Bachelor of Science Curriculum

The B.S. degree curriculum includes courses in natural/physical sciences, business, communications, psychology, and social sciences/humanities. These studies complement the Doctor of Chiropractic program curriculum. We offer B.S. program courses at convenient times to accommodate students who obtain both degrees simultaneously.

Here is how this completion degree works:

  • You will earn a total 120 credit hours for the B.S. degree.
  • You will earn 30 credit hours from the D.C. program. Palmer applies these to the B.S. degree.
  • You then earn 90 credit hours through the Palmer College Department of Undergraduate Studies. As an alternate option, you may also transfer credits from another institution.
  • The 90 credit hours include a minimum of 60 credit hours from (100/200) freshman/sophomore level courses and 30 credit hours from junior/senior (300/400) level courses.
Required Curriculum - Bachelor of Science Degree
Required Curriculum - Bachelor of Science Degree
Course Title of Course  Credit Hours 
ANAT51203Gross Anatomy I4
ANAT51213 Embryology2
ANAT52205 Gross Anatomy II4
ANAT61209 Organ Histology2
PATH61423 Microbiology3
PHCH51331Biochemistry I3
PHCH51333 Cellular Physiology3
PHCH51334Physiology I1
PHCH52306 Biochemistry II3
PHCH52343Physiology II3
PHCH61345 Endocrinology2

Davenport, Iowa, Campus B.S. Program

  • Nutrition Health and Wellness
    • 3 Credit(s)
      This course is designed to study the relationship of nutrition with health fitness. The importance of water, electrolytes and other nutrients in wellness programs will be elaborated. Weight maintenance, weight loss and weight gain through proper nutrition will be emphasized.
  • History of Health Sciences
    • 3 Credit(s)
      An overview of the history of healing arts from ancient to modern times will be covered. A special emphasis is placed on proliferation of the healing professions in the Unites States and Europe between 1865 - 1920.
  • Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
    • 3 Credit(s)
      This course will introduce students to the basics of athletic injuries and care, including prevention, recognition and evaluation, management/treatment and disposition, with the introduction to rehabilitation, emergency care, protective devices and decision making for referrals.
  • Health Issues and Environment
    • 3 Credit(s)
      This course looks at the relationship between human beings and their environment, the impact that relationship has on one's health, and individual and community roles in promotion of environmental health.
  • Political Issues and Human Health
    • 3 Credit(s)
      This course presents a study of selected controversial political issues that have consequences on human health. We are often confronted in the media, in our community, and in our personal lives with problems that impact human health.  The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to a number of contemporary topics in order to illustrate how one might address these controversies.  As is always the case in complex human affairs, there are no easy answers to many of the dilemmas investigated. Often, reality is not simply black or white, but is colored by an infinite number of subtle shades of gray. Therefore, when confronted by differing opinions and points of view, it is necessary to develop the ability to comprehend, evaluate, and make decisions in the face of uncertainty. The use of such “critical thinking skills” can have a profound impact upon one’s life in terms of academic, professional, and personal success.
  • Kinesiology Study of Athletic Movement
    • 3 Credit(s)
      This course deals with the study of muscles as they are involved in the science of athletic movement. Students will understand the relationship between muscles, joints, bones, and nerves during movement. Students will study the mechanical principles of human movements as related to functional anatomy.
  • Exercise Science
    • 3 Credit(s)
      This course will provide a comprehensive overview of strength and conditioning. Emphasis is placed on the exercise sciences (including anatomy, exercise physiology, and biomechanics) and nutrition, exercise technique, program design, organization and administration, and testing and evaluation. Additionally, this course is designed to prepare students for the nationally accredited Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification exam.
  • Psychology of Personality
    • 3 Credit(s)
      This course is an in-depth study of concepts related to personality development, description, assessment and special problems. It will cover such topics as: methods in the study of personality; types, traits, and interactions; needs and motives; inheritance, evolution and personality; biological process and personality; psycho-analytic structure and process; anxiety, defense and self-protection; ego psychology; psychosocial theories; conditioning theories; social-cognitive learning theories; humanistic psychology; personal constructs; and contemporary cognitive views.
  • Introductory to Marriage and Family
    • 3 Credit(s)
      This course prepares students to look systemically at family functioning. The course will outline ways to approach the diversity of family dynamics, family levels of functioning and lifestyles, and the many common threads shared by family members through the life cycle. This course will stress strengths within the various levels of family functioning rather than on levels of pathology.
  • Psychology of Human Sexuality
    • 3 Credit(s)
      This course will study the dynamics of human sexuality. Emphasis is given to the physiological, psychological and social aspects of sexuality, including various problems associated with the interpersonal role of sexuality.
  • Learning and Memory
    • 3 Credit(s)
      This interactive discussion-based course explores the neurological and structural aspects of human learning with application to daily experience and chiropractic practice. Class discussion explores strategies and exercises for enhancing learning and memory, provides numerous examples and emphasizes meaningful learning. The course focuses on learner-centered active construction of knowledge. Embedded within theories of learning are models of human memory. The course will explore memory function and dysfunction.
  • Psychology of Wellness: Living in Balance
    • 3 Credit(s)
      This course will examine integrative and intercultural concepts of wellness. Through the process of studying various perspectives and components of wellness, students will construct a wellness model that can be the framework of their daily experience and chiropractic practices. This course will include social and psychological perspectives on why individuals may choose lifestyle practices and behaviors that support being ill as opposed to well. Designed for students with an introductory background in psychology, the course explores and emphasizes meaningful learning. Students will gain a better understanding of their own wellness choices and practices.
  • Social Psychology
    • 3 Credit(s)
      Social psychology is the scientific study of how people's thoughts, feelings and behaviors are influenced by other people. This course will explore important social influences that impact all of us in ways we may not be aware of. Through relevant practical application, students will better understand their own behavior and the behavior of others.
  • Political, Cultural, Social and Scientific Aspects of Epidemics
    • 3 Credit(s)
      This course will allow the student to explore the impact of historically important epidemics on society, from a variety of perspectives. Throughout the course, the student will define the major, epidemic diseases that have shaped human history. Also explored will be how societies of the time understood and responded to those epidemics. Through analyses of contemporary materials, the student will try to understand the historical setting in which a given epidemic disease occurred, the social responses to the epidemic, the demographic and long-term consequences of the epidemic, and the possible relevance of events connected with one epidemic to those of subsequent epidemics. Critical thinking will be applied in relation to the disease history to develop an understanding of cause and effect. The notion of major epidemics as one of the key contingencies of history and the changing responses of societies and governments to epidemics will be considered.
  • Communication & Health Problems in Diverse Populations
    • 3 Credit(s)
      This course will acquaint the student with the more common health problems facing African Americans, American Indians, Asians, and Hispanics as well as several other smaller and underserved ethnic populations in the United States. Means and systems that can be effectively used to communicate educational concepts to the adult audience will be studied and discussed.