Science & Health Bulletin Overview – Asbury University
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Dr. Vins Sutlive, Chair
Dr. Bruce Branan, Health Professions Advisor

The Department of Science & Health includes programs in biology, chemistry, exercise science, pre-physical/pre-occupational therapy, 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


BIOLOGY PROGRAMS – 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 can also receive credit for approved field experiences abroad.

CHEMISTRY PROGRAMS – 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.

COMPUTATIONAL SCIENCE – Computational science (CSE) is a multi-disciplinary field that includes elements of computer science, applied mathematics, and the traditional scientific disciplines of biology, chemistry and/or physics. CSE focuses on the integration of information and methods from each of these disciplines. Computational Science has joined theory and experimentation as critical tools for developing scientific knowledge and new technology.  

SCIENCE EDUCATION PROGRAMS – 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.

EXERCISE SCIENCE – HUMAN PERFORMANCE This concentration prepares the student for entry level positions in a growing number of career opportunities. This major provides for preparation in health, fitness and movement areas, thus providing academic and field experience internships in such areas as corporate, commercial, private and clinical based fitness/wellness, and athletic strength and conditioning in high schools, colleges and sports medicine clinics. This concentration provides the academic preparation for certification by the leading organizations in the field, such as the American College of Sports Medicine or The National Strength and Conditioning Association.

EXERCISE SCIENCE – KINESIOLOGY   The Kinesiology concentration provides students with a strong background in the science of physical activity. It is designed to prepare the student for graduate or professional school and ultimately employment in such professions as physical therapy, occupational therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, and other health areas. Employment settings might include public schools, rehabilitation clinics, and extended care facilities. This concentration also provides the academic preparation for certification by the leading organizations in the field, such as the American College of Sports Medicine or The National Strength and Conditioning Association.



The EQUINE STUDIES MAJOR prepares graduates for serving in the horse industry as riding instructors, stable and/or farm managers, and in ministry settings, as well as for pursuing graduate school in related fields of study. Students will also be introduced to facility and event management, business operations, and equestrian organizations. Three concentration areas are offered: Management, Equine Science, and Equitation/Training. A dual track major may be pursued in Equine Facilitated Wellness by completing the Equine Studies major in combination with a Psychology major.

The HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION MAJOR prepares the students for positions as kindergarten through high school teachers in both health and physical education. Dual certification may be obtained. This area of study combines pedagogy courses from the Department of Education and content classes from the Science & Health Department.

The RECREATION MAJOR prepares the students for positions in parks and recreation administration, facility planning and design, outdoor leadership, and recreation programming. More specifically, two areas of concentration are available: Public Recreation and Adventure Leadership. The first provides preparation for city/county parks, camps, church, and other nonprofit agencies for positions in leadership, supervision, instruction, and programming. The Adventure Leadership concentration combines a core of recreation classes with theoretical and skill-based field courses. It provides transferable leadership skills and is especially well-suited to be combined with minors from other academic departments. Both emphases may also prepare a student to seek graduate studies in a variety of areas.

[All HPER student majors are encouraged to become involved in state and national professional organizations related to their major. Students are encouraged to attend professional conventions, hear guest lectures, and gain work experience in their area of interest.]

The HPER MINORS include Adventure Leadership, Coaching, Equine Studies, and Recreation. Each provides core knowledge in their respective areas for potential employment or further educational pursuits. The Coaching Minor prepares both the education and the non-education major for coaching opportunities in the middle school and high school settings as well as the non-school setting. The Equine Studies Minor provides the unique educational opportunity for students desiring to pursue an interest in the equine profession.


A TUMBLING TEAM, which performs gymnastic exhibitions and witnesses in schools and churches, is also a part of the department. The tumbling team travels on a tour to the surrounding states during spring break and performs at a homecoming show, “Jym Jamboree,” upon return to campus.



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.

Pre-Nursing (PNR) Program 

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 Foundations 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 only with UK-CON for accepting qualified Asbury students, but other Schools of Nursing may be used.
  2. University of Kentucky – College of Nursing (UK-CON) – Students can complete two degrees by successfully completing this program, 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 Foundations courses, and then transfer to University of Kentucky -College of Nursing. To complete the Asbury University degree in Pre-Nursing the first 30 credits of nursing courses from UK must be officially transferred to Asbury University upon completion.
  3. 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 first 30 credits of nursing courses. Degrees and requirements for the other nursing schools vary. The school must be approved for use in the Pre-Nursing degree program.
  4. 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 Foundations requirements. This option will not lead to a degree from Asbury. No transfer of nursing courses would be needed.
  5. 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 (PNR) 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. 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. 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.
  4. Transfer course restrictions: 50% of the PNR major must be completed at Asbury University (minimum 33.0 major hours at Asbury) with the transferred nursing hours accounting for the other 50% of the major. If any of the below listed major courses are taken at 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.
  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 3.00, and a cumulative GPA of 3.00, 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.


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