Program Summary - Integrated Human Biology
The Bachelor of Science with a Major 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 also welcomes transfer students from traditional four-year colleges.
- 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.
- University resources — including financial aid, modern student housing, a whole food dining commons, a health sciences library and a 51-acre Seattle-area campus.
- Serene, wooded surroundings — The University campus abuts the second largest lake in Washington and the 316-acre Saint Edward State Park, which features miles of hiking, running and biking trails.
- A diverse student body — Bastyr draws undergraduate, graduate and professional students from across the United States and 28 other countries.
Prerequisites - IHB
Entering undergraduates must have at least a 2.75 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 composition||9 quarter credits|
|General psychology||3 quarter credits|
|General biology (science-major level with labs)||4 quarter credits|
|General chemistry (science-major level with labs)||8 quarter credits|
General Education Requirements
|Arts and humanities electives||15 quarter credits|
|Social sciences||15 quarter credits|
|Natural sciences||12 quarter credits|
|Speech communication or public speaking||3 quarter credits|
|Electives||To bring the total 90 quarter credits|
Total prerequisite credits must equal at least 90 quarter credits.
Want to know which classes fulfill these prerequisites? Check these lists:
Curriculum - IHB
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.
Curriculum and course changes in the 2014-2015 Bastyr University Catalog are applicable to students entering during the 2014-2015 academic year. Please refer to the appropriate catalog if interested in curriculum and courses required for any other entering year.Click here to download the PDF file.
Tuition for Bachelor's Degrees
Average first-year costs for a typical credit load in the 2014-2015 academic year. The first year is considered fall, winter and spring quarters.
Tuition & FeesFees include a $25 quarterly student activity fee. See the University catalog for a full schedule of fees.
Books & Supplies
TotalThe budget used to determine financial-aid eligibility allows for an additional $21,600 for a 9-month period of living expenses.
|Bachelor of Science (All Majors)||45||$23,355||$2,250||$25,605|
See also Financial Aid at Bastyr
PLEASE NOTE: For financial aid purposes, cost of attendance includes costs above, plus $21,600 per nine months to cover room & board, transportation, and miscellaneous expenses.
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Quick Facts - Integrated Human Biology
Bachelor of Science with a Major in Integrated Human Biology
Kenmore, Washington campus
- 90 transferable quarter credits (60 semester credits)
- 2.75 cumulative GPA or higher
- Grade C or better in all basic proficiency and science requirement courses
Length of Program
2 years, full-time
- 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