The human body contains an estimated 30+ trillion cells and presents a world worthy of deep exploration. While learning about “biology” encompasses processes, systems, and changes among all living organisms, a human biology degree is an interdisciplinary study devoted to the complexity of being human.
The goal of this four-year degree (typically, a Bachelor of Science B.S.), is to understand the interconnected aspects of the human body’s process and development. This degree encompasses a wide array of elements in human biology, including the physics and chemistry of cells, the dynamic features of body systems, and the interaction of the body with the environment around it.
Majoring in human biology may not be an obvious choice for you. Still, it’s the right choice when you want to understand the interconnected systems and processes of the human body from various perspectives.
Think of the B.S. in Human Biology degree as a highly specialized biology major focusing on foundational life science courses and connecting this knowledge with biological sub-disciplines.
The Bachelor of Science in Human Biology is a program of study with a core curriculum and electives that enhance or support a comprehensive understanding of human biology.
In addition to studying various areas of biology, a program may involve students in research activities. They may learn to develop a research project and interpret its findings within the discipline of human biology.
In some programs, students design and implement a research project to demonstrate competency.
Here’s what you might expect to learn by choosing human biology:
Students who complete a B.S. in Human Biology program will have the background required for various health science/life science careers.
Thanks to a human biology degree’s top-down, wide-scope outlook, students find they are well-prepared for opportunities in graduate school.
A biology degree is among the top 10 majors for those interested in a healthcare profession. That would include medical, chiropractic (non-pharmaceutical treatments), osteopathic, optometry, dental, physician assistant, nursing, pharmaceutical industry, and physical or occupational therapy.
From an employment perspective, the healthcare sector is projected to grow 13% from 2021 to 2031.
Occupational avenues to explore are biotechnology, where roles might range from a medical laboratory technician, biomedical product developer, clinical specialist for a private medical company, and biological laboratory technologist. The global biotechnology market is projected to grow 13.9% from 2022 to 2030.
Cleveland University-Kansas City (CUKC), a nonprofit, private, chiropractic and health sciences university, is in Overland Park, Kansas, one of the largest suburbs in the Kansas City area.
In addition to offering a B.S. in Human Biology degree, students can earn an Associate of Arts (A.A.) in Biological Sciences that can apply toward earning their B.S. in Human Biology. CUKC offers these courses in eight-week intervals on campus and online.
Many of our human biology graduates advance to medical, dental, or chiropractic programs. Many of our students major in human biology because they plan to enter our Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) program. Our combined B.S./D.C. program works well for those wanting to maximize the overall value of their education. This plan can shorten the time in school by up to a year.
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