Human Biology for Chiropractic Students, BS

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Human Biology Degree Completion Program allows College of Chiropractic students to complete the course requirements for a bachelor's degree. Students may either complete a bachelor's degree or earn a second bachelor's degree.

Admission

Students may apply for the Bachelor of Science Degree Completion Program at any time:

In addition to meeting the qualifications of a student of the College of Health and Wellness, applicants to or students currently enrolled in and continuing in the College of Chiropractic must meet the following admission requirements for the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Human Biology Degree Completion Program:

  • High school diploma or General Education Development diploma (GED)
  • Successful completion of approximately 60 semester baccalaureate level credits at a regionally accredited institution
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or better
  • Complete an admission application

Benefits of the BS in Human Biology Degree Completion Program:

  • Develop your professional skills – including effective oral and written communications.
  • Strengthen your understanding of the philosophical foundations for the scientific method, healthcare ethics and healthcare research.
  • Improve your professional credentials – including enhancing your credibility as an expert witness in court cases.
  • Expand your choices for chiropractic licensure – many states require a bachelor’s degree for chiropractic licensure. For more information, contact the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards.
  • Increase your chances to be included in managed care networks – some managed care organizations show a preference for chiropractors with a bachelor’s degree.
  • Expand your career options beyond clinical practice and be able to pursue other degree programs and professions, including teaching and research. Many master’s degree and Ph.D. programs require a bachelor’s degree as an entrance requirement.

Course Requirements and Curriculum Overview

  1. Undergraduate General Education Requirement (Section A)
  2. Foundational Sciences Requirement (Section B)
  3. Major Requirement - courses taken in the Doctor of Chiropractic program at Northwestern (Section C)
  4. Health Professions Core Requirement (Section D)

Section A: Undergraduate General Education Requirement (30 credits)

Your Undergraduate General Education requirement must include 30 semester credits (45 quarter credits) overall with a minimum of 4 semester credits (6 quarter credits) in each of four categories:

  • Communications (4 credits)
  • Social Sciences (4 credits)
  • Humanities (4 credits)
  • Natural Sciences/Math (4 credits)
  • Additional credits in any of the above categories (14 credits)

You may have completed some, or all, of these courses as part of your 90-credit pre-chiropractic admission requirements.

Section B: Foundational Sciences Requirement (27.5 credits)

You may have completed some, or all, of these courses as part of your pre-chiropractic admission requirements.

If you need to complete these requirements, most of these courses are offered in the Undergraduate Health Sciences program - and many are taught in an accelerated format.

CHEM2048GENERAL CHEMISTRY 1

4

CHEM2049GENERAL CHEMISTRY 2

4

CHEM2058ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 1

4

CHEM2059ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 2

4

MATH1005FOUNDATIONS OF MATHEMATICS

3.5

PHYS2040GENERAL PHYSICS 1: FUNDAMENTALS OF PHYSICS

4

PHYS2041GENERAL PHYSICS 2: ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM

4

CHEM2049: Prerequisite: General Chemistry 1

CHEM2058: Prerequisite: General Chemistry 2

CHEM2059: Prerequisite: Organic Chemistry 1

PHYS2040: Prerequisite: Foundations of Mathematics

PHYS2041: Prerequisite: General Physics 1

Section C: Major Requirement (36.25 credits)

Courses taken in the College of Chiropractic:

Trimester 1:

11010BIOCHEMISTRY 1

5

13010GROSS ANATOMY 1

5.5

15010HISTOLOGY 1

3.75

Trimester 2:

11330BIOCHEMISTRY 2

2

14220EMBRYOLOGY

2

13120GROSS ANATOMY 2

5.5

15120HISTOLOGY 2

3.5

11120PHYSIOLOGY 1

4.5

Trimester 3:

11230PHYSIOLOGY 2

4.5

Section D: Health Professions Core Requirement (12 credits)

12 credits from the following list of courses offered in the Undergraduate Health Sciences program:

ANTH1005CULTURE AND HEALTH

4

ANTH2005HUMAN ORIGINS

4

PHIL3010EPISTEMOLOGY OF HEALTH

4

HIST3110HISTORY OF HEALTH CARE

3

PSYC1002HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY

4

PSYC3210PSYCHOLOGY OF ADDICTION

3

SOC1006SEX AND GENDER

3

SPAN1001SPANISH FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

3

UGE3710COMMUNICATION SKILLS FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

3

UGE3720CRITICAL THINKING FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

3

UGE3730BIOETHICS

3

UGE3740UNDERSTANDING AND USING RESEARCH

3

Graduation Requirements

  1. Completion of Undergraduate General Education Requirement (Section A)
  2. Completion of Foundational Sciences Requirement courses with a grade of C or better (Section B)
  3. Completion of Health Professions Core Requirement (Section D)
  4. Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better for Major Requirement (Section C) and Health Professions Core Requirement (Section D)