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Help People Live Better
How could you change the world if you had the right educational foundation? If you think your mission in life could be taking care of people who need medical care, a biology degree with a concentration in health sciences is a great place to start.
This biology concentration is designed for service-minded students seeking a degree in biology while preparing for application to graduate school in healthcare-related fields such as:
The courses and electives in the Health Sciences concentration are useful in preparing for professional school admission tests (MCAT, PCAT, and similar) and fulfilling program-specific requirements.
As a student in our Health Sciences concentration, you’ll meet with your special advisor regularly. This advisor will understand your passion and will help you choose classes and shape your degree path for your chosen profession. He or she will also help you with grad school applications, assist with mock interviews, and coordinate letters of recommendation. Over 90% of graduates who are guided by this advisor (and meet entrance requirements) are accepted into a professional graduate program.
If your degree focus is in one of the S.T.E.M. fields—science, pre-engineering, computer science or mathematics—AUM provides an automatic scholarship to minor in Education and earn an Alabama teaching certificate. This unique program is called “AUMTeach.”
The Know How
What you will know with a Biology Health Sciences degree from AUM
Know why the foundational biology you’ll learn in this program will help you serve others in the future.
Know how to hit the ground running in graduate school, prepared for conducting research and excelling in advanced classes.
Know how to network with faculty, researchers, local professionals and other students as you discover how to apply your passion for service to help others.
Know how to apply what you learn to your chosen professional school. Helping others is its own reward, but many health sciences careers can be financially rewarding, too.
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Rewarding Occupations and Job Growth
Many graduates go on to a master’s degree program or a professional school—such as physical therapist, pharmacist, medicine or dentistry—but others work in fields such as manufacturing, education, and government. Check out the exciting career possibilities you can pursue in the chart below.
It helps to have a solid background in high school science topics, but don’t worry. Your interest in the health sciences is more important than your previous class load. Besides, AUM has free tutoring and our professors are known to spend extra time on any student who needs it!
Students in the Biology Health Sciences program work with an expert advisor who will help you choose the right undergraduate classes for your specialization, help you prepare for grad school applications and the testing that many of these programs require.
Students seeking to continue their education in Medical, Veterinary, or Dental school are given dedicated resources that provide class schedule advising focused on career choice, assistance with graduate school applications, and more.
Is a Degree in Biology Health Sciences right for me?
With this bachelor’s degree as your educational foundation, you have many career possibilities.
|Career / Job Title||Entry-Level Education Requirements||Job Growth 2020 - 2030||Annual Median Salary|
|Physicians & Surgeons||Medical School + 3-9 years in internship/residency programs||3% (Slower than average)||$208,000|
|Veterinarian||Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree||16% (Much faster than average)||$99,250|
|Prosthetists||Master's degree||17% (Much faster than average)||$70,190|
|Dentist||Dental school||3% (As fast as average)||$164,010|
|Genetic Counselor||Master's degree||21% (Much faster than average)||$85,700|
|Occupational Therapist||Master's degree||17% (Much faster than average)||$86,280|
|Pharmacists||Doctor of Pharmacy degree||-2% (Decline)||$128,710|
|Physical Therapist||Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree||21% (Much faster than average)||$91,010|
|Physician's Assistant||Master's degree||31% (Much faster than average)||$115,390|
Note: Salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education, training, demographics, and industry. Here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
College of Sciences
At AUM’s College of Sciences, you will have hands-on learning experiences, working side by side with scholars and researchers using state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment.
Our academic departments include Biology and Environmental Science, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Psychology. To help you pay for college, you might qualify for one of our scholarships.
Official Name of the Biology Health Sciences Degree
Bachelor of Science in Biology with a concentration in Health Sciences
This degree requires students to meet on campus. Students in these courses enroll in a program to connect in a campus setting and to collaborate using a variety of technological and educational tools. Professors play an inspirational role in building relationships among teams and individuals in this setting. The criteria for many programs can only be met with In-Class coursework. Be sure to check with your advisor to understand the best route to take.
You will need to complete courses in the university core, biology, related science areas, and electives. Contact the Biology and Environmental Sciences Department for a current listing of courses required to complete the Biology Health Sciences concentration.
The course listings below are only a few of the classes this concentration requires. For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor.
|Course Number||Course Name||What You Will Learn|
|BIOL 1950||Orientation for Medical Sciences||All about finding and choosing professional programs to pursue after the bachelor’s level.|
|BIOL 1010/1011||Cellular and Molecular Basis of Life||You’ll design your own experiment, perform it, analyze the data and then present the work to your peers.|
|BIOL 3300/3301||Genetics/Lab||The study of basic principles, concepts and problems relative to gene inheritance in animals and plants.|
|BIOL 2100/2101||Anatomy and Physiology/Lab||Structure and function of the tissues, as well as the integumentary, skeletal, articular, muscular, nervous, and sensory systems.|