Bachelor of Science in Integrated Human Biology

Quick Facts


Kenmore, Washington

General Requirements

  • 90 transferable quarter credits (60 semester credits)
  • 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher
  • Grade C or better in all basic proficiency and science requirement courses

Length of Program

2 years, full-time

Tuition and Financial Aid

Career Opportunities

  • Biotechnology laboratory researcher
  • Quality control specialist
  • Public health official
  • Science writer/editor
  • Preparation for a master's or doctoral degree in health sciences, including physiology, microbiology, public health, nutrition, biostatistics, forensics, bioethics, environmental health or toxicology
  • Earn an allied health degree as a physician's assistant, nurse, laboratory medical technologist/technician, occupational therapist, physical therapist, speech-language pathologist
  • Preparation for graduate studies leading to such careers as naturopathic doctor, medical doctor, dentist, pharmacist or optometrist


The Bachelor of Science in Integrated Human Biology serves as excellent preparation for a career as a 21st-century health practitioner or biomedical researcher. This fully accredited undergraduate degree equips students with the competencies necessary to pursue a range of professional degrees (naturopathic doctor, medical doctor, dentist, pharmacist), allied health degrees (physician's assistant, nurse, physical therapist) or graduate studies in biological sciences.

With a focus on hands-on scientific research, this progressive program draws connections among physiology, anatomy, cell biology, biochemistry and genetics — rather than teaching each subject individually. This distinct approach helps students unravel the complexities of human biology and develop a unified understanding of the structure and function of the body. In this way, students acquire a strong foundation in biological science and develop critical thinking skills crucial for careers in biology and health.

New students must have completed 90 college credits to enter. The program allows community college students to complete a degree and welcomes transfer students from traditional four-year colleges.

Program Features

  • Excellence in teaching and mentoring — Small class sizes, an introductory seminar the first quarter, and faculty mentorship throughout the program all foster a supportive learning environment, encourage collaborative learning and develop communication skills.
  • Emphasis on scientific research skills — Students participate in hands-on, inquiry-based labs and must complete a research proposal. Students also complete an original research project. Additional research opportunities are available through the Bastyr University Research Institute.
  • Multidisciplinary electives — Students may take elective coursework in psychology, nutrition, herbal sciences and other disciplines that provide a broad perspective on human health.
  • A diverse student body — Bastyr draws undergraduate, graduate and professional students from across the United States and 28 other countries.


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Entering undergraduates must have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA with a grade of C or better in basic proficiency and science requirement courses. Exceptional applicants who do not meet this minimum requirement will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Prior to enrolling, students must have completed 90 quarter credits (60 semester credits), including a minimum number of credits in specific proficiencies and general education requirements. Students may apply to the program while completing prerequisite coursework. Students who have not completed all the prerequisites may not be eligible to take some courses.

Basic Proficiency and Science Requirements

English Composition9 quarter credits
Pre-Calculus4 quarter credits
General Psychology3 quarter credits
Public Speaking3 quarter credits
General Cell Biology (science-major level with lab)4 quarter credits
General Chemistry I & II (science-major level with labs)8 quarter credits

General Education Requirements

Arts and Humanities 15 quarter credits
Social Sciences15 quarter credits
Natural Sciences12 quarter credits
Electives17 quarter credits

Total prerequisite credits must equal at least 90 quarter credits.

Want to know which classes fulfill these prerequisites? Check these lists:


The curriculum tables that follow list the tentative schedule of courses each quarter. Next to each course are the number of credits per course (Crdt.), the lecture hours each week (Lec.), the lab/clinic hours each week (L/C) and the total contact hours for the course over the entire quarter (Tot).

Expected Learning Outcomes

The Department of Basic Sciences has established the following expected learning outcomes for its Bachelor of Science with a Major in Integrated Human Biology programs:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the scientific process and describe how scientific knowledge is developed and supported.
  • Use mathematics and quantitative reasoning appropriately to describe or analyze natural phenomena
  • Demonstrate understanding of basic physical principles and apply these principles to living systems
  • Demonstrate understanding of basic principles of chemistry and apply these principles to living systems.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how biological molecules contribute to the structure and function of cells.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the link between structure and function at all levels within a living organism: molecular, microscopic, macroscopic.
  • Explain how internal environments are maintained in the face of changing external environments.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the theory of evolution by natural selection.       
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the biological basis for human behavior 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the connection between the human organism and the biosphere as a whole.
The attached PDF is the proposed curriculum for students starting in Fall 2019. Please note that changes to the curriculum may still occur before the start of the Fall 20189academic year. For the 2019-2020 course catalog, click here
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