Undergraduate Programs
Bachelor of Science - Human Science Major
(4 years—120 credits)
Regulations effective September 1, 2003

The Bachelor of Science Human Science major is offered by Athabasca University's Centre for Science. The program is designed for students who are pursuing a concentration in Human Science. This program is particularly suited for individuals who wish to continue professional careers in health sciences, research and development, biodiagnostics, to name several areas.

The BScHS degree major will enable students to customize their area of interest by taking courses from electives in human science and other disciplines. Students who hold a diploma in a health-oriented field may be given up to 60 credits towards the BScHS degree.

  Degree Requirements  
  Total credits in the program 120
  Minimum Credits Required  
  Senior (300 or 400) level 75
  Science courses 75
  • In senior (300 or 400) level science courses
   (12 credits at 400 level)
  Arts and/or Applied Studies courses
No more than 9 credits from any one discipline
  Through AU 30
  Maximum Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) credits 30
  Maximum Credits Allowed  
  In any one Science discipline 45
  At the preparatory (100) level 6
  The following courses can satisfy either the Social Science area of study or the Science area of study requirements, but not both. Students who wish to use these courses to satisfy the Science area of study requirements, must call Admissions and Evaluations Services and request the change upon completion of the course.
ENVS 253 Global Environmental Change: The Scientific and Social Issues (3)
PSYC 289 Psychology as a Natural Science (3)
PSYC 355 Cognitive Psychology (3)
PSYC 387 Learning (3)
PSYC 402 Biological Psychology (3)
PSYC 404 Experimental Psychology (3)



BSc Human Science Major Core Course Requirements

Students in the BScHS degree major must complete the following core course requirements as they are specific to this major.

A total of 18 credits of laboratory science, selected from:
BIOL 204 Principles of Biology I (3)
BIOL 207 Principles of Biology II
(available as lab component only)
BIOL 325 Introductory Microbiology (3)
BIOL 345 Introductory Ecology (3)
CHEM 217 Chemical Principles I (3)
CHEM 218 Chemical Principles II (3)


  The 18 credits of laboratory science fulfill the 18 credits in junior (200) level laboratory science as outlined in the core course requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree program.
6 credits in Mathematics from:
MATH 215 Introduction to Statistics
MATH 216 Computer-Oriented Approach to Statistics (3)
MATH 265 Introduction to Calculus I
MATH 270 Linear Algebra I (3)
Any university-level computing (COMP) science course
All of the following:  
SCIE 326 Scientific Reasoning
(may be used to satisfy the minimum senior-
level science credit requirements).
PHIL 333 Professional Ethics**
PHIL 371 Ethics: Science, Technology, and the Environment (3)
HIST 404 Historical Foundations of Modern Science (3)
ENGL 255 Introductory Composition (see note below) (3)

English Writing Skills Requirement

The English writing skills requirement (ENGL 255) will be waived (students must replace the 3 credits to satisfy the credit requirement) if you satisfy one of the following:



pass the Alberta Universities Writing Competence Test.



have a grade of B- (70 percent) or better in an AU English course above the preparatory (100) level;


receive transfer credit for an English course in which a grade of B- or better was achieved.
  Human Science Major Required Courses (15 credits)
BIOL 230 Human Physiology
BIOL 235 Human Anatomy and Physiology (6)
BIOL 341 Human Genetics (3)
HLST 200 Introduction to Human Health (3)
NUTR 330 Introductory Nutrition
NUTR 331 Nutrition for Health (3)
  Human Science Elective Courses
(select 33 credits from the following)
BIOL 401 Cell Biology (3)
BIOL 495 Biology Projects I (3)
BIOL 496 Biology Projects II (3)
CHEM 301 Introduction to Biochemistry (3)
CHEM 330 Environmental Chemistry (3)
CHEM 350 Organic Chemistry I (3)
CHEM 360 Organic Chemistry II (3)
CHEM 495 Chemistry Projects (3)
CHEM 496 Chemistry Projects (3)
HADM 379 Introduction to Epidemiology (3)
HLST 301 Alternative Therapies (3)
HLST 320 Teaching and Learning for Health Professionals (3)
NURS 328 Understanding Research (3)
NUTR 405 Nutrition in Health and Disease (3)
NUTR 406 Modern Concepts in Nutrition (3)
PSYC 355 Cognitive Psychology (3)
PSYC 387 Learning (3)
PSYC 402 Biological Psychology (3)
PSYC 404 Experimental Psychology (3)

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