Human Biology

The mission of the department of biological sciences at Biola University is to provide an academically stimulating and challenging environment for intellectual and spiritual growth, preparing students to pursue careers as scientists, healthcare professionals, and teachers.

What will I study?

The Human Biology major is designed to provide the prerequisites for many hearlthcare careers. The course work includes Human Anatomy, Human Physiology and Neurobiology, where the focus is specifically on what happens in humans. A student graduating will have the opportunity to go into many different careers since the major can be tailored to the student's needs by choosing specific electives that meet the requirements of the student's chosen future profession. The student's academic advisor can help the student choose the appropriate electives.

A special opportunity occurs for those students interested in becoming a Chiropractor. Biola offers a 3 + 1 1/2 cooperative program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in human biology. This program is offered in cooperation with Southern California University of Health Science. During the first three years, students complete coursework in biology, chemistry, physics, biblical studies, and the liberal arts at Biola. The upper division biology courses are taken while enrolled at Southern California University of Health Science during the final year. Upon successful completion of the required courses, the student earns the Bachelor of Science degree from Biola. All courses taken at Biola must be completed with a "C" grade or higher with a minimum GPA of 2.5 to be admitted into the program. Upon successful completion of the entire chiropractic program and examinations, the student earns the doctor of chiropractic degree from Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, a professional school, accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the Council on Chiropractic Education. It is located just three miles from Biola, in Whittier, California.

Degree Requirements

Human Biology with concentrations in:

Admissions Requirements

The following high school courses are recommended for students interested in the biological Sciences:

  • 1 year - Biology
  • 1 year - Chemistry
  • 3 years - Mathematics
  • 2 years - Foreign Language

One year of Physics is desirable.

The Science Department suggests an SAT Math score of at least 500 (or the ACT equivalent) to pursue this major.

You will be required to take a Chemistry and/or Physics Placement exam.

Deficiencies can be fulfilled with permission from the Department of Biological Science.

Go Deeper

For more information, check out this department's website:

Human Biology Department Website

Interesting classes I might take

  • Neurobiology
  • Kinesiology
  • Abnormal Psychology

What can I do with a degree in Human Biology?

  • Chiropractor
  • Physical Therapist
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Biologist
  • Physician's Assistant

Why choose Human Biology at Biola?

Human Biology is the branch of knowledge that deals with the biological and chemical processes of human life. It includes the allied sciences such as anatomy, physiology, genetics, chemistry, nutrition, biochemistry, physics and immunology. The human biology major will develop a basic competence in these areas.

"I love Biola’s Human Biology program because it does not separate my faith and my education into two different categories. The integration of the two brings my educational experience to a whole new level. As I learn more about how the human body functions, I'm also growing in my understanding of God."

- Lisa Holm

What are BU Human Biology graduates doing now?

Biola graduates from the Human Biology major have gone on to study at the following graduate schools:

USC, Loma Linda University, University of the Pacific, Southern California University of the Health Sciences

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