Undergraduate Programs
Bachelor of Science Human Science Major
(4 years—120 credits)
Regulations amended, effective September 1, 2009

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 an approved college diploma in a health-oriented field may be given up to 60 credits towards the BScHS degree.

Athabasca University has developed program learning outcomes that describe the career options that may be available to you upon graduating.

  Program Structure  
  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
  Residency requirement. A minimum of 30 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University 30
  Graduation with Distinction or Great Distinction. At least 24 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University in order to be considered. 24
  Maximum Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) credits 30
  Maximum Credits Allowed  
  In any one Science discipline 45
  At the preparatory (100) level 6
  Course Notes  
  The following courses can satisfy the requirements in either the Social Science area of study or the Science area of study, not both. If you want the course to satisfy the Science area of study, complete the course and request Admissions and Evaluation Services to make the change.
PSYC 289 Psychology as a Natural Science (3)
PSYC 355 Cognitive Psychology (3)
PSYC 387 Learning (3)
PSYC 402 Biological Psychology (3)
PSYC 304 Research Methods in Psychology*
*Students who have taken PSYC 404 are not required to take 304.



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.
Six 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 computer science (COMP) 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)
  ** These core Arts courses will fulfill part of the minimum credits required in Arts and/or Administrative Studies.  

*English Writing Skills Requirement

If you satisfy one of the following, you are not required to take ENGL 255. However, you must replace the three credits in order to satisfy the program's credit requirement.


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

receive 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  
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)
ANTH 278 Human Evolution and Diversity (3)
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)
NUTR 495 Nutrition Projects (3)
NUTR 496 Nutrition Projects (3)
PSYC 355 Cognitive Psychology (3)
PSYC 387 Learning (3)
PSYC 402 Biological Psychology (3)
PSYC 304 Research Methods in Psychology*
*Students who have obtained credit for PSYC 404 may not take 304.

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