Health & Human Physiology Transfer Tips

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Health and Human Physiology has three academic plans of study (or “tracks”) from which students must select:  1) Exercise Science, 2) Health Promotion, or 3) Health Studies. These tracks provide a range of educational opportunities for students, offering flexible options in the high-demand area of bio-behavioral health. This degree will prepare undergraduates for careers in health education, wellness, public and global health, sport and fitness, rehabilitation and sports medicine, and other service-oriented careers in the health sciences.

Note:  Students may earn a major in health and human physiology (B.A.) or a major in human physiology (B.S.), but not both.

Science and Mathematics Foundation. All Students complete three foundation courses (10-12 s.h.)-one each in chemistry, biology, and mathematics of statistics:

CHEMISTRY (one of the following)

  • CHEM:1080 General Chemistry II 3 s.h. 
  • CHEM:1120 Principles of Chemistry II 4 s.h.

BIOLOGY (one of the following)

  • BIOL:1141  Introductory Animal Biology 4 s.h.
  • BIOL:1140 Human Biology 4 s.h.
  • BIOL:1411 Foundations of Biology 4 s.h.

MATHEMATICS or STATISTICS (one of the following)

  • MATH:1020 Elementary Functions 4 s.h.
  • MATH:1440 Mathematics for the Biological Sciences 4 s.h.
  • MATH:1460 Calculus for the Biological Sciences 4 s.h.
  • MATH:1380 Calculus and Matrix Algebra for Business 4 s.h.
  • MATH:1850 Calculus I 4 s.h.
  • STAT:1030 Statistics for Business 4 s.h.
  • STAT:1020 Elementary Statistics and Inference 3 s.h.
  • STAT:3510 Biostatistics 3 s.h.
  • STAT:5543 / PSQF: 5143 Introduction to Statistical Methods 3 s.h.
  • Students also must complete the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences General Education Requirements. Transfer students with an AA degree from an Iowa community college or Black Hawk College in Illinois will enter the University having fulfilled all of the General Education Program requirements (except world language and Diversity and Inclusion) in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
  • Complete the fourth level of a single world language as needed for Iowa's General Education Program.
  • Meet Admission Requirements for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Prospective transfer students should contact the University of Iowa Office of Admissions, 319-335-1566 for information about applying or arranging a campus visit.


Exercise Science:  Clay Peterson, or 319-384-1708.

Health Promotion:  Kathy Mellen, or 319-335-4568.

Health Studies:  Qian Xiao, or (319) 335-9348.

These resources can help facilitate your transfer to Iowa:

Health and Human Physiology