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Athabasca University

Bachelor of Science
Human Science Minor

New Minor, effective September 1, 2017.

The Human Science minor at Athabasca University offers students a customizable program of study to obtain expertise in the biology and health of the human body. This minor is designed to provide a background in human biology while allowing significant flexibility for students to choose courses of interest in human health, community health, nutrition, and psychology. It is intended to prepare students for careers in the life sciences, further study in programs such as medicine or graduate work in biology and health-related disciplines. Students will develop an understanding of the chemical and biological processes of the human body and be able to relate this knowledge to aspects of health and development as well as to the human environment.

Human Science Minor – Specific Requirements

In addition to the BSc program general requirements and the specific requirements of the major, a minor in Human Science involves the completion of 24 credits of core and elective courses.

Core Courses

9 credits
BIOL 235 Human Anatomy and Physiology (6)
HLST 200 Introduction to Human Health I (3)

Elective Courses

15 credits
Students complete a minimum of 15 credits in Human Science electives to be selected from the list of courses below. A minimum of 6 credits must be at the senior (300 or higher) level. Courses that are not listed here but which are easily demonstrated to have mainly Human Science content may be considered towards the credit requirements.
BIOL 204 Principles of Biology I (3)
BIOL 205

Principles of Biology IIB (home lab version)


BIOL 207 Principles of Biology II (lab component)
BIOL 310 Biology of Human Sexuality (3)
BIOL 320 Comparative Anatomy of the Vertebrates (lab component) (3)
BIOL 325 Introductory Biology (lab component) (3)
BIOL 341 Human Genetics (3)
BIOL 345 Ecology (lab component) (3)
BIOL 401 Cell Biology (3)
BIOL 480 Immunology (lab component) (3)
BIOL 495 Biology Projects I (3)
BIOL 496 Biology Projects II (3)
CHEM 301 Introduction to Biochemistry (3)
CHEM 350 Organic Chemistry I (lab component) (3)
CHEM 360 Organic Chemistry II (lab component) (3)
NUTR 330 Introductory Nutrition (3)
NUTR 405 Nutrition in Health and Diseases (3)
NUTR 495 Nutrition Projects (3)
ANTH 278 Human Evolution and Diversity (3)
HADM 336 Community Health Planning (3)
HADM 379 Introduction to Epidemiology (3)
HLST 301 Complementary and Alternative Therapies (3)
PSYC 355 Cognitive Psychology (3)
PSYC 402 Biological Psychology (3)


Information effective Sept. 1, 2017 to Aug. 31, 2018.

Updated October 18 2018 by laurab

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