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B.S. General Science Curriculum

Program location: Main campus in Davenport, Iowa

The Bachelor of Science completion degree– available only on our Main campus in Davenport, Iowa – allows you to complete your bachelor's degree while working toward your D.C. degree. It'll give you a solid start and flexibility for future career paths. In some cases, a B.S. degree also may be necessary to obtain licensure in the state where you'll practice.

The curriculum includes courses in natural/physical sciences, business, communications, psychology, mathematics 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.

Accelerate your D.C. education through Palmer's undergrad program

How degree completion works

  • Must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale and the equivalent of 45 college-level semester credits.
  • Transfer those credits to Palmer by applying to the D.C. Program and B.S. Program simultaneously. Your acceptance to the D.C. Program will be delayed until you complete 90 undergraduate credits.
  • Once you complete 90 credit hours of undergraduate study, you'll begin the Doctor of Chiropractic Program.
  • The 90 credit hours include a minimum of 60 credit hours from freshman/sophomore (100/200) level courses and 30 credit hours from junior/senior (300/400) level courses.
  • The completed credits from the first year of the Doctor of Chiropractic Program will count toward the completion of the last year of the Bachelor of Science degree (approximately 30 credits). This is where the time and cost savings take place!
  • You'll earn a total 120 credit hours to complete your B.S. degree.
Dual-Credit D.C. Course Offerings (Applies to both B.S. and D.C. degrees.)
Course Title of Course Credit Hours
ANAT51203 Gross Anatomy I 4
ANAT51213 Embryology 2
ANAT52205 Gross Anatomy II 4
ANAT61209 Organ Histology 2
PATH61423 Microbiology 3
PHCh41331 Biochemistry I 3
PHCh41333 Cellular Physiology 3
PHCh41334 Physiology I 1
PHCh42306 Biochemistry II 3
PHCh42343 Physiology II 3
PHCH61345 Endocrinology 2

Main Campus

  • Anatomy & Physiology
      8 Credit(s)
      This course provides an introduction to human anatomy and physiology, focusing on the organization of the body from the level of the cell up to the level of the human organism as an integrated unit. Topics in this lecture and lab course include the structure and function of cells, tissues, and systems of the body as well as fluid, electrolyte and acid-base balance.
  • Introduction to Neurology
      3 Credit(s)
      This course provides an overview of the human nervous system, focusing on the structure and function of the central and peripheral nervous systems. This lecture course will also include an introduction to the special senses and the development of the nervous system.
  • Functional Primate Anatomy
      3 Credit(s)
      This course is designed to compare and contrast the anatomy of humans and other primates, focusing on the functional morphology of the features covered.
  • Nutrition
      3 Credit(s)
      This course is designed to study the basic principles of nutrition. It will include defining key nutrition concepts and terms. Included are the discussions about the interaction of nutrition with health; defining food, energy, carbohydrates, proteins, fats, cholesterol, and alcohol; digestion and absorption; weight control myths and realities; eating disorders; nutrition and physical activity; and food allergies. The concept of disease prevention will be discussed in detail.
  • Principles of Management
      3 Credit(s)
      This course will examine current management theories. Subjects covered include development of American management, motivation, leadership, effectiveness, diagnosing the environment, power, decision-making and change.
  • Small Business Management
      3 Credit(s)
      This course will address starting, marketing and managing a small business, with emphasis on the chiropractic office. A major focus will be on how to develop a business plan and use it as a guideline to run the business.
  • Legal Aspects of Health Services Administration
      3 Credit(s)
      This course is designed to identify and examine those major areas of law that influence the operation of health care facilities. Basic legal relationships, terminology and distinctions between solo, associate, group and partnership practice will be emphasized. The growing importance of risk management in health care organizations will be discussed.
  • Entrepreneurial Finance
      3 Credit(s)
      This comprehensive finance course covers topics such as basic economic concepts, financial management and planning, financial statement analysis, forecasting, working capital management and profitability analysis. This course is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of financial concepts while allowing for hands-on analysis. Students should leave the course with an ability to apply course material in financial analysis.
  • Practical Economics for Business
      3 Credit(s)
      This course explores economic issues affecting the business owner. Course discussion will begin with an overview of macro- and microeconomic principles and a framework for understanding economics as it relates to the world economy in general and the place of the small business in the economic environment. The format of the class will be interactive and participatory.
  • Business Ethics
      3 Credit(s)
      This course addresses ethical decision-making in business situations, including: ethical principles, a framework for understanding ethical decision making, and organizational culture, relationships and conflicts related to ethical situations. The format of the class will be interactive and participatory.
  • Risk Management
      3 Credit(s)
      This course will examine management of risk in a small business environment including: identifying, assessing and taking action to mitigate or avoid risk. Insurance, legal, and financial aspects will be addressed; however, the focus will be on examining the transfer of risk through insurance and the study of insurance concepts pertinent to a healthcare professional in a small business setting.
  • Principles of Marketing
      3 Credit(s)
      This course focuses on customer behavior, product, channels of distribution, promotion, and pricing with emphasis on a culturally diverse environment. The objective of this course is to take a practical, managerial approach to marketing. It gives the student a comprehensive and innovative, managerial and practical introduction to marketing. Principles of Marketing provides in-depth exposure to practical examples and applications about managerial decisions. These include the trade-off between the organization's objectives and resources against needs and opportunities in the marketplace.
  • Chemistry for Health Professionals
      4 Credit(s)
      This course through lecture and lab explores fundamental concepts relevant to the study of the health sciences. It includes topics in general, organic, and biological chemistry.
  • Business and Professional Communication
      3 Credit(s)
      This course is designed to emphasize effective business and professional communication at the individual and corporate levels. This course will use an interactive, audience-centered approach to focus on written and oral communication. In this course, students will enhance their written communication by creating several different professional documents including resumes, cover letters, business letters/memos, and designing a website. Students will interact with each other to develop oral communication skills by conducting interviews, providing objective feedback and giving an oral presentation.
  • Advanced Communications for Professional
      3 Credit(s)
      This course covers principles and practice of communication in business and professional settings. It builds on basic communication principles through the application of course material in negotiation, conflict management, persuasion, presentation skills, how to include research in communications with an emphasis on personal presentations, case studies and role play.
  • Organizational Communication
      3 Credit(s)
      This course studies organization theory, group communication, work relationships, team building, leadership theory, ethics and gender, as well as the impact of technology on communication. Students will study the theoretical background for organizational communication and apply these theoretical concepts to practical applications, using case studies, interactive exercises and presentations.
  • Health Communication
      3 Credit(s)
      This interactive course will explore various approaches and theories of health communication. The course will emphasize best practices and challenges in health communication. Common health concerns experienced in the general population will be used to focus health communication messages. Students will explore various methods of motivating patients to improve health through behavioral change. Students will demonstrate the ability to deliver appropriate, focused, evidence-based health information.
  • 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 addresses the relationship between human beings and their environment, the impact that relationship has on one's health, and individual and community roles in the 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 ones 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 introduces the student to the field of exercise science and covers aspects of human anatomy and physiology, nutrition, human performance and strength training and conditioning. Additionally, the course includes basic components of exercise program design, training and assessment. The completeness of the course provides essential foundational and practical knowledge should a student choose to pursue and qualify for external certification through organizations including, but not limited to, the National Academy of Sports Medicine and/or the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
  • Introduction to Statistics
      3 Credit(s)
      The focus of this introductory statistics course is to develop students statistical thinking, reasoning, and literacy. Presentation of fundamental statistical concepts and methods emphasize students understanding of the fundamental principles of data collection and analysis to draw sound statistical and research conclusions from real world data. Students will learn basic statistical terminology, organization of data, measures of central tendency and dispersion, application of statistical techniques, and the ethics of working with collected data.
  • 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; psychoanalytic 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. It 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.
  • Psych 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.
  • Attitudes Towards Death and Dying
      3 Credit(s)
      This course will examine the many different aspects, attitudes and experiences associated with the process of death and dying. Students will study what is death, what are the current attitudes concerning death in different cultures, and the practices surrounding death and mourning. They will identify personal and professional resources necessary for coping with the loss of a significant person. They will also examine the grief process in children, how age affects grief and the subsequent experiences, suicide and self-destructive behaviors, and the commercial death market. The final goal will be to view death as a part of living and to realize its power as a stimulus for living.
  • 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.
  • Health and Diversity
      3 Credit(s)
      This course will explore the differences between diverse populations and how those differences impact health and health care. It examines common health conditions prevalent in various populations and explores contributing factors of these health disparities and inequalities. The student will develop culturally-sensitive health materials.
  • 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.
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