Allied Health Science Major Requirements and Outcomes

The School of Science offers an interdisciplinary major in allied health science. This program provides a solid foundation in natural science and human biology.

The School of Science offers an interdisciplinary major in allied health science. This program provides a strong foundation in natural science and human biology. The Allied Health Science major prepares students to pursue graduate programs in physical therapy, physician assistant, genetic counseling, nursing, occupational therapy, chiropractic medicine, dental hygiene, and public health, and other health careers that require a science background and have a service orientation (listed below).


The AHS major is consistent with the mission of the College to offer students a diverse liberal arts curriculum that is enhanced by an area of study—in this case the biological, biochemical, chemical, psychological, and physical sciences. The courses that fulfill the AHS major allow students to acquire scientific knowledge, integrate that knowledge among different fields of science, and apply it in the professional environment. Finally, the AHS major facilitates education of a community of students with common goals to enhance the health and well-being of their communities through a variety of health service-oriented professions.



1.     Demonstrate competence in the scientific principles of human health in all four major areas of Allied Health Science: biology, chemistry, psychology, and kinesiology including knowledge of human anatomy and physiology and its relevance to human health;

2.     Understand and practice scientific inquiry through observation and/or experimentation including logic of experimentation, data analysis and ethical implications;

3.     Analyze, interpret, integrate and evaluate scientific literature with the ability to communicate findings in a written format;

4.     Gain exposure to professional environments where philosophical and theoretical principles are applied while demonstrating an understanding and respect for the value of individuals, communities, and perspectives of difference.




The Allied Health Science major comprises 16 lower- and upper-division courses, many with corresponding laboratories, as detailed below. In order to officially declare an Allied Health Science major, a student must have completed Chemistry 8 and 9 with a C– or better, have completed (with a C– or better) or be enrolled in Chemistry 10 and 11, and obtain approval of the Allied Health Advisor. In order to finish an Allied Health Science major within four years, it is essential that students complete Chemistry 10 and 11 prior to the beginning of their sophomore year.



Chemistry 8 & 9 (laboratory)

Chemistry 10 & 11 (laboratory)

Mathematics 27 & 4 (28/38 can be taken instead of 4, 4 is recommended)

Biology 1 & 1L (laboratory)

Biology 2 & 2L (laboratory)

Biology 15 & 16 (laboratory)

Biology 25 & 26 (laboratory) or Biology 127 (has a two semester organic chemistry prerequisite)

Psychology 1



1 UD Biology elective

1 UD Psychology elective

1 UD Kinesiology elective

3 additional UD science courses in Bio, Psych, Chem, or Kines

AHS 100/101 fulfill the WID requirement and the 7th UD science elective


At least two upper division courses must have a laboratory component. For a description of the courses, please see the corresponding pages for 
BiologyChemistryKinesiologyMathematics, and Psychology.


Upper Division Science Courses (suggestions for majors)


102 Developmental biology

105 Genetics (f/s) (no organic chem required)

115 Theory of Evolution (f)

125 General Ecology (s)

130 Microbiology (f/s) (email Berleman to waive O Chem required)

135 Biochemistry (f) (O Chem required

139 Immunology (f)

142 California Flora (s)



115 Health Psychology

140 Human Development (f, s)

144 Middle Childhood (s, fulfills CE)

150 Personality Psychology (f, s fulfills SHCU)

152 Clinical Pysch (Abnormal Psych) (f, s)

158 Human Sexualities (fulfills CE)

160 Social Psychology (f, s fulfills SHCU)

Online UD Psych Course Options (only 1 can be transferred in for credit)

BYU: Psych 141, 150, 152, 160, 180



  • Prereqs for UD Kines courses include: anatomy, physiology AHS 100/101(concurrent okay). Therefore, plan on taking UD Kines senior year which is when more students take the WID.
  • Kines Dept will have difficulty accommodating other courses because majors have priority
  • Prior to registration for UD Kines courses, get a permission to add slip from the registrar and have it signed by the prof.

102 Biomechanics (f)

107 Nutrition for Sport and Physical Activity (s)

110 Exercise Physiology (f/s, AHS is co-requisite)

112 Sport & Exercise Psychology (f/s, AHS is co-requisite)

118 Comm & Peer Health (no prereqs)

128 Global Impact of Physical Inactivity (f, AHS is co-requisite)

131 Sport, Religion, and Social Justice (f)

Online UD Kines Course Options

BYU: Psych 338 (transfers in as Kines 112)


Core Curriculum Requirements

  • 4 Collegiate Seminar courses: Sem 1 (S),  Sem 2 (F),  Sem 103 (F/S), Sem 104 (F/S)
  • 3 Writing Courses: Eng 4 (F), Eng 5 (S), WID
  • 2 Theological Understanding: TRS 97, 1 upper division Theological Explorations
  • 4 Jan Term (3 UD)
  • 1 Mathematical Understanding: done in major requirements
  • 1 Scientific Understanding: Done in major requirements
  • 2-3 Artistic Understanding:  2 courses in Artistic Analysis and 1 in Creative Practice
  • Language Proficiency: at level III
  • 2 Social, Historical and Cultural Understanding (SHCU): Psychology 1, one additional UD SHCU
  • 1 Global Perspectives, 1 Community Engagement, 1 Common Good, 1 American Diversity
  • A total of 17 upper-division courses are to be completed by graduation.

For information about courses that count towards the core curriculum requirements, please visit here.

For information about transferring outside courses for St Mary's credit, please visit here.




Career Paths that do not require additional course work beyond major requirements (check individual programs for requirements):



Public Health

Chiropractic Medicine

Health Administration


Paramedic & EMT

Genetic Counseling (take O Chem as science electives)


Career Paths that required course work beyond major requirements (check individual programs for requirements):


Physics Prerequisite:

Physical Therapy

Physician Assistant (take O Chem as science electives)

Medical Assisting (take O Chem as science electives)

Nutrition (take O Chem as science electives)

Medical and Clinical Lab Tech (take O Chem as science electives)


Physics & Medical Terminology:

Nuclear Medicine

Radiologic Technology