Bath Spa University Human Biology

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Bath Spa University Human Biology

Our Biology courses cover a broad range of fundamental topics such as cell biology and genetics, plant, animal and human biology. The core elements of the Human Biology pathway include applied anatomy and physiology, histology, microbiology and medical biology. There are a range of optional topics including biochemistry, psychology, and nutrition.

As well as learning about specific topics, you’ll develop a broad range of skills; some are specific to Biology, while others are useful in professional environments. The course is ‘real-world’ focussed; you’ll graduate as a professional biologist prepared to solve a range of problems and keep up to date with scientific advances.

What you’ll learn

Overview

Our Biology courses cover a broad range of fundamental topics such as cell biology and genetics, plant, animal and human biology. The core elements of the Human Biology pathway include applied anatomy and physiology, histology, microbiology and medical biology. There are a range of optional topics including biochemistry, psychology, and nutrition.

As well as learning about specific topics, you’ll develop a broad range of skills; some are specific to Biology, while others are useful in professional environments. The course is ‘real-world’ focussed; you’ll graduate as a professional biologist prepared to solve a range of problems and keep up to date with scientific advances.

Course structure

Year 1
The first year focuses on fundamental biological topics such as cell biology, genetics, anatomy and physiology, evolution and classification. Compulsory elements include the study of the human body, using ‘real time’ data collected on lung and heart function, DNA analysis, and microscopic examination of tissues. Optional modules allow you to explore key biochemistry, nutrition and health or introductory psychology.

Year 2
The second year covers a range of important human, animal and plant biology. You’ll consider concepts such as ethics, biosecurity, and genetics. The ways in which humans can be affected by disease are also examined including pathophysiology, nutrition and microbiology. The development of research skills are a focus at this level.