B.A. in Allied Health with Business Emphasis

The B.A. and B.S. in Allied Health programs prepares students for careers or graduate work in nursing, nutrition, occupational therapy, chiropractic care, physician assistant positions, and more.

67 units

Allied health encompasses professions that provide technical, therapeutic, and support services within the healthcare field. The Bachelor of Arts in Allied Health with Business Emphasis program comprises a rigorous curriculum that combines foundational biological, chemical, and physical knowledge with core business courses including accounting, marketing, and microeconomics. This program also provides an environment where undergraduate students can develop a Christian worldview and learn to integrate their faith into their future careers as allied health business professionals.

The B.A. in Allied Health with Business Emphasis program is excellent preparation for a variety of careers in industry, government, and health care that require a background in science and business, including but not limited to such fields as healthcare administration, pharmaceutical and biotechnology sales and service, and public health. Students in this major are required to collaborate with science and/or business faculty in a research project, or participate in an off-campus internship in a business setting.

Note: Entry requirements differ among graduate schools and jobs. Students are responsible to research the requirements of graduate programs and professions in which they are interested.


All of the following requirements must be met to continue as an allied health, biology, biochemistry, or chemistry major. A student’s failure to maintain these requirements will result in him or her being dropped from the major. Reentry to the major is by petition only.

  • Must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all biology, chemistry, biochemistry, math, and physics courses required for the major.
  • Must complete each BIOC, BIOL, or CHEM course with a C- or higher in order for the course to meet a degree requirement in the Department of Biology and Chemistry.
  • Any single course within the major can be taken only two times at APU; students must change to a major outside the department after two unsuccessful (below C-) attempts in a single required course.
  • Only two courses total within the major can be repeated; students must change to a major outside the department after unsuccessful (below C-) attempts in any three required courses.
Required Core Courses
BIOL 151General Biology I 14
BIOL 152General Biology II4
BIOL 240Biology of Microorganisms4
BIOL 280Cell Biology4
BIOL 496Writing 3: Ethics and the Sciences 23
CHEM 151General Chemistry I 1, 34
CHEM 152General Chemistry II 34
CHEM 240Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry4
MATH 130Introduction to Statistics 43
PHYC 151Physics for Life Sciences I 1,34
PHYC 152Physics for Life Sciences II 34
ACCT 120Principles of Accounting I4
MGMT 210Principles of Management3
MKTG 260Principles of Marketing3
FIN 300Business Finance for Managers3
or FIN 320 Principles of Corporate Finance
ECON 251Principles of Microeconomics3
Required Internship Course3
Business Internship
Biological Science Internship
Upper-Division Electives6
Principles of Biochemistry 5
Biomolecular Chemistry 5
Biomolecular Metabolism 5
Genetics 6
Ecology 7
Neurobiology 6
Vertebrate Biology
Medical Microbiology
Regional Human Anatomy
Mammalian Physiology
Plant Biology
Molecular Biology
Stewardship Ecology
Developmental Biology
Practicum and Topics in Allied Health 6
Advanced Topics in Biology
Total Units67

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a broad knowledge base in their chosen field.
  2. Effectively communicate scientific ideas and research orally.
  3. Effectively communicate scientific ideas and research in writing.
  4. Demonstrate proficiency in problem solving and applying the scientific method to scientific questions.
  5. Demonstrate laboratory skills and techniques.
  6. Express a Christian worldview that integrates faith with their vocation.