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B.S. in Health Sciences

School of Science, Technology and Health


Biola's health sciences degree (formerly the B.S. in Human Biology) focuses on the scientific understanding and specific workings of God's most complex design — the human body. Our program provides rigorous coursework, hands-on-training in well-equipped laboratories and a rich independent research experience from a Christian worldview. As a Biola health sciences graduate, you can be confident that our expert health professions advisors have provided the knowledge base and skills you'll need to successfully enter graduate studies and the world of health care professionals.

*We are now accepting B.S. in Health Sciences students for the 2022-23 academic year.

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  • Pre-Health Care Professional

    The pre-health care professional concentration prepares students for further studies and training in health professions, particularly as a physician assistant or physical therapist.

Why Choose Health Sciences at Biola?

In addition to its strong curriculum, expert faculty members and vigorous biblical integration of faith and science, Biola’s health sciences program offers several key advantages:

  • Small class sizes provide maximum interaction and faculty mentoring.
  • Students get hands-on experience with the latest scientific equipment in well-equipped chemistry and biology labs. Instruments include a high performance liquid chromatograph, an electron microscope, an X-ray diffractometer and a high-speed centrifuge.
  • The Biola Office of Health Professions Advising (BOHPA), a distinctive of Biola, provides resources for taking qualifying exams like the GRE and MCAT, mock interviews, tag-alongs with health professionals and general advice for applying to postgraduate programs.
  • Student groups like the Health Careers Club offer numerous opportunities for support and interaction.
  • Biola's location in Southern California offers numerous opportunities for internships and research in hospital, clinical, industrial, government and other academic laboratories.

What Will I Study?

Biola's health sciences courses will provide you an opportunity to gain a wide-range of knowledge that deals with the biological, psychological and chemical processes of human life. Your coursework will include human anatomy, human physiology and neurobiology, where the focus is specifically on what happens within the body. Course topics and learning highlights include:

  • Introduction to principles of molecular biology and genetics
  • Discussing origin theories and bioethics
  • Exploring anatomy, physiology, and environmental health
  • Biology field projects, dissection, and experimentation
  • Experience in scientific writing
  • Human systems analysis and electrophysiology lab
  • Study of microbial organisms, emphasizing bacteria and viruses
  • Laboratory techniques for isolation and purification of organic compounds
  • Examine dietary deficiencies and disorders through food analysis lab and field trips
  • Survey of empirical and behavioral sciences from a Christian worldview, including human development, cognition, learning and personality

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4 years
Standard Duration
This indicates the standard duration of this program. Completion time may vary depending on transferred coursework and preferred courseload.
Total Program Credits
Total program credits include a combination of major/concentration, Bible/theology and general education credits.
Biola University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. Additional accreditations may apply to specific programs.

Career Paths

The health sciences degree provides an exceptional general medical foundation that will prepare you for graduate studies and for careers in fields such as medicine, health or exercise science, research, education and ministry. As a well-equipped professional, you can expect to impact the world for Jesus Christ in professions such as:

  • Physician Assistant
  • Physical therapist
  • Athletic trainer
  • Nurse (including advanced practice nursing)
  • Chiropractor
  • Cytotechnologist
  • Dentist
  • Optometrist
  • Medical missions
  • Corporate fitness professional
  • Dietician

For more information on careers in the health care field, please visit our Health Science Careers website.

What are Graduates Doing Now?

Biola graduates from the health sciences major have gone on to study at distinguished graduate schools such as:

  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Southern California
  • Loma Linda University
  • Oregon Health Sciences University
  • Western University of Health Sciences
  • University of the Pacific
  • Southern California University of the Health Sciences