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Undergraduate Calendar 2011|12

Human Science Major, 4-year, Post Diploma

Bachelor of Science (Post Diploma)
Human Science Major (4 years—120 credits)

Regulations effective September 1, 2011.

The Bachelor of Science (Post Diploma) Human Science major is offered by Athabasca University’s Centre for Science. Students must have successfully completed an approved science-related technician or technology diploma program in allied health (e.g., respiratory therapy, radiation therapy, medical laboratory technology, paramedic program) or nursing from an accredited college or institute of technology before enrolling in the BSc(PD)-HS.

The BSc(PD)-HS is designed to allow students to continue studies towards a science degree from either the technician or technologist level. Athabasca University has developed program learning outcomes that describe the career options that may be available to you upon graduating. Students complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment.

Students are strongly encouraged to register in ENGL 255 early in their program.

Program Structure
General Degree Requirements at the Technician Level
Total credits in the program 120
College diploma at the technician level receives 30
 
Minimum Credits Required beyond the College Diploma (90 credits)
Core course requirements 18
Science 66
Human Science 24
Options (minimum of 3 senior-level science credits) 18
Senior (300 or 400) level 60
  • In senior (300 or 400) level science courses
42
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 Credits Allowed
In junior (200) level courses (maximum of 3 at the preparatory (100) level ) 30
Maximum Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) credits 15
 
General Degree Requirements at the Technologist Level
Total credits in the program 120
College diploma at the technologist
level receives
60
 
Minimum Credits Required beyond the College Diploma (60 credits)
Core course requirements 18
Science 36
Human Science 24
Options (minimum of 3 senior-level science courses) 18
Senior (300 or 400) level 42
  • In senior (300 or 400) level science courses
30
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 Credits Allowed
In junior (200) level courses 18
Maximum Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) credits 15

Human Science Major

Core Course Requirements (18 credits)

3 MATH credits selected from one of the following courses:

MATH 215 Introduction to Statistics

or
(3)
MATH 216 Computer-oriented Approach to Statistics

or
MATH 265 Introduction to Calculus I

or
MATH 270 Linear Algebra I
Any university-level computer science (COMP) course (3)

All of the following courses:

ENGL 255 Introductory Composition (see English Writing Skills Requirement below) (3)
HIST 404 Historical Foundations of Modern Science (3)
PHIL 333 Professional Ethics

or
(3)
PHIL 371 Ethics, Science, Technology, and the Environment
SCIE 326 Scientific Reasoning (3)

 

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 per cent) or better in an AU English course above the preparatory (100) level;
    or
  • receive transfer credit for an English course in which a grade of B- or better was achieved.
Electives
(Select 24 credits from the following)
BIOL 310 Biology of Human Sexuality (3)
BIOL 320 Comparative Anatomy of the Vertebrates (3)
BIOL 325 Introductory Microbiology (3)
BIOL 341 Human Genetics
(3)
BIOL 345 Ecology (3)
BIOL 401 Cell Biology (3)
BIOL 495 Biology Projects I (3)
BIOL 496 Biology Projects II (3)
CHEM 217 Chemical Principles I (3)
CHEM 218 Chemical Principles II (3)
CHEM 301 Introduction to Biochemistry (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 330 Introductory Nutrition (3)
NUTR 331 Nutrition for Health (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 taken PSCY 404 are not required to take PSYC 304.
(3)

 

Specific Regulations

  1. In order to graduate, students must have a GPA of at least 1.7 (60 per cent) across all courses taken at Athabasca University towards a Bachelor of Science degree.
  2. AU will not grant credit for science courses that were completed more than 10 years ago (including computer science courses).
  3. Students who hold an approved college or technical institute science-oriented diploma that is more than five years old, but who can supply evidence of employment indicating they are current in their discipline area, will gain admission to this degree program.
  4. Students who hold an approved college or technical institute science-oriented diploma that is less than five years old, will gain admission to this degree program.
  5. Applications to enter the BSc(PD)-HS should include official transcripts from the institute granting the science-related technician or technology diploma, and if applicable, a copy of a current membership and certification from a recognized technological society such as Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists, Canadian Association of Medical Laboratory Technologists, Canadian Association of Respiratory Therapists.

 

Information effective Sept. 1, 2011 to Aug. 31, 2012.

Updated December 09, 2011