2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Sep 27, 2021  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

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Human Biology (B.S.)

Program Coordinator/Contact

Radhey Kaushik, Department Head
Department of Biology and Microbiology
Alfred Dairy Science Hall 228

Program Information

The curriculum in the Human Biology major is designed for students planning to apply to health-related professional programs (e.g. chiropractic, dentistry, medicine, optometry, occupational therapy, physical therapy and physician assistant.)

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Human Biology major, students will:

  • Demonstrate understanding and application of evolution; biological structure and function; biological and biochemical pathways and transformations of energy and matter; biological systems; and biology, biochemical, physiological and structural aspects of the human body.
  • Apply the process of science.
  • Demonstrate understanding of and application of quantitative reasoning; information flow, exchange, and storage; relationship between science and society.
  • Tap into the interdisciplinary nature of science.
  • Communicate and collaborate with other disciplines.

Academic Requirements

A grade of C or higher is required for all major requirements including BIOL, MICR, CHEM 112, CHEM 114, CHEM 326, CHEM 328, CHEM 464, PHYS, MATH, and STAT 281.

Course Delivery Format

Program coursework is on-campus, in classroom and laboratories, as well as field-based settings. Additional coursework is available at off-campus attendance centers.  Limited coursework is available online.

Requirements for Human Biology Major: 120 Credits

Bachelor of Science

Department of Biology and Microbiology Requirements

  • 25 semester credits must be upper division (300 and above), with the exception that MATH 125 and 225, Calculus II and III, may be counted as five credits toward the total.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 33 credits from the natural sciences. Refer to departments offering the degree for specific course listings.


Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Total Required Credits: 120

Summary of Program Requirements

Bachelor of Science

System General Education Requirements 32-34 Credit Hours
Major Requirements 44-48 Credit Hours
Supporting Coursework 26 Credit Hours
Electives** 12-18 Credit Hours

**Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Academic Advising Guide Sheet

The goal of the academic advising guide sheets and sample plans of study is to promote undergraduate student success by guiding all students to timely completion of an undergraduate degree. Students are not limited to the course sequence provided for their academic program. Instead, the sample plan of study is one possible path to completing your degree and is meant to be used as a guide for planning purposes in consultation with an academic advisor. The plans also help students prepare for meetings with their academic advisor and track their progress in their selected academic program.