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B.S. Applied Human Physiology

» B.S. Applied Human Physiology

The B.S. in Applied Human Physiology is the study of human motion as it relates to physical activity, health, exercise, and nutrition in relation to disease prevention and athletic performance. The elective choices offer an interdisciplinary approach that allows students to have focus areas in nutrition and/or exercise physiology.

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4 Year Program

Fall Interterm Spring
BIO 204/204L HSCI 101 BIO 205/205L or BIO 208/208L
CHEM 140/140L CHEM 150/150L
MATH 110 MATH 111
Fall Interterm Spring
PHYS 107/107L PHYS 108/108L
MATH 203 or PSY 203 HSCI 365
HSCI 210/210L
Fall Interterm Spring
HSCI 366/366L AoS* Elective
AoS* Elective AoS* Elective
AoS* Elective AoS* Elective
Fall Interterm Spring
AoS* Elective AHP 498
AoS* Elective AoS* Elective


 *Area of Study (AoS) Coursework 24 credits

Program Advising

For questions about general education requirements and registration, contact Nicole Nangaray nungaray@chapman.edu in the Office of Academica Advising.

For questions about program requirements, please contact your faculty advisor. If you don’t know who your faculty advisor is, please check www.my.chapman.edu. If you don’t see a faculty advisor listed, please contact administrative assistant, Mallorie Munoz.

If you are a current or prospective student who wants information or advise from a Health Sciences major, please contact student advisor Lauren Birch

Students interested in medical school can contact their science faculty advisor or any of the faculty listed below. Students interested in health care professions other than an allopathic medical school can contact the following individuals listed below who have knowledge for each specialty indicated:

Dentistry - Dr. Rowland-Goldsmith
Veterinary - Dr. Marco Bisoffi
Pharmacy - Dr. Elaine Schwartz
Optometry - Dr. Frank Frisch
Osteopathic Medicine - Dr. Caroline Wilson 
PT, OT, PA, and NP - Dr. Ken Sumida

Internship Opportunities

Every Spring semester (during a Major’s Meeting), recruiters for the Clinical Care Extender Program from local hospitals and owners from rehabilitation clinics are invited to introduce their program to our majors. Interested students can sign up to gain clinical experience at these hospitals or clinics. Clinical experience hours are required for admission into any health care profession.

Clubs and Honor's Societies

American Medical Student Association (AMSA)

The American Medical Student Association Pre-Medical Chapter of Chapman University (AMSA) is committed to providing the educational tools and resources needed for pre-medical and pre-health students to successfully navigate the path towards the next phase of their medical education. Through research, health seminars, community service, clinical experience, and physician interaction we aim to nurture a community of students dedicated to a life-long interest and career in the field of medicine.

President: Lindsay Zumwalt
Club Email: chapmanu.amsa@gmail.com

Global Medical Brigades

Global Medical Brigades spends the school year fundraising and collecting medical supplies to prepare to brigade in a foreign country. This year the brigade will be traveling to Nicaragua. The brigade allows students to set up a clinic in an impoverished area of the country and provide much needed medical care to those who wouldn't normally get that care.

President: Emma Hughes
Club Email: chapmanmedical@globalbrigades.com

Emergency Medical Education Club

The Emergency Medical Education Club is a group intended to introduce students to the field of emergency medicine both as providers and bystanders. During the semester we will have guest speakers come in to discuss different topics such as jobs in the field, medical emergencies and emergency preparedness. We will also offer resources for those interested to further their education. We will bring some resources to campus and we will also bring students to different training events off campus. For example, the National Collegiate Emergency Medical Foundation Conference is an event in which we will meet and discuss topics specifically relating to college students/EMTs across the country.

President: Thalie Schweiger


Chapman MEDLIFE is a student organization dedicated to helping communities in countries with little access to health care. Member of the chapter have the opportunity to get hands on experience in mobile clinics around the world. These mobile clinics allow members to gain real-world experience of medical insecurity in developing nations. Participants are asked to help general physicians, dentists, and obstetricians of the country to treat native patient for a duration of one week, with additional time to absorb the country’s culture. Further, participants get to work alongside community member on MEDLIFE projects such as building staircases and homes for communities in need. In addition to fundraising, members will be educated on the difficulties faced by third-world countries and participate in local community service events.

President: Maddy Sielski

Global Education Opportunities

Applied Human Physiology majors are encouraged to consider spending a semester abroad and have many opportunities around the globe. Earn credit toward your Chapman degree by taking unique courses that may be applied for credit for both general education and your major such as Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics, Nutrition, Chemistry, and more! Below are sample courses and recommended programs for Applied Human Physiology majors. Apply two semesters prior. Visit the Global Gateway for more options.


  • ISA – University of Roehampton (London): Biomechanical Analysis of Movement, Intro to Sports & Exercise Psychology, Fundamentals of Exercise Physiology, Principles of Human Nutrition, Cell Biology, Physiology of Exercise, Applied Biomechanics, Physiology of Exercise
  • Temple University Rome (Italy): Contemporary Biology, Biostatistics, Biochemistry
  • Arcadia – University of Glasgow (Scotland): Forensic Medicine, Sports Science, Functional Anatomy for International Pre-Medical Students, Genes, Molecules, & Cells

Pacific Region

  • University of Auckland (New Zealand): Basic Concepts of Physics, Physics for the Life Sciences, Biophysical Foundations, Physiology, Exercise, & Fitness, Health, Fitness, & Culture
  • ISA – University of Sydney (Australia): Fundamentals of Exercise Physiology, Exercise Physiology-Training Adaptations, Exercise physiology and Biochemistry, Biomechanical Analysis of Movement, Physiological Testing and Training, Environmental Stress and Physiological Strain, Diet and Nutrition for Health and Sports
  • ISA – University of Newcastle (Australia): Exercise Physiology, Exercise Testing and Prescription, Biomechanics, Motor Control
  • ISA – La Trobe University (Australia): Exercise Biomechanics, Brian, Mind, & Behavior, Chemistry, Physics for Life Sciences, Practical Skills in Biomedical Science, X-Ray Science


  • ISEP – Pendidikan Sultan Idris (Malaysia): Applied Exercise Physiology, Mind and Body, Nutrition for Specific Sports, Positive Psychology and Sports Excellence, Sports Injuries and Rehabilitation, Sports Stress Management


  • University of Cape Town (South Africa): Applied Human Biology, Human Neurosciences, Integrated Anatomical and Physiological Sciences

Students can partake in a Summer International Internship to obtain hands-on work and culture experience while earning 3 Chapman credits. Internships are offered in seven locations worldwide including Santiago, Shanghai, Prague, Madrid, Dublin, Australia (multiple cities), and New Zealand (multiple cities).  Placements are customized and based on the student’s major, career goals, and interests. Apply fall semester prior.


Every Interterm and summer, Chapman faculty lead groups of students on Travel Courses for 1-4 weeks and you can earn 3-4 Chapman credits to a range of international and domestic locations. Travel Course subjects include language, environmental science, leadership, business, humanities, and others. Apply one semester prior.

Contact Us

Mallorie Munoz
Administrative Assistant
Crean Hall 138
(714) 997-6639

Kenneth Sumida, PhD
Department Chair
(714) 997-6995