It’s a smart idea to consider a healthcare career. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, healthcare and healthcare support jobs are expected to increase by 13% from 2021 to 2031, which is more than twice the average rate of growth for all occupations. One answer to the question, “What bachelor’s degree would give me the most health-related career options?” is the B.S. in Human Biology degree.
The 2022 education report in U.S. News & World Report notes this:
“Human biology majors obtain a background in the biological sciences and related fields with a focus on health and human development…a separate program from a traditional biology major, which is broader.”
Whether your view of a health science career is technical or people-focused, the Human Biology degree deserves significant consideration. Have you contemplated the sheer complexity of the human body and the vast amount of knowledge surrounding it?
Consider these intriguing facts:
The goal of investigating human biology in-depth is to understand human health, how to stay healthy, and learn safe and effective ways to treat diseases and injuries.
Typically, a university’s human biology degree explores many related areas. The coursework breakout might look like this.
|Foundational Knowledge Coursework||Topics Within Human Biology|
|Principles of biology||Embryology|
|Algebra and statistics||Cell physiology|
|Anatomy and physiology||Immunobiology (study of the immune system)|
|General and organic chemistry with lab components||Biochemistry (study of the properties of matter as they relate to living organisms)|
|Physics||Histology (the study of cells and tissues)|
Jake J, now a territory manager with a private medical company in Austin, Texas, found his deep exploration of biology has increased his professional credibility with spine surgeons.
“Studying biology shows you can learn complicated processes and exposes you to so much of our natural world,” he says. “There are way more applications for biology than one might think, including supply chain, business, and medical fields.”
McKenna A., a 4th Year Doctor of Osteopathic resident, agrees.
“The undergraduate program for my B.S. in Human Biology helped me have success on the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test). My time to be accepted into medical school was significantly shortened.”
Cleveland University-Kansas City (CUKC) is a nonprofit, private, chiropractic and health sciences degree university in Overland Park, Kansas, a large suburb of Kansas City. CUKC has been educating and developing leaders in health promotion since 1922.
CUKC offers a B.S. in Human Biology degree degree with a core curriculum and electives totaling 120 credit hours. Our degree offers excellent preparation for exams such as the MCAT® (Medical College Admissions Test) and entry into other health science schools. CUKC students also learn how to conduct research, create, and execute research projects, and analyze outcomes within the scope of human biology. Prerequisite courses are also available.
To graduate from our Human Biology program, students are required to complete 120 credit hours. This includes completing the core curriculum as well as electives. To fulfill the requirements, students must complete at least 32 semester credit hours.
Some CUKC students enter our B.S. in Human Biology/Doctor of Chiropractic program, earning their B.S. in Human Biology concurrently with their Doctor of Chiropractic degree. This option can reduce the time from high school to a professional degree by up to a year. Learn more about our College of Chiropractic here.