Allied Health Major

The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Allied Health provide an environment where undergraduate students can develop a Christian worldview and learn to integrate their faith into their future careers as allied health professionals. The major comprises a rigorous curriculum in modern biology and is also consistent with the requirements for a broad range of allied health careers. Specifically, the B.A. provides most of the prerequisites for careers or graduate work in cytotechnology, entry-level master’s in nursing, nutrition and dietetics, occupational therapy, orthotics and prosthetics, physical therapy, physical therapy assistant, and radiation technology. The B.S. degree meets most of the prerequisites for careers in chiropractic care, clinical laboratory science, and as a physician assistant. Coursework for the major combines foundational biological, chemical, and physical knowledge with a variety of applied topics including psychology, math, and electives tailored to the student’s postgraduate goals.

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.

Bachelor of Arts in Allied Health

Biology
BIOL 151General Biology I 14
BIOL 240Biology of Microorganisms4
BIOL 250Human Anatomy4
BIOL 251Human Physiology4
BIOL 280Cell Biology4
BIOL 396Topics in Biology and Christian Thought 21
BIOL 496Writing 3: Ethics and the Sciences 33
Chemistry
CHEM 151General Chemistry I 1, 44
CHEM 152General Chemistry II 44
Math
MATH 130Introduction to Statistics 53
Physics
PHYC 151Physics for Life Sciences I 1, 44
PHYC 152Physics for Life Sciences II 44
Psychology
PSYC 110General Psychology 63
PSYC 290Human Growth and Development 63
Biology Electives
Select two of the following:8
Genetics
Neurobiology
Molecular Biology
Practicum and Topics in Allied Health 7
B.A. Electives
Select three of the following (at least one must be in PSYC):9-11
Physiology of Exercise
Kinesiology
Science Internship
Developmental Biology
Advanced Topics in Biology
Directed Research
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry 8
Psychology of Child and Adolescent Development
Psychology of Adult Development
Abnormal Psychology
Writing 3: Research Methods in Psychology 7
Psychology of Personality
Health Psychology
Multicultural Psychology 9
Psychology of Exceptional Children
Psychosocial Interventions in Pediatric Health Care
Stress and Coping
Total Units66-68
1

Meets the General Education Humanities: Natural Science requirement.

2

BIOL 152 meets this requirement if taken at APU.

3

Meets either the General Education Writing 3 requirement or the General Education Integrative and Applied Learning requirement, but not both.

4

This course may be waived with an appropriate Advanced Placement test score.

5

Meets the General Education Quantitative Literacy requirement.  

6

Meets the General Education Humanities: Social Science requirement.

7

Meets the General Education Writing 3 requirement.

8

CHEM 251, CHEM 261, CHEM 252, CHEM 262, and BIOC 360 taken together meet the B.A. elective for CHEM 240 and an additional B.A. elective.

9

Meets the General Education Intercultural Competence requirement.

Bachelor of Science in Allied Health

Biology
BIOL 151General Biology I 14
BIOL 240Biology of Microorganisms4
BIOL 250Human Anatomy4
BIOL 251Human Physiology4
BIOL 280Cell Biology4
BIOL 300Genetics4
BIOL 396Topics in Biology and Christian Thought 61
BIOL 496Writing 3: Ethics and the Sciences 73
Chemistry
CHEM 151General Chemistry I 1, 44
CHEM 152General Chemistry II 44
CHEM 240Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry 94
Mathematics
MATH 130Introduction to Statistics 103
Physics
PHYC 151Physics for Life Sciences I 1, 44
PHYC 152Physics for Life Sciences II 44
Psychology
PSYC 110General Psychology 23
Sociology
SOC 120Introduction to Sociology 23
Electives
Select one of the following:4
Principles of Biochemistry 8
Biochemistry I 8
Biochemistry II 8
Ecology 3
Neurobiology
Vertebrate Biology
Mammalian Physiology
Plant Biology
Molecular Biology
Practicum and Topics in Allied Health 3
Select at least 3 units from the following: 63
Medical Microbiology
Pre-health Seminar 5
Medical Missions Practicum 5
Science Internship
Stewardship Ecology
Developmental Biology
Biology Seminar 5
Advanced Topics in Biology
Readings 5
Directed Research 5
or an additional 4-unit course from the previous Electives list above
Total Units64
1

Meets the General Education Humanities: Natural Sciences requirement.

2

Meets the General Education Humanities: Social Science requirement.

3

Meets the General Education Writing 3 requirement.

4

This course may be waived with an appropriate Advanced Placement test score. 

5

Students may take a maximum of 3 units total from BIOL 390, BIOL 391, BIOL 490, BIOL 497 or BIOL 498 for elective credit. 

6

BIOL 152 meets this requirement if taken at APU.

7

Meets either the General Education Writing 3 requirement or General Education Integrative and Applied Learning requirement, but not both.

8

Students should take BIOC 360 if taking only one semester of biochemistry. For a two-semester sequence, BIOC 380 and BIOC 381 should be taken. Credit will not be given for both BIOC 360 and BIOC 380, nor for both BIOC 360 and BIOC 381.

9

CHEM 251CHEM 261CHEM 252CHEM 262, and BIOC 360 taken together meet the CHEM 240 requirement and a 4-unit BIOL upper-division lab course.

10

Meets the General Education Quantitative Literacy requirement.