Bachelor of Science in Human Biology Degree Completion Program - Undergraduate students

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The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Human Biology Degree Completion Program allows students to complete the course requirements for a bachelor's degree. Students who earn a B.S. in human biology obtain a multidisciplinary education which explores the interrelationships between biology, structure, physiology, behavior, health and society.

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Who can apply

Students may apply for the Bachelor of Science Degree Completion Program at any time. The completion program is designed for students who have completed approximately the first 60 credits of undergraduate coursework including general education. Selected courses are available to help students complete the 60-credit entrance requirement.

If you already have a bachelor's degree and are seeking post-bachelor's courses, visit our Post-Baccaluareate Pre-Health/Pre-Med program.

Career options

While a number of diverse careers may be open to students with a B.S. degree, many students continue on for an advanced degree in a professional school, graduate school, or medical school. Our B.S. degree completion program is designed for students interested in pursuing a career in:

  • Medicine, osteopathic medicine, dentistry, naturopathic medicine, physical therapy, physician’s assistant, and related healthcare fields
  • Clinical, biomedical or healthcare research
  • Laboratory or forensic science technician
  • Public health administration

Benefits of the B.S. in Human Biology Degree Completion Program

As a graduate with a B.S. in human biology, you will have acquired the knowledge and skills necessary to become successful in a human biology related profession.

You’ll acquire knowledge of:

  • Basic principles of mathematics, chemistry and physics – and apply these principles to human biology
  • Human biological systems in the context of cell structure, evolution and human health
  • Human structure, physiology and behavior
  • Human interactions with others and the environment
  • Human verbal and non-verbal communication, personalities and motivation

You’ll develop your ability to:

  • Research, analyze and communicate information relative to human biology and health
  • Listen, write and speak effectively in human biology contexts
  • Use essential skills in critical thinking, ethical decision-making and the assessment of research

Academic advantages

You are mentored by experienced professors in a supportive, healthcare setting. You'll receive individual attention in our small class sizes - but you also enjoy all the benefits of a large University. Learn more about our academic advantages.

Course Requirements and Curriculum Overview

  1. Undergraduate General Education Requirement (Section A)
  2. Foundational Sciences Requirement (Section B)
  3. Major Requirement (Section C)
  4. Health Professions Core Requirement (Section D)

Section A: Undergraduate General Education Requirement (30 credits)

Your undergraduate education must include 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)

Section B: Foundational Sciences Requirement (27-28 credits)

Many of our science courses are offered in accelerated format, allowing you to complete one full academic year of a two-course sequence in only one 15-week trimester - half the time it typically takes at other universities.

Section C: Major Requirement (33 credits)

Section D: Health Professions Core Requirement (12 credits)

12 credits from the following list of courses:

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 Major Requirement courses with a grade of C or better (Section C)
  4. Completion of Health Professions Core Requirement (Section D)
  5. Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better for all Major Requirement (Section C) and Health Professions Core Requirement (Section D) courses
  6. An additional 18 elective credits earned at Northwestern or elsewhere are needed to receive the degree, for a total of 120 credits

Tuition and fees

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Financial aid

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. If you have questions, contact the Office of Financial Aid.

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