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 BHSU-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.


Program Requirements

  • BIOL 121 Basic Anatomy  
  • BIOL 121L Basic Anatomy Lab  
  • BIOL 123 Basic Physiology  
  • BIOL 123L Basic Physiology Lab  
  • BIOL 231 Microbiology  
  • BIOL 231L Microbiology Lab  
  • CHEM 106 Chemistry Survey  
  • CHEM 106L Chemistry Survey Lab  
  • CHEM 107 Organic & Biochemistry  
  • CHEM 107L Organic & Biochemistry Lab  
  • ENGL 101 Composition I  
  • ENGL 201 Composition II  
  • HLTH 422 Nutrition  
  • HLTH 499/452 Human Nutrition  
  • Arts & Humanities  
  • Land & Natural Resource take  course from:  
  •   AIS/ENGL 256-Literature of the American West  
  •   BIOL 101/L-Survey of Biology & Lab  
  •   BIOL 311-Principles of Ecology
  • MATH 102 College Algebra  
  • MATH 281 Statistics  
  • PSYC 101 General Psychology  
  • PSYC 221 Lifespan Developmental Psychology *  
  • SOC 380 Sociology of Life Styles  
  • SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology  
  • SOC 150 Social Problems  
  • SPCM 101 Fundamentals of Speech *  
  • SPCM 215 Public Speaking  
  • SPCM 222 Argument Debate  
  • WEL 100 Wellness for Life  
  • WEL 100 LAB Wellness for Life Lab  
 * Preferred course

We are updating the 2-year plan for our Associates's degree in Applied Health Sciences. To set up your individual 2-year plan, please meet with your advisor or contact Dana Weber at Dana.Weber@bhsu.edu or (605) 642-6277.