Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences
What will I study as a health sciences major?
Health Science Degree Program Content & Courses
Biola's Health Sciences courses will provide you an opportunity to gain broad strokes of knowledge as well as develop specific critical thinking skills useful for addressing the biological, psychological and chemical processes of human life. Your coursework will include human anatomy, human physiology and neurobiology, with a focus specifically on overall function of the body. Health Sciences 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
- Examination of dietary deficiencies and disorders through food analysis lab and field trips
- Surveying of empirical and behavioral sciences from a Christian worldview, including human development, cognition, learning and personality
Bible and Theology Coursework
As part of Biola’s commitment to a biblically centered education, most undergraduate students complete 30 credits of biblical and theological studies as a part of their degree program. Learn more about our Bible and theology core.
Career Outlook and Preparation
What can you do with a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences?
Our Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree provides an exceptional and foundational medical education that will prepare you for graduate endeavors you may wish to pursue. Additionally, your bachelor's degree from Biola will open many varied career and ministry opportunities in health care fields such as medicine, health or exercise science, research and education. As a well-trained professional you can expect to better the world for Jesus Christ in impactful careers such as:
- Physician Assistant
- Physical Therapist
- Athletic Trainer
- Nurse (including Advanced Practice Nursing)
- Medical Missionary
- Corporate Fitness Professional
- Occupational Therapist (Occupational Therapy)
- Healthcare Administration
In addition, Biola's Health Sciences bachelor's degree graduates have gone on to master's program studies 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
Explore Biola's Health Science Careers website for specific information about various health professions.
17% job growth
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for physical therapists is projected to be much faster than average between 2021 and 2031.
BLS projections are not specific to Biola University students or graduates.
The integration of my faith and education brings my overall 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.
Program-Specific Admissions Requirements
The following high school courses are recommended for students interested in a bachelor's degree in health sciences:
- Biology: 1 year
- Chemistry: 1 year
- Mathematics: 3 years
- Foreign Language: 2 years
- Physics: 1 year is desirable
Schedule a Visit
Learn more about this program by attending an upcoming event for prospective students and parents, or by scheduling a personalized visit.
Tuition and Financial Aid
Attaining a degree from Biola is more affordable than you might think — dramatically lower than the “sticker price” in most cases — with 100% of incoming undergraduate students receiving some form of financial aid.
Program Chair of Biological Sciences
- Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
- M.A., Biola University
- B.S., University of California, San Diego
Director, Office of Health Professions Advising
- M.D., University of California, Los Angeles
- B.S., University of California, Riverside
Associate Dean of Science
- Ph.D., Loma Linda University
- M.S., Institute for Creation Research
- B.A., Point Loma Nazarene College