Human Science, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
  • English (book IELTS)
After completing this BSc in Human Science degree course from Athabasca University, student should be able to demonstrate skilled, adept presentation of scientific ideas and practices in writing.


The BS in Human Science program offered by Athabasca University designed for students who are pursuing a concentration in Human Science. This program is particularly suited for individuals who wish to continue professional careers in health sciences, research and development, and biodiagnostics, to name several areas.

The BScHS degree major will enable students to customize their area of interest by taking courses from electives in human science and other disciplines. Students who hold an approved college diploma in a health-oriented field may be given up to 60 credits towards the BScHS Post Diploma route.

Program Learning Outcomes
  • As a result of completing this program, students should be able to
  • exhibit insight and complex reasoning to engage in experimental design.
  • demonstrate a fundamental understanding of scientific and applied principles.
  • readily see connections between scientific ideas, systematic procedures and data.
  • perform experienced and independent skills in quantifying, calculating and drawing results of laboratory experiments.
  • disseminate information at all levels of interaction by describing clearly the qualities of scientific materials, calculations and results.
  • exhibit confidence in drawing conclusions from existing data.
  • exhibit insight into choice of equipment or application.
  • accurately portray, explain and interpret data calculation and results of scientific processes related to the discipline.
  • consistently apply hunches and new insights to laboratory application, combining resources or finding evidence to support new conclusions.
  • show leadership in teaching laboratory techniques to others within the discipline.
  • provide needed resources, in useful and orderly ways, for scientific processes related to the discipline.
  • portray evidence, data and interpretation in a convincing manner.
  • demonstrate skilled, adept presentation of scientific ideas and practices in writing.
  • show insight and capacity to illustrate, compare, contrast and explain scientific material orally.
  • be competent in using computer software and allied equipment and supplies.
  • take part in scientific endeavour through literature searches, conference attendance or other intervention in related scientific disciplines.
  • demonstrate knowledge of current best practices and ethical applications in the discipline.
Possible Career Options
  • Technologist in a lab
  • Critical Writer/Journalist in human science-related topics
  • Health Services Co-ordinator
  • Researcher

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Required courses:
  • Human Physiology
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Biology of Human Sexuality
  • Human Genetics
  • Introduction to Human Health I
  • Introductory Nutrition
  • Nutrition for Health

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Book IELTS
  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Becoming an Athabasca University student is easy – our open admission policy means if you’re 16 or older, you will be accepted as a student. Paying a one-time application fee lets you register for more than 750 courses, as long as you meet the prerequisites.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

If your native language is not English, you must demonstrate English Language Proficiency (ELP) to take Athabasca University courses. AU accepts the following as proof of English Language Proficiency.

  • Completion of high school in an English-speaking country.
  • Completion of 15 university credits from a recognized English-speaking university, or 1 year at a non-university post-secondary institution with an overall average of 75% (GPA of 3.0).
  • Minimum score of 6 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
  • Minimum score of 60% on the Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL).
  • Minimum score of 80 on the Michigan English Language Battery (MELAB) test.
  • Minimum score of 59 on the Pearson Test of English (PTE).
  • Minimum score of 213 on the computer- or paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), with 4.5 on the Test of Written English (TWE).
  • Minimum score of 80 with an essay score of 20 on the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT).
  • Successful completion of AU’s English Language Proficiency Program with an overall average of 75% (GPA of 3.0).
You can apply to AU anytime. All undergraduate programs enrol students year round. Your program begins when you apply.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa! (Unless that chair you're sitting on is in a foreign country...)

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    11430 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 45720 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 48 months.
  • National Applies to you

    7960 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31840 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State Applies to you

    6670 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 26680 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 48 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • Please note: These costs are estimated. AU can and may increase tuition fees annually. Also, the fees above were determined by using 3-credit courses to find the program total. The program fee would be different if, for example, a 6-credit course is used in the program in place of two 3-credit courses.


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