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 and early acceptance programs in Medicine, Dentistry, and Pharmacy. 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.
THE SCIENCE PROGRAMS
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.
BIOLOGY OR CHEMISTRY EDUCATION – 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.
COMPUTATIONAL SCIENCE – Computational science (CPS) is a multi-disciplinary field that includes elements of computer science, applied mathematics, and the traditional scientific disciplines of biology, chemistry and/or physics. CPS 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 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 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.
HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS (HPER)
ADVENTURE EDUCATION & LEADERSHIP – Adventure Education and Leadership (AEL) prepares students for jobs and careers in the experiential education and adventure programming fields. Areas of emphasis include Outdoor Behavioral Intervention, Outdoor Ministry, Environmental Studies, and Outdoor Recreation. Additionally, AEL is strategically designed to develop leadership capacity in students who wish to work in any profession. Uniquely, students are prepared for leadership roles IN and THROUGH Adventure based programming!
EQUINE STUDIES – The Equine Studies major prepares students for numerous career possibilities, including Equine Administration and Management, Horse Training, Equine Ministry, and Graduate School. The Equine Studies major includes a core of various foundational equine classes with four concentration areas offered including: Equine Assisted Activities, Equine Science, Equine Management, and Equine Training. A dual track major may be pursued in Equine Facilitated Wellness by completing the Equine Studies major in combination with a Psychology major.
EQUINE SCIENCE – The Equine Science major prepares students to pursue veterinary school and graduate school in related fields of study. Students completing the Equine Science major will also be equipped to pursue careers in the equine nutrition and pharmaceutical fields. Additionally, the Equine Science major prepares students to pursue graduate education in the growing field of equine rehabilitation (physical therapy, chiropractic, etc.). This major combines a core program of the basic sciences with the application of many hands-on classes in the equine program to provide students the foundation they need to pursue a career in the sciences with a focus on applications to equine health.
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.
[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.]
For Physical Education Foundations requirement see Traditional Undergraduate Foundations.
See also the Online Programs section for Health Care majors available online in Health & Wellness Promotion and Public Health.
Medical, dental, pharmacy, 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 schedules 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.
Pre-Nursing (PNR) Program Restrictions
Asbury University has contractual agreements with certain schools of medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy whereby students can gain early acceptance to these medical programs by meeting specific requirements.
University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy – The University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy agrees to give priority applicant status during the admissions process to the Doctor of Pharmacy program. The student must fulfill the requirements of the pre-pharmacy three-year program at Asbury University including Foundations and must make formal application for Early Decision admission to the UK Pharmacy program. The student will be included in the early decision review of applications and possibly invited for an interview during the first two interview visit dates. If accepted the student would transfer into the Doctor of Pharmacy program and the first 28 credits of completed pharmacy courses must be officially transferred to Asbury University to count towards completion of the Asbury Bachelors of Arts degree in Biology. Entrance requirements for UK-CON must be met, and spaces are limited (Contact the Health Professions Advisor for more information).
2020-21 Academic Catalog