4
Organic Chemistry I
and Laboratory in Organic Chemistry I
Basic Organic and Biochemistry
and Basic Organic and Biochemistry Lab
Select a minimum of 16 credits from the following: 116
Microbiology
Vertebrate Biology
Prosection
Nutrition and Metabolism
Genetics
Advanced Microbiology
Parasitology
Biochemistry I
Biochemistry II
Laboratory in Biochemistry
Developmental Biology
Immunology
General Virology
Clinical Observation Practicum
Organic Chemistry II
Laboratory in Organic Chemistry II
Kinesiology
Exercise Physiology
Abnormal Psychology
Developmental Psychology: Lifespan
Developmental Psychology: Childhood and Adolescence
Psychology of Family
Total Credits73
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 12 credits must be upper-division, 4 of these 12 must be in the Biological Sciences.