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Dr. Vins Sutlive, Chair

Dr. Bruce Branan, Health Professions Advisor

The Science & Health Department includes programs in biology, chemistry, physics and pre-nursing. Many Asbury science students go on to graduate programs or medical school. Asbury also has a long tradition of preparing students for service in medical missions.

Students receive personal attention in both introductory and upper division classes. The curriculum is challenging. The Department has well-equipped labs for studies in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, analytical chemistry, biochemistry, organic chemistry and physical chemistry. All of our students conduct a senior research project, some at Asbury and others at research centers around the world.

Major and Minor requirements


The degree in biology prepares students for entry level work in the life sciences, medical school, or graduate programs such as anatomy, physiology, genetics, microbiology, and plant sciences.

Students interested in Environmental Science take an introductory environmental science course at Asbury and then choose 7 credits of elective coursework offered during the summer at the AuSable Institute in Michigan. AuSable is a cooperative CCCU program described in the Special Programs portion of the Bulletin. Students can also receive credit for approved field experiences abroad.


The most popular chemistry program at Asbury is Biochemistry. The biochemistry major includes basic and intermediate courses in chemistry and upper level work in the chemistry of DNA, proteins and other molecules important to cellular structure and function. The job market in biochemistry is steadily growing.

The traditional chemistry major prepares students for entry level work or for graduate programs. Most graduate programs in chemistry provide full scholarships.


Asbury is well known for the quality of its education programs, and science teachers are in demand. The natural science department offers majors leading to grades 8-12 certification in either Biology or Chemistry.

Students interested in middle school certification choose two concentration areas (minors), one of which can be Science.


Medical, dental and veterinary schools do not require a science major, but a strong preparation in science is required. While medical schools do not have a prescribed list of science courses applicants must take, a sound understanding of the following areas is required: a) biological, biochemical, chemical, and physical foundations of living systems, b) psychological, social, and biological foundations of behavior, and c) critical analysis and reasoning skills.” Asbury students interested in medicine are assigned to the health professions advisor, who assists them in planning their schedule and meeting other admissions requirements.


Asbury University offers a major in Pre-Nursing which provides options to students interested in pursuing a career in nursing.

  1. Students may complete an Asbury University degree by transferring to and completing credits at an approved school of nursing in their fourth year. Students take a prescribed course of study (PNR) and the AU foundational courses at Asbury University. The PNR major must transfer to an accredited 4-year school of nursing. Upon completing a full-time (30 hours) year of professional nursing courses the credits must be transferred back to Asbury University to complete the Bachelor of Arts degree in Pre-Nursing. Asbury has an arrangement with UK-CON, but other Schools of Nursing may be used.
    1. University of Kentucky – College of Nursing (UK-CON) – Students can complete two degrees in five years. Students who successfully complete this 5 year program will earn a Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Nursing from Asbury and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Kentucky. Participating students take the prescribed course of study at Asbury, including the foundational courses, and then transfer to University of Kentucky -College of Nursing. To complete the Asbury University degree in Pre-Nursing the first full-time year of nursing courses from UK must be officially transferred to Asbury University upon completion.
    2. Other schools of Nursing – Students may transfer to other approved nursing schools although there is no agreement on admission or programs at these other schools. The Asbury degree is completed by the official transfer of the year of nursing hours (30.0). Degrees and requirements for the other nursing schools vary. The school must be approved for use in the Pre-Nursing degree program.
  2. Students may complete the pre-nursing requirements and seek admission to a nursing program without completing the Asbury three year pre-nursing curriculum and the foundational requirements. This option will not lead to a degree from Asbury. No transfer of nursing courses would be needed.
  3. Students with other Asbury majors may complete pre-nursing requirements without declaring the PNR major. Contact the Health Professions Advisor if you are interested in any nursing/medical related field.

Pre-Nursing Program restrictions*

  1. PNR Student completes the major requirements at Asbury. PNR majors transfer to an accredited 4-year school of nursing to complete the major and the AU degree by finishing one full-time year (30.0 hours) of nursing courses. Student must request an official transcript from the nursing institution for these credits must be officially transferred back to Asbury University to receive an AU degree. Students must have 124.0 total hours to receive an AU degree.
  2. PNR Student may not have a double major. If completing any other Asbury major the Pre-Nursing major will not be listed. Student will complete and graduate from Asbury University in the other major only. However, any student who is preparing to apply for nursing or medical schools should contact the Health Professions advisor about taking required pre-nursing or pre-medical courses outside their declared major.
  3. Transfer course restrictions: 50% of the PNR major must be completed at Asbury University. With the transferred nursing hours accounting for 50% of the major, 33.0 hours of qualified major courses must be done at Asbury University. If any of the below listed major courses are transferred in from other schools the student will be required to take additional Asbury University course hours in BIO, PSY, CHE, or SOC to account for the 50% at Asbury credits.
  4. The 75.0 hours maximum transfer rule applies and includes the 30.0 nursing hours which limits all other transfer hours and institutional credit to 45 hours.
  5. All Pre-Nursing students are reviewed at the end of the sophomore year (60.0 cumulative hours). After 2 years, students should have no grade below a “C” in all BIO and CHE courses, a minimum science GPA of 2.75, and a cumulative GPA of 2.75, in order to continue in the program.
  6. Changing out of the PNR major – A student who decides not to pursue nursing needs to make this decision by their junior year to allow sufficient time to complete the courses needed for another major. Discuss major changes with the Health Professions advisor.

2015/2016 BULLETIN 8/24/2015