Bachelor of Science in

Bioscience

Program Description

The Faculty of Science offers a full-time bachelor’s degree in the International program: B. Sc in Bioscience. In this program, students will study Biology as an emphasis.

During the four-year program, our Science majors will learn, build and grow in their understandings and skills to apply scientific principles and concepts, thinks critically and integrate concepts and ideas from various disciplines. They will take an active part in laboratory sessions, thus having hands-on exposure to the process of science. The research component together with a 3-month long internship in a practical setting enriches the education experience for every Science major.

The Bachelor of Science in Bioscience programs are designed:

  1. To prepare students for careers in science in a multilingual and multicultural world, which uses English as its lingua franca.
  2. To provide students a strong and broad foundation in science, which gives them opportunities to study supporting courses and further their studies in other related disciplines.

 

Quick Facts

Name of Degree and Program:
+ Full Name (English): Bachelor of Science (Bioscience)
+ Abbreviation (English): B.Sc. (Bioscience)
Major: Bioscience
Total Credits:
+ One degree: 131 credits from Asia-Pacific International University (AIU)
+ Dual degree 153 credits* from La Sierra University (LSU) and Asia-Pacific International University (AIU)
Curriculum Type: 4-year bachelor’s degree
Language of Instruction: English

*For dual degrees an additional 24 credits required for LSU’s Bachelor of Science in Biology.
Click International Study Transfer Options for more information.

Career Opportunities
  • Science Teacher
  • Researcher/Researcher Assistant
  • Industry- Pharmaceutical/ Food/ Water Treatment
  • Civil Servant in Forestry Department/Agricultural Department/Environmental Agencies
  • Health Educator
  • Environmental Consultant

Course Requirements

Bachelor of Science in BioScience (131 Credits)

General Education Courses (30 Credits)

Humanities (11 credits)

  • GENL 110 Seminar in Character Development* (0)
    *This subject is required for every semester
  • Three of the following courses:
    RELB 116 Life and Teachings of Jesus (3)
    RELB 215 Ethical Models (3)
    RELT 113 Origin of Life (3)
    RELT 114 Understanding Self and Society (3)
    RELT 150 Fundamentals of Christian Beliefs (3)
    RELT 213 Human Destiny (3)
    *Any RELB courses may be substituted for any course
  • And one of the following courses:
    HIST 212 Introduction to History of Western Civilization 2 (2-0-4)
    HIST 213 Introduction to History of Eastern Civilization 2 (2-0-4)
    HMNT 210 Appreciation of Fine Arts 2 (2-0-4)
    HMNT 216 Thai Culture and Basic Conversational Skills 2 (2-0-4)

Social Sciences (7 Credits)

  • EDUC 111 Orientation to Higher Education (1)
  • PSYC 115 General Psychology (3)
  • RELP 312 Marriage and Family (3)

Mathematics and Science (6 Credits)

  • CPTR 114 Computer and Information Technology (3)
  • HLED 117 Health and Fitness (3)

Language (6 Credits)

  • ENGL 111 English Composition I (3)
  • ENGL 112 English Composition II (3)
Specialized Courses (95 Credits)

Core Courses (35 Credits)

  • BIOL 151 General Biology I (4)
  • BIOL 152 General Biology II (4)
  • CHEM 131 General Chemistry I (4)
  • CHEM 132 General Chemistry II (4)
  • MATH 231 Mathematics for Life, Calculus I (3)
  • MATH 232 Mathematics for Life, Calculus II (3)
  • PHYS 231/331 General Physics I (4)
  • PHYS 232/332 General Physics II (4)
  • BIOL 374 Research Methods in Bioscience (2)
  • BIOL 452 Bioethics (3)

Major Required Courses (48 Credits)

  • BIOL 224 Genetics (4)
  • BIOL 245 General Microbiology (4)
  • BIOL 321 Cell Molecular Biology (4)
  • BIOL 334 Biostatistics (3)
  • BIOL 362 Systems Physiology (4)
  • BIOL 382 Biodiversity and Systematic Biology (4)
  • BIOL 385 General Ecology (4)
  • BIOL 482 Philosophical Insights on Creation & Evolution (3)
  • BIOL 485 Directed Research (2)
  • BIOL 488 Internship (3)
  • BIOL 496 Seminar in Bioscience (1)
  • CHEM 231 Organic Chemistry I (4)
  • CHEM 232 Organic Chemistry II (4)
  • CHEM 351 Biochemistry (4)

Major Elective Courses (12 Credits)

  • BIOL 261 Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
  • BIOL 262 Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
  • BIOL 281 Principles of Epidemiology (3)
  • BIOL 344 Developmental Biology (3)
  • BIOL 369 Introduction to Marine Biology (3)
  • BIOL 380/480 Topics in Bioscience (3)
  • BIOL 422 Molecular Biology Techniques (3)
  • BIOL 441 Systematic Botany (3)
  • BIOL 442 Economic Botany (3)
  • BIOL 444 Medicinal Plants (3)
  • BIOL 461 Parasitology (3)
  • BIOL 462 Ornithology (3)
  • BIOL 483 Histology (3)
  • BIOL 484 Immunology (3)
Free Electives (6 Credits)

Students can take free elective courses of 6 credits from any Faculty in Asia-Pacific International University upon completion of the prerequisites (if any).

* Free electives may be taken from any courses offered by any Faculty at Asia-Pacific International University that will transfer to La Sierra University or may be taken at La Sierra University.

Note: Minor in Bioscience (18 Credits Hours) provided for students from other Majors.

Minor Required and Elective Courses (18 Credits)

Minor Required Courses (8 Credits)

  • BIOL 151 General Biology I (4)
  • BIOL 152 General Biology II (4)

Minor Elective Courses (10 Credits)

  • BIOL 224 Genetics (4)
  • BIOL 245 General Microbiology (4)
  • BIOL 382 Biodiversity and Systematic Biology (4)
  • BIOL 385 General Ecology (4)
  • BIOL 452 Bioethics (3)
  • CHEM 131 General Chemistry I (4)
  • CHEM 132 General Chemistry II (4)
  • MATH 231 Mathematics for Life, Calculus I (3)
  • MATH 232 Mathematics for Life, Calculus II (3)
  • PHYS 231/331 General Physics I (4)
  • PHYS 232/332 General Physics II (4)
Projected Sequence of Studies
First Year

Summer Session

CPTR 114 Computer and Information Technology (3)
HLED 117 Health and Fitness (3) or
MATH 120 *Introduction to Calculus (3)
*Does not count towards the 131 credits for the Biology degree
Total 6 (or 3) Credits

1st Semester

BIOL 151 General Biology I (4)
CHEM 131 General Chemistry I (4)
EDUC 111 Orientation to Higher Education (1)
ENGL 111 English Composition I (3)
HLED 117 Health and Fitness (3) or
GE Course (3)
Total 15 Credits

2nd Semester

BIOL 152 General Biology II (4)
CHEM 132 General Chemistry II (4)
ENGL 112 English Composition II (3)
GE Course (2)
GE Course (3)
Total 16 Credits

Second Year

Summer Session

Free Elective (3)
GE Course (3)
Total 6 Credits

1st Semester

BIOL 245 General Microbiology (4)
CHEM 241 Organic Chemistry I (4)
MATH 231 Mathematics for Life, Calculus I (3)
PSYC 115 General Psychology (3)
GE  Course (for those who took Intro to Calculus the first summer)
Total 14 (or 17) Credits

2nd Semester

BIOL 224 Genetics (4)
CHEM 242 Organic Chemistry II (4)
MATH 232 Mathematics for Life, Calculus II (3)
BIOL 385 General Ecology (4)
Total 15 Credits

Third Year

Summer Session

Major Elective (3)
Major Elective (3)
Total 6 Credits

1st Semester

PHYS 231/331 General Physics I (4)
BIOL 321 Cell Molecular Biology (4)
BIOL 334 Biostatistics (3)
CHEM 361 Biochemistry (4)
Total 15 Credits

2nd Semester

PHYS 232/332 General Physics II (4)
BIOL 374 Research Method in Bioscience (2)
BIOL 382 Biodiversity and Systematic Biology (4)
RELP 312 Marriage and Family (3)
Total 13 Credits

Fourth Year

Summer Session

BIOL 488 Internship (2)
Total 2 Credits

1st Semester

BIOL 486 Seminar in Bioscience (1)
BIOL 362 Systems Physiology (4)
BIOL 482 Philosophical Insights on Creation & Evolution (3)
Major Elective (3)
Total 11 Credits

2nd Semester

BIOL 452 Bioethics (3)
BIOL 486 Directed Research (2) 
Major Elective (3)
Free Elective (3)
Total 11 Credits