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Athabasca University

Bachelor of Science
Human Science Major

Amended regulations, effective September 1, 2017.

The Human Science major is designed for individuals who wish to pursue careers in the life sciences, including professional designations in medicine and related disciplines, research in biology and human sciences, or other health-related careers. Students will be able to customize their area of interest by completing course in electives in human biology and health as well as other disciplines.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of completing the Human Science major, students should be able to:

  • exhibit insight and complex reasoning to engage in experimental design.
  • demonstrate a fundamental understanding of scientific and applied principles.
  • readily see connections between scientific ideas, systematic procedures, and data.
  • perform experienced and independent skills in quantifying, calculating, and drawing results of laboratory experiments.
  • disseminate information at all levels of interaction by describing clearly the quantities of scientific materials, calculations, and results.
  • show confidence in drawing conclusions from existing data.
  • analyze factors of choice of equipment or application.
  • accurately portray, explain, and interpret data calculation and results of scientific processes related to the discipline.
  • consistently apply hunches and new insights to laboratory application, combining resources, or finding evidence to support new conclusions.
  • show leadership in teaching laboratory techniques to others within the discipline.
  • provide needed resources, in useful and orderly ways, for scientific processes related to the discipline.
  • portray evidence, data, and interpretation in a convincing manner.
  • demonstrate skilled, adepts presentation of scientific ideas and practices in writing.
  • show insight and capacity to illustrate, compare, contrast, and explain scientific material orally.
  • display competence in using computer software and allied equipment and supplies.
  • take part in scientific endeavour through literature searches, conference attendance, or other intervention on related scientific disciplines.
  • demonstrate knowledge of current best practices and ethical applications in the discipline.

Human Science Major – Specific Requirements

In addition to the BSc program general requirements, a major in Human Science involves the completion of 45 credits of core and elective courses. The Human Science major cannot be combined with the Biology minor or the Human Science minor.

Core Courses

21 credits
BIOL 204 Principles of Biology I (lab component) (3)
BIOL 207 Principles of Biology II (lab component) (3)
BIOL 230

Human Physiology (lab component)


BIOL 235 Human Anatomy and Physiology
HLST 200 Introduction to Human Health I (3)
BIOL 341 Human Genetics (3)
BIOL 401 Cell Biology (3)

Elective Courses

24 credits
Students complete a minimum of 24 credits selected from the list of courses below. All 24 credits must be at the senior (300 to higher) level. A minimum of 6 credits must include science lab components. Courses that are not listed here but which are easily demonstrated to have mainly Human Science content may be considered towards the elective credit requirements.
BIOL 310 Biology of Human Sexuality (3)
BIOL 320 Comparative Anatomy of the Vertebrates (lab component) (3)
BIOL 325 Introductory Microbiology (3)
BIOL 345 Ecology (lab component) (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)
CHEM 495 Chemistry Projects I (3)
CHEM 496 Chemistry Projects II (3)
NUTR 330

Introductory Nutrition


NUTR 331 Nutrition for Health
NUTR 405 Nutrition for Health and Disease (3)
NUTR 406 Modern Concepts in Nutrition (3)
NUTR 495 Nutrition Projects I (3)
NUTR 496 Nutrition Projects II (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)

Recommended Options

As the following courses are pre-requisites to some electives, they are recommended options for students in the Human Science major.
CHEM 217 Chemical Principles I (lab component) (3)
CHEM 218 Chemical Principles II (lab component) (3)


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

Updated August 17 2017 by laurab

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