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: Pre-Chiropractic and Pre-Health Care Professional.

Program Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply the scientific method in research (ULO 3).
  2. Explain the biomolecular basis of life at the cellular level (ULO 1).
  3. Distinguish the unique and integrated function of human organs and body systems (ULO 1).
  4. Integrate faith and scientific knowledge to practice science with integrity, steward creation, and articulate the merit of their worldview (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 (75-76 Credits)

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 (LACC) 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 following courses do not count as supporting science or major electives: BIOS 100, BIOS 105, BIOS 110, BIOS 120, BIOS 130.

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 Courses
Human Biology majors automatically meet the Core Curriculum requirement of 6 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, World Civilization, and 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, or CHEM 321/322 Basic Organic and Biochemistry and Lab. The remaining 4 credits can be either CHEM 302/CHEM 312 Organic Chemistry II and Lab or upper-division Biological Sciences courses. If Organic Chemistry is transferred into Biola, the student must take 8 credits of upper-division Biological Sciences 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
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
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 OR
Organic Chemistry II
and Laboratory in Organic Chemistry II
Biola Credits47-48
Additional Credits at LACC counted towards the B.S. degree28
Total Credits75-76

Pre-Health Care Professional (68 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 308Biochemistry3
BIOS 311Neurobiology3
BIOS 312Cell and Molecular Biology3
BIOS 322Laboratory in Cell and Molecular Biology1
BIOS 355Environmental Health: An Ecological Perspective4
PSYC 200Introduction to Psychology 13
PSYC 309Abnormal Psychology3
or PSYC 320 Developmental Psychology: Lifespan
Supporting Science courses 2
CHEM 105General Chemistry I4
CHEM 106General Chemistry II4
CHEM 301Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 311Laboratory in Organic Chemistry I1
MATH 210Introduction to Probability and Statistics3
or MATH 318 Biostatistics
PHSC 111Physics I3
PHSC 117Physics I Laboratory1
Select 12 credits from the following (9 credits of BIOS upper-division, 3 credits of BIOS/KNES/PSYC)12
Microbiology
Vertebrate Biology
Prosection
Nutrition and Metabolism
Nutrition and Metabolism Lab
Genetics
Advanced Microbiology
Parasitology
Developmental Biology
Topics in Advanced Biology
Immunology
Directed Research
General Virology
Clinical Observation Practicum
Internship
Kinesiology
Exercise Physiology
Abnormal Psychology
Developmental Psychology: Lifespan
Developmental Psychology: Childhood and Adolescence
Psychology of Family
Total Credits68

NOTE: The course sequence table is designed by the major department and is one way that the classes will work out properly in sequence for your major. However, there are alternative or flexible ways to rotate some of the classes within the same year/level and sometimes between year levels. Please contact your major department advisor to discuss flexible alternatives in scheduling the sequence of your classes.

See Core Curriculum Program section for a list of approved Core Curriculum courses.

Pre-Chiropractic

Pre-Health Care Professional

Human Biology, B.S. Pre-Chiropractic

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 103 or 1653BBST 103 or 1653
BIOS 1123BIOS 1113
BIOS 1141BIOS 1131
CHEM 1054CHEM 1064
ENGL 100 or 1123Communication (see Core Curriculum)3
KNES 1071 
GNST 1021 
 16 14
Total Credits 30
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 209 or 2103BBST 209 or 2103
BBST 2513BBST 3543
BIOS 2001BIOS 300/400 or CHEM 302 & 3124
BIOS 2544MATH 101, 105, 210, or 3183
CHEM 3013PHIL 215 (strongly recommended)3
CHEM 3111KNES Activity1
PSYC 200 (required)3 
 18 17
Total Credits 35
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 300/400 Bible Elective3BBST 306, 316, or 3263
BBST 3653BBST 4653
BIOS 281, 282, or 3814PHSC 1123
PHSC 1113PHSC 1181
PHSC 1171Fine Arts (see Core Curriculum)3
ENGL 3133HIST 200, 201, or POSC 2253
Writing Competency RequirementGraduation Petition due in Registrar's Office
 17 16
Total Credits 33
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Coursework taken at Los Angeles Chiropractic College (Southern California University of Health Sciences)See Catalog for details
 0 0
Total Credits 0

Human Biology, B.S. Pre-Health Care Professional

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 103 or 1653BBST 103 or 1653
BIOS 1123BIOS 1113
BIOS 1141BIOS 1131
CHEM 1054CHEM 1064
ENGL 100 or 1123PSYC 200 (required)3
KNES 1071KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)1
GNST 1021 
 16 15
Total Credits 31
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 209 or 2103BBST 209 or 2103
BBST 2513BIOS 2001
BIOS 2544BIOS 281 or 3814
CHEM 301
CHEM 311
4BIOS 3083
MATH 210 or 3183PHIL 215 (strongly recommended)3
 Literature (see Core Curriculum)3
 17 17
Total Credits 34
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 3653BBST 3543
BIOS 3113BIOS 3123
ENGL 3133BIOS 3221
PHSC 1113BIOS Elective (upper-division)3
PHSC 1171Elective (BIOS/KNES/PSYC)3
PSYC 309 or 3203Communication (see Core Curriculum)3
Writing Competency RequirementGraduation Petition due in Registrar's Office
 16 16
Total Credits 32
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 300/400 Bible Elective3BBST 4653
BIOS 3554BBST 306, 316, or 3263
BIOS Elective (upper-division)3BIOS Elective (upper-division)3
HIST 200, 201, or POSC 2253Fine Arts (see Core Curriculum)3
 13 12
Total Credits 25