The pre-chiropractic concentration is offered in cooperation with the Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCUHS). Students attend Biola for three years taking courses in biology, chemistry, physics, biblical studies and the liberal arts. Upper-division biology courses are taken at Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, at SCUHS. Upon successful completion of the required courses, the student receives a B.S. degree with a major in human biology from Biola. Upon successful completion of the entire chiropractic program student receives the D.C. degree from the Southern California University of Health Sciences’ Los Angeles College of Chiropractic (LACC).
The pre-health care professional concentration prepares students for further studies and training in health professions, particularly as a physician assistant or physical therapist.
The following high school courses are recommended for students interested in the biological sciences:
An SAT Math score of at least 500 (or the ACT equivalent) is recommended 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.
Biola's human biology degree 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 human biology graduate, you can be confident that our expert pre-med committee and health profession advisors have provided the knowledge base and skills you'll need to successfully enter graduate studies and the world of health care professionals.
In addition to its strong curriculum, expert faculty members and vigorous biblical integration of faith and science, Biola’s human biology program offers several key advantages:
Biola's human biology 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. You can tailor your program through career-specific electives and choose to concentrate in either the pre-health professional or the pre-chiropractic program — the latter involves a partnership with Southern California University of Health Science. Course topics and learning highlights include:
The human biology 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:
For more information on careers in the health care field, please visit our Heath Science Careers website.
Biola graduates from the human biology major have gone on to study at distinguished graduate schools such as: