The gateway to healthcare, research and advanced health profession degrees

As a Human Biology major, you will receive a solid foundation in the study of life. Through this holistic and interdisciplinary scientific study, you will examine and understand the complexities of humans through a variety of diverse fields.

Human Biology major studies will prepare you to enter professional training in all areas of health care, including medicine, dentistry, optometry, osteopathy, physician’s assistant, physical therapy, pharmacy and podiatry. 

Human biology students work together at a table during class.
Students work in small groups as they study the anatomy of eyes and ears during an anatomy and physiology lab with Dr. Stephen Borecky in A.J. Palumbo Hall, Tuesday, November 9, 2021. Foreground from left, Joshua Weidman and Anna Rosso; center row from left Olivia Hartman and Becca Boles; background from left Collin Pritchard, Matthew Popichak and David Trombetta. (Rebecca Droke/Carlow University)

Bachelor of Science


On campus, some online



Transfer credits:

Up to 90 credits

Human Biology curriculum

Two required courses, Anatomy and Physiology I and II, are designed for the biology major preparing for careers in perfusion technology, the health professions or forensic science.

The required genetics course investigates the maintenance, inheritance, transfer and expression of genetic information at the molecular, cellular, organismal and population levels. This course also provides a brief introduction to genetic engineering and biotechnology.

Quick facts

  • Choose elective courses
  • Experience opportunities for research and scholarship near campus
  • Pursue careers in research, health care and education
Human biology students discuss with their professor.
From left, Dr. Stephen Borecky talks with students, Emma Nahas, biology/cardiovascular perfusion ’23, Karissa Miller, human biology ’24, and Bryan Pan, biology ’23, after an anatomy and physiology lab in A.J. Palumbo Hall, Tuesday, November 9, 2021. (Rebecca Droke/Carlow University)

Alternate degree completion options

3-Year Degree

Finish your bachelor’s degree in three years by following a 3-year academic plan. Courses are taken across fall, spring and summer terms with summer courses completely online. When applying, indicate your interest in the 3-Year Degree option.


Fast track your way to a master’s by taking graduate courses as an undergraduate student. Course credits count toward both degrees. Apply for the accelerated option after your sophomore year.

Career opportunities with a bachelor’s in Biology

A bachelor’s in Biology sets the foundation for graduate programs in the medical fields. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects growth between 3% and 5% in a range of biological occupations from 2019 to 2029.

Admission requirements and application process

  • Submit an application for admission. It is free to apply.
  • Request that official transcripts from all current and previous institutions you’ve attended are sent directly to the Carlow University Office of Admissions.


Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

Olivia Miller
Olivia Miller, ’21, biology major and runner on the track & field/cross country team.

Gain your competitive edge.

Ready for her future, Olivia Miller says Carlow equipped her with the tools to excel in the next chapter. “Going to Carlow, where it has a smaller, closer community gave me a lot of opportunities to get involved with things that will help me going into grad school. I feel very well prepared. I’d do it again; I wouldn’t change a thing.”

▸ Read Olivia’s story

Human Biology faculty

Contact Admissions

If you are interested in this major, our Admissions team is available to help you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit or attending an upcoming event.

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