Applied Health Sciences

The associate degree in Applied Health Sciences is the perfect fit for students working toward careers in healthcare including registered nurses, medical technologists, and other high demand health professionals.

BHSU has a long history of preparing students for admission into nursing programs.The associate degree in Applied Health Sciences offers students all the general education and core classes required for admission into nursing programs at South Dakota State University and The University of South Dakota,as well as for other bachelor degree-level healthcare programs.

The entire program is available on campus as well as the University Center - Rapid City. Graduates with the two-year associate degree may also choose to continue at BHSU and complete a bachelor’s degree program in biology or other related field.


Required Core - 26 semester hours

  • 3 BIOL 121 Basic Anatomy
  • 1 BIOL 121L Basic Anatomy Lab
  • 3 BIOL 123 Basic Physiology
  • 1 BIOL 123L Basic Physiology Lab
  • 3 BIOL 231 Microbiology
  • 1 BIOL 231L Microbiology Lab
  • 3 BIOL 286 Word Origins
  • 3 CHEM 106 Survey of Chemistry I
  • 1 CHEM 106L Survey of Chemistry I Lab
  • 3 CHEM 107 Survey of Chemistry II
  • 1 CHEM 107L Survey of Chemistry II Lab
  • 3 MATH 281 Introduction to Statistics

Required Electives- 6 semester hours

  • 3 HLTH 315 Human Nutrition OR 3 HLTH 422 Nutrition
  • 3 PSYC 221 Lifespan Development OR 3 SOC 380 Sociology of Life Cycles

Gen Ed Requirements - 32 semester hours

  • 3 ENGL 101 Composition I
  • 3 ENGL 201 Composition II
  • 3 MATH Gen Ed
  • 3 SPCM Speech 101, 215, or 222
  • 6 Gen Ed - Social Science
  • 6 Gen Ed - Arts & Humanities
  • 8 Natural Sciences & Labs

  • For Social Science, students should take PSYC 101 and either SOC 100 or SOC 150.
  • For Arts & Humanities, students should take ENGL 210 and PHIL 220.
  • A minor is NOT required with this major.