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Prepare for a Career in Health Science

Are you interested in a career path related to health sciences, such as nursing or public health? Maybe you know you want a career related to health or biology but need to decide which is right for you. The Associate of Science in Human Biology provides the prerequisite coursework to transition into a bachelor’s degree program at National University including a BS in nursing, public health, clinical lab sciences, or biology.

Our AS in Human Biology provides valuable skills for any student considering a health career. The main coursework of the program includes anatomy & physiology and microbiology courses (lecture and lab), as well as chemistry and biostatistics. Introductory-level psychology, sociology, and communication courses ensure a strong background and breadth of knowledge.

Students planning to transition into a bachelor’s degree program or other health-related fields should check program requirements prior to completing our program.

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Course Details

Course Listing

Prerequisites for the Major

  • 7 courses; 28.5 quarter units

Course Name

An introductory course on the written academic discourse patterns required for college-level writing. Emphasizing essay-length compositions, the course covers critical reading, thesis formation, essay organization, and basic revision techniques.

This class is an introduction to the principles and application of speaking effectively to diverse audiences in a variety of settings. Focus is on topic selection, organization, analysis of research, and delivery, with special attention on learning effective delivery skills.

PrerequisiteENG 102

A cross-disciplinary course that teaches effective report and research paper writing through the use of key computer technologies. Topics include library and Internet research; information organization, evaluation, and synthesis; MLA and APA style formats; and the use of document-production, image-editing, and presentation software.

Recommended PreparationMTH 204, or MTH 215, or MTH 216A and MTH 216B

Fundamentals of inorganic and organic chemistry, including bonding and basic types of reactions. An introduction to nuclear, biological and environmental chemistry. Basic principles and calculations of chemistry with emphasis in the areas of atomic structure, molecular structure and properties, equilibrium, thermodynamics, oxidation-reduction and kinetics.

PrerequisiteCHE 101, or CHE 141 for science majors

This laboratory course will complement the student’s knowledge of chemistry with demonstrations and experiments.

PrerequisiteENG 102

Through an historical and literary approach, this course examines the history of the state of Nevada from the Native peoples to the present. Includes a component on Nevada Constitution required for graduation from all Nevada colleges and universities.

#Required for Nevada students only.

Course Name (Choose one of the follow two courses)

PrerequisiteMTH 12A and MTH 12B, or Accuplacer test placement

A review of basic mathematics principles, including main algebra concepts, for business, probability and statistics, physical, natural, and social sciences for non-mathematics majors. This course provides the necessary skills to be successful in MTH 210, MTH 215, SCI 104 and SCI 104A, SCI 101 and SCI 101A, SCI 102, SOC 100 and SOC 260.

PrerequisiteMTH 12A and MTH 12B, or Accuplacer test placement evaluation

Examines higher degree polynomials, rational, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometry and matrix algebra needed for more specialized study in mathematics, computer science, engineering and other related fields. Computer and/or graphing calculator use is highly recommended.

Requirements for the Major

  • 9 courses; 31.5 quarter units

It is strongly recommended that students complete the BIO 201 – 203A series in numerical sequence: BIO 201 + 201A, 202 + 202A, 203 + 203A.

Course Name

A survey of the field of psychology that provides an overview of the scientific principles and theories in psychology. Topics include: biological psychology, abnormal behavior, motivation, emotion, sexuality and gender, and personality theory.

PrerequisiteENG 102

Critical introduction to basic sociology concepts. Examination of major theoretical perspectives and research methods. Topics include: economic stratification, race, gender, family, deviance, complex organizations.

CorequisiteBIO 191A, or BIO 201A; Recommended: Prior completion ofBIO 100; BIO 100A; CHE 101; CHE 101A

Areas of study include chemistry, cells, tissues, organ systems (integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous), and their functional relation to each other. Topics also include the aging process and diseases in these systems, as well as the development and repair of the organs and tissues in these systems. BIO201 should be taken with the co-requisite section of either BIO191A or BIO 201A with the same instructor (and classmates).

Course Name (Choose one of the follow two courses)

CorequisiteBIO 201; Recommended: Prior completion ofBIO 100; BIO 100A; CHE 101; CHE 101A

This course uses virtual labs and online resources to explore human anatomy and physiology. This first lab course in the series covers body plan, microscopes, cells, tissues, skin, bone, muscle, nervous system, and special senses. Students should verify that this course will transfer to their desired program.

CorequisiteBIO 191A, or BIO 201A; Recommended: Prior completion ofBIO 100; BIO 100A; CHE 101; CHE 101A

Areas of study include chemistry, cells, tissues, organ systems (integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous), and their functional relation to each other. Topics also include the aging process and diseases in these systems, as well as the development and repair of the organs and tissues in these systems. BIO201 should be taken with the co-requisite section of either BIO191A or BIO 201A with the same instructor (and classmates).

Course Name

CorequisiteBIO 203A Students should take both lecture and lab courses concurrently and with the same instructor to ensure a consistent learning experience. Students who are retaking one of the two courses or present special circumstances should petition for exception to this requisite.; Recommended: Prior completion ofBIO 100 and BIO 100A; CHE 101 and CHE 101A or equivalent courses; BIO 201 and BIO 201A; BIO 202 and BIO 202A

Biology of pathogenic and nonpathogenic microbes, including bacteria, fungi, protozoans, and viruses. The epidemiology of disease-causing agents is studied, along with the fundamentals of the human immune response. Students should take both lecture and lab courses concurrently and with the same instructor to ensure a consistent learning experience. Students who are retaking one of the two courses or present special circumstances should petition for exception to this requisite.

Course Name (Choose one of the follow two courses)

CorequisiteBIO 203; Recommended: Prior completion ofBIO 191A; BIO 201; CHE 101; CHE 101A

This course uses virtual labs and online resources to instruct students about biosafety procedures, as well as methods of isolation, quantification, and identification of microorganisms. Students will become familiar with light microscopy, preparation and analysis of stained slides. Students should verify that this course will transfer to their desired program.

CorequisiteBIO 203; Recommended: Prior completion ofBIO 100; BIO 100A; CHE 101; CHE 101A; BIO 201 and BIO 201A; BIO 202 and BIO 202A

This laboratory course introduced students to procedures for handling microbes, methods of identification of microorganisms (microscopic and by diagnostic media), preparation of stained slides and wet mounts, aseptic techniques, isolation of a single colony, preparation of a pure culture, inoculation and interpretation of select diagnostic tests. This two-month course is a combination of lecture and laboratory activities. Students should take both lecture and lab courses concurrently and with the same instructor to ensure a consistent learning experience. Students who are retaking one of the two courses or present special circumstances should petition for exception to this requisite.

*These online lab courses are not accepted into NU BSN programs.

Course Name

An introduction to concepts, procedures and software used in the statistical analysis of data in the health professions.

Degree and Course Requirements

To receive the AS in Human Biology degree, students must complete at least 90 quarter units, 31.5 of which must be taken in residence at National University. Of the 90 units required, 40.5 must fall into the areas of general education listed below. Students must complete 4.5 quarter units in diversity enriched coursework. A plus (+) indicates a diversity enriched offering. All undergraduate students working toward the Associate of Science in Human Biology must meet the University diversity requirement. The other 49.5 units can be comprised of elective courses and/or specific major program preparatory courses. All students receiving an undergraduate degree in Nevada are required by State Law to complete a course in Nevada Constitution.

Students are urged to meet English requirements as early as possible in their college studies to avoid serious difficulties in other coursework. Refer to the section on undergraduate admission procedures for specific information regarding application and placement evaluation.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the social, physiological, and psychological aspects of human behavior at a basic level.
  • Discuss the complexities of human biology on the continuum from the level of organism to the level of organized social being.
  • Use computer technologies to augment productivity, apply statistical procedures and to gain access to multiple informational resource services.
  • Communicate effectively with others using oral, visual, and written methods.

Hear From Our Faculty

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“We designed this program to offer maximum return and great flexibility. Students can explore possible career paths while they acquire both knowledge and valuable job skills.”

Dr. Ana Maria Barral, Ph.D., Professor & Academic Program Director, AS Human Biology Program

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you can! To see if your bachelor’s program of interest can accept entirely online courses, check its requirements. For example, the NU BS nursing program does not accept online biology laboratory classes and requires onsite anatomy & physiology/microbiology lab classes. The BS in Public Health and BS in Clinical Laboratory Sciences do not require onsite laboratory classes.

Onsite classes are currently offered in San Diego at Spectrum and South Bay (Chula Vista) campuses as well as in LA and Fresno. They will soon be restarting at the Navy Hospital and Rancho Cordova (Sacramento). Most onsite classes are evening classes, although daytime sections also exist.

If you are new to NU, first take a foundational class such as SOC100 or PSY100 to get used to the condensed 4-week course schedule. It is recommended to take CHE101/101A before taking the BIO classes. Please note that anatomy & physiology (1 & 2) and microbiology are taught over 2 months, as lecture and lab count as separate classes.

You may consider taking a general biology class such as BIO100 to refresh your knowledge. Or BIO161, which is a prerequisite for some of the bachelor’s degree programs.

When applying to a nursing program, you must complete the TEAS Test, which has a chemistry section. In addition, chemistry is fundamental in understanding biology, anatomy & physiology, and microbiology.

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