Human Bio Curriculum

Degree Requirements

At UWS the bachelor’s degree in human biology is an undergraduate degree comprised of life/physical sciences, a broad range of general education requirements as well as a suitable depth of coursework in biology. For the most part, students obtain the general education and life and physical sciences credits prior to matriculation to UWS. The human biology major requirements are obtained while enrolled at UWS. All credit hours listed below are quarter credits. For purposes of conversion, 1.5 quarter credits equal 1 semester credit.

The bachelor’s degree requires a total of at least 180 quarter credits distributed in the following areas:

  • General Education Requirements – minimum of 45 quarter credits
  • Life and Physical Sciences – minimum 36 quarter credits
  • Human Biology Major Requirements – minimum 47.5 quarter credits
  • Electives – used to fulfill remaining credits needed towards the degree (up to 12 quarter credits from vocational-technical fields may be allowed toward the degree)

(General Education credits, electives, and life and physical science must total 132.5 quarter credits but may be distributed in a variety of ways between the three categories as long as the minimums are met).

General Education Requirements

Students must have at least 45 quarter credits of previously completed general education coursework for the degree. Areas of study that satisfy general education requirements could include communications, foreign languages, humanities, mathematics, sciences, social sciences and writing.

Life and Physical Science Requirements

Students must have completed at least 36 quarter credits of life and physical sciences coursework for the degree, half of which must include a lab. Courses that satisfy this requirement include biology, physics, chemistry, exercise physiology, anatomy, physiology, etc.


Courses that satisfy the elective portion of the degree must be considered college level and have not been counted towards the general education, life/physical science, or major credits portion of the degree. Electives may include courses in areas such as business, public administration, physical education, and relevant career/technical coursework (12 quarter credits maximum).

Major Requirements

Major requirements for the human biology bachelor’s degree are obtained through successful completion of specific dually-attributed basic science courses and evidence-informed practice courses.

Students must pass the major requirement courses with a C or better.humanbio-requirements

To meet residency requirements, additional courses from the first-professional degree programs may be identified for transfer students on an individual basis.

Learning Outcomes

Students completing the BS in human biology will:

  • Speak, read, communicate, compute, and utilize social skills necessary to engage the expectations of a first professional doctorate program.
  • Explain concepts related to human morphology.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of human genetics and cellular function.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of human pathology.
  • Locate and critically appraise health-related scientific literature.