Applied Human Biology (BS)


The BS in Applied Human Biology is designed for students intending to pursue post-graduate training in physical therapy or physician’s assistant programs. 

  • A minimum 108 credits are required for this major, including 23 upper-division credits.
  • The interdisciplinary curriculum in this major will satisfy the basic requirements for entry into physical therapy as outlined by the American Association of Physical Therapists.
  • Students intending to pursue postgraduate training should target a minimum 3.0 GPA in their science coursework.
  • If you are interested in pre-professional health-science training, consult with your advisor as early as possible to determine how best to meet your career goals. Please visit the Biology PPHS resource site for more information.

Entering and Completing the Major 

In order to earn a degree, you must complete at least one academic major. SPU encourages students to explore various academic paths, so if you change your mind about a major or minor, or want to include an additional program, you are able to do so, as outlined below.

Note that the University encourages you to enter your chosen major(s) and minor(s) by the start of your junior year. Students who transfer as juniors and seniors should enter a major within their first two quarters at SPU.

  • If this is your first quarter at SPU and you identified the Applied Human Biology major as your first choice on your application for admission to the University, you have gained entry to the major. To change or add a major or minor, follow these instructions.
  • If you are an SPU student with an SPU cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better, follow these instructions to enter a major or minor in this department.
  • Students on academic probation (with an SPU cumulative GPA below 2.0) will not be permitted to enter a new major or minor until they regain good academic standing.
  • The University requires a grade of C- or better in all classes that apply to a major or minor; however, programs may require higher minimum grades in specific courses. You may repeat an SPU course only once for a higher grade.
  • To advance in this program, meet with your faculty advisor regularly to discuss your grades, course progression, and other indicators of satisfactory academic progress. If your grades or other factors indicate that you may not be able to successfully complete the major or minor, your faculty advisor can work with you to explore options, which may include choosing a different major or minor.
  • You must complete the major or minor requirements that are in effect in the SPU Undergraduate Catalog for the year you enter the major or minor.

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Biology Department

Learn more about the Biology Department to see how a degree in Biology can help you achieve your goals to make a difference in the world.

Meet the Biology faculty.

Time Schedule: Biology

Course planning

Suggested course sequences help you complete your degree in a timely manner.