Bachelor of Science in Human Biology degree completion program - acupuncture and Oriental medicine students

How to Apply

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Human Biology degree completion program allows College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine students to complete the course requirements for a bachelor's degree. Students may either complete a bachelor's degree or earn a second bachelor's degree.

Who can apply

Students may apply for the Bachelor of Science degree completion program at any time if they are:

  • A prospective student in the application process for the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, OR
  • Currently enrolled and continuing in the College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

To apply, contact the Office of Admissions.


Benefits of the BS in Human Biology degree completion program:

  • Develop your professional skills – including effective oral and written communications.
  • Strengthen your understanding of the philosophical foundations for the scientific method, healthcare ethics and healthcare research.
  • Improve your professional credentials.
  • Increase your chances to be included in managed care networks – some managed care organizations show a preference for practitioners with a bachelor’s degree.
  • Expand your career options beyond clinical practice and be able to pursue other degree programs and professions, including teaching and research. Many master’s degree and Ph.D. programs require a bachelor’s degree as an entrance requirement.

Course Requirements and Curriculum Overview

  1. Undergraduate General Education Requirement (Section A)
  2. Foundational Sciences Requirement (Section B)
  3. Major Requirement - courses taken in the Master of Acupucture or Master of Oriental Medicine programs at Northwestern (Section C)
  4. Health Professions Core Requirement (Section D)


Section A: Undergraduate General Education Requirement (30 credits)

Your Undergraduate General Education requirement must include a minimum of 30 semester credits (45 quarter credits) overall with a minimum of 4 semester credits (6 quarter credits) in each of four categories:

  • Communications (4 credits)
  • Social Sciences (4 credits)
  • Humanities (4 credits)
  • Natural Sciences/Math (4 credits)
  • Additional credits in any of the above categories (14 credits)
If you need to complete these requirements, contact:


Section B: Foundational Sciences Requirement (26-27 credits)

If you completed any of these courses prior to enrolling at Northwestern, you may request that they be evaluated for possible transfer credit.

If you need to complete these requirements, most of these courses are offered in the College of Undergraduate Health Sciences - and many are taught in an accelerated format. Your academic advisor can assist you in working these courses into your schedule.


Section C: Major Requirement (36.25 credits)

Courses taken in the College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine:

Courses taken in the College of Undergraduate Health Sciences:

  • Additional Selected Biology Courses (10 credits total)


Section D: Health Professions Core Requirement (12 credits)

12 credits from the following list of courses offered in the College of Undergraduate Health Sciences:

Graduation Requirements

  1. Completion of Undergraduate General Education Requirement (Section A)
  2. Completion of Foundational Sciences Requirement courses with a grade of C or better (Section B)
  3. Completion of Health Professions Core Requirement (Section D)
  4. Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better for Major Requirement (Section C) and Health Professions Core Requirement (Section D)

Tuition and fees

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Financial aid

If you have questions about financial aid, contact the Office of Financial Aid.


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