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Bachelor of Science in Biology for Pre-Health students

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 is a great place to start.

Focusing your degree in the Health –Sciences helps students that are service-minded seek a degree in biology while preparing for application to graduate school in healthcare-related fields such as:

  • Medical
  • Pharmacy
  • Physician’s Assistant
  • Dentistry
  • Physical Therapy
  • Veterinary

The Health Sciences related courses you choose with your advisor are useful in preparing for professional school admission tests (MCAT, PCAT, and similar) and fulfilling program-specific requirements.

As a Health Sciences student, 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 advisors work hard to help students apply and be successfully admitted to professional graduate program.

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The Know How

What you will know with a Biology Health Sciences degree from AUM

We Give You the Tools to Make a Difference

Know why the foundational biology you’ll learn in this program will help you serve others in the future.

We Build Your Confidence for Grad School

Know how to hit the ground running in graduate school, prepared for conducting research and excelling in advanced classes.

We Provide Life-Long Connections

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.

We Prepare You for a Rewarding Career

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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Points of Pride

  • Students seeking entry into professional health programs work with a full-time academic advisor dedicated solely to these students. In 2018, 90 percent of AUM students who worked with that advisor and applied to medical, dental, or veterinary school were accepted.
  • Nearly 20 percent of students do research with a faculty member and many go on to publish papers and travel to conferences.
  • Faculty members currently have grants from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Energy, and the Alabama State Department of Education.

Soaring Warhawks

  • Stacin Wyatt is currently an emergency veterinarian at Cobbs Ford Pet Health Center.
  • Omar Brito-Estrada received a full scholarship to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Ph.D. program.
  • Elizabeth Smith is earning a Ph.D./M.D at the University of Nebraska on a full scholarship.
  • Madison Johnson is earning her veterinary science degree from Auburn University and was recently commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
  • Krista Hagan is currently completing medical school in Australia.
  • Cynthia Bang is attending Harrison School of Pharmacy at Auburn University.
  • Nidhi Chig is attending graduate school for physical therapy.
  • Matthew Hadley is attending Harrison School of Pharmacy at Auburn University.

Customize Your Degree

  • Choose to double major in Chemistry with the addition of 3 courses to your degree plan
  • Add a minor (like Writing and Editing) that could help you excel in graduate school and future research
  • Apply to the University Honors Program, a diverse community of students who take classes together, work on community service projects, and travel the U.S. and abroad.
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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.

Degree Options

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 TitleEntry-Level Education RequirementsJob Growth 2020 - 2030Annual Median Salary
Physicians & SurgeonsMedical School + 3-9 years in internship/residency programs 3% (Slower than average)$208,000
VeterinarianDoctor of Veterinary Medicine degree 16% (Much faster than average)$99,250
ProsthetistsMaster's degree 17% (Much faster than average) $70,190
DentistDental school3% (As fast as average) $164,010
Genetic Counselor Master's degree21% (Much faster than average) $85,700
Occupational Therapist Master's degree17% (Much faster than average) $86,280
PharmacistsDoctor of Pharmacy degree-2% (Decline) $128,710
Physical Therapist Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree21% (Much faster than average) $91,010
Physician's Assistant Master's degree31% (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.

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Quick Facts

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.

Biology and Health Sciences

Required Courses

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 NumberCourse NameWhat You Will Learn
BIOL 1950Orientation for Medical Sciences All about finding and choosing professional programs to pursue after the bachelor’s level.
BIOL 1010/1011Cellular 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.
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