Associate of Science in Human Biology
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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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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.
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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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