Health Science


Welcome to the Grace College Health Science program. The focus of the Health Science major at Grace College is to prepare motivated students for health-related graduate education; those students who aspire to provide health care for people through a variety of future careers. Ten different concentrations are available that will equip the student to apply to their targeted health science profession. At the heart of each concentration is the scientific study of life and life processes in the context of God being the creator and sustainer of all life and the entire physical universe beyond. Students will study the molecular composition, micro and macro anatomy, and metabolic processes of a wide variety of organisms, from bacteria to people. These studies emphasize laboratory, “hands-on” activities to explore technical details of these processes firsthand.

The concentrations available include courses for medical doctors (allopathic and osteopathic), chiropractors, dentists, veterinarians, physician’s assistants, pharmacists, physical or occupational therapists, optometrists and podiatrists. The course lists for these concentrations have been developed based on the core courses required by the majority of health science graduate programs in the specified area. The requirements of the standardized admissions tests (MCAT, OAT, PCAT or GRE) have also been taken into account. Further, it is strongly recommended that the student pursue a minor in a diverse area that will broaden their perspective and potentially provide skills useful in their chosen career: minors in foreign language, behavioral science, business or intercultural studies are suggested possibilities. The number of required courses for the major and concentration have been streamlined to facilitate completing a non-science minor.

The health science faculty at Grace College consider the diversity of organisms, their anatomy, physiology and life processes to have their origins with God the creator. Our past and current observations of all facets of the biological world are demonstrations of God’s grand design. It is our desire that those studying health science as a major will gain a much deeper appreciation of the details of the incredible complexity of God’s living handiwork.

Course Requirements for a B.A. or B.S. in Health Science


Pre-chiropractic Concentration

Pre-dental Concentration

Pre-medicine Concentration

Pre-occupational Therapy Concentration

Pre-optometry Concentration

Pre-pharmacy Concentration

Pre-physical Therapy Concentration

Pre-physician Assistant Concentration

Pre-podiatry Concentration

Pre-veterinary Concentration


Examples of courses in this major:

BIO 2310 Biochemistry

A study of the basic composition and metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, enzymes and nucleic acids. Some consideration is given to biological oxidations, energy transfers, protein biosynthesis and gene function. The course includes hands-on laboratory experiments involving current procedures in biochemistry.

BIO 3110 Cell and Molecular Biology

A study of the basic principles that guide cellular composition, organization and function. Particular attention will be paid to understanding the molecular mechanism that underlies cell function. Topics studied in the course include, but are not limited to, processes of energy extraction, membrane transport, flow of genetic information, cell surface communication, cell cycle and regulation, and cell division along with the study of specialized cells like gametes, lymphocytes, neurons, muscle cells and cancer cells. The course includes hands-on laboratory experiments involving current procedures in cell and molecular biology.

BIO 3210 and BIO 3310 Anatomy
and Physiology I and II

The study of the basic gross and microscopic anatomy with an introduction to body organization, cytology and histology. This course includes an in-depth study of all major organ systems.

BIO 4210 Genetics

A study of both in-depth classical genetics and underlying molecular mechanisms as well as genetic mechanisms and processes, recombination, genetic interaction and gene regulation. The course includes hands-on laboratory experiments involving current procedures in molecular genetics.