Sciences & Humanities

Sciences and humanities education provides essential skills and knowledge that help students succeed in their chosen field.

PA College believes that a strong general education curriculum in the sciences and humanities provides the foundation for any educational program. In addition, students use the skills learned in the sciences and humanities courses to further their intellectual, personal and professional growth.


Sciences and humanities education at PA College is offered through four distinct departments: Humanities, Mathematics, Science and Social Science. Each department has its own goals that contribute to the students’ overall learning, supporting both the sciences and humanities and College educational outcomes.


The goals of the Humanities Department are to foster opportunities that help students to:

  • Stimulate intellectual and imaginative curiosity
  • Critically and creatively evaluate personal and professional experiences.
  • Communicate thoughtfully and effectively
  • Reflect on ways to appropriately engage in global citizenship

Humanities courses offered at PA College include the following:

  • CMP 150 Digital Learning in the 21st Century
  • ENG 100 English Composition
  • ENG 201 Contemporary Oral Communication
  • ENG 202 Advanced Communication
  • ENG 300 Advanced Composition for Health Care
  • ENG 310 Business Communication
  • ENG 350 Telling the Stories of Medicine
  • HUM 210 World Religions
  • HUM 310 Death, Dying & Bereavement
  • PHI 210 Ethical and Legal Dimensions in the Health Sciences
  • PHI 330 Ethical Issues in Health Care
  • SPA 101 Elementary Spanish
  • SPA 200 Spanish for Health Care Professionals

Subjects that may transfer in as Humanities electives include art, literature, history, music, philosophy, communications, theatre, foreign languages and religion.


The goals of the Mathematics Department are to:

  • Mold students into confident users of mathematics.
  • Develop students as critical mathematical decision makers.
  • Enable students to become lifelong learners who continue to grow in their chosen professions and
    function as productive citizens.

Mathematics courses offered at PA College include the following:

  • MAT 140 Introduction to Statistical Thinking
  • MAT 150 Clinical Mathematics for the Health Sciences
  • MAT 160 College Algebra
  • MAT 190 Calculus I
  • MAT 260 Statistics

Subjects that may transfer as mathematics courses include mathematics, computer science (not computer
applications) and statistics


The goal of the Science Department is to provide a learner-centered foundation in the elements of scientific method, theory, applicability and laboratory practice that will encourage the student to:

  • Acquire an in-depth appreciation of the scientific endeavor.
  • Evaluate the quality of scientific information and its interpretation.
  • Apply this knowledge in evidence-based practice decisions.

Science courses offered at PA College include the following:

  • BIO 105 Human Biology/Laboratory
  • BIO 111 General Biology I
  • BIO 112 General Biology II
  • BIO 175 Human Anatomy & Physiology I/Laboratory
  • BIO 176 Human Anatomy & Physiology II/Laboratory
  • BIO 185 Microbiology/Laboratory
  • BIO 230 Immunology
  • BIO 250 Nutrition for Life
  • BIO 376 Pathophysiology
  • BIO 380 Epidemiology
  • CHE 100 General Chemistry I/Laboratory
  • CHE 110 General Chemistry II/Laboratory
  • CHE 200 Organic Chemistry I/Laboratory
  • CHE 210 Organic Chemistry II/Laboratory
  • PHY 150 Physics/Laboratory

Subjects that may transfer in as science electives include biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy and

Social Science

The goals of the Social Science department are to use the social sciences to:

  • Promote intellectual and personal growth.
  • Expand cultural and global awareness.
  • Foster understanding and sensitivity to diversity.
  • Encourage individuals to make enlightened judgments that are informed by theoretical, empirical
    and practical understandings of the social world.

Social Science courses offered at PA College include the following:

  • ECO 150 Survey of Economics
  • ECO 310 American Health Care System
  • ECO 350 The Economics of Health Care
  • HLT 150 Wellness for Life
  • HLT/IPC 414 Holistic Health Modalities
  • PSY 100 General Psychology
  • PSY 200 Developmental Psychology
  • PSY 300 Health Psychology
  • SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 200 Cultural Diversity
  • SOC 300 Social Problems

Subjects that may transfer in as social science electives include anthropology, criminology, cultural
studies, economics, education, health, human geography, political science, psychology, sociology and
social work.


Associate Degree: Sciences and Humanities Core Curriculum

Full timeHalf time Less than half time
Federal Pell Grant*
Institutional ScholarshipsFederal Direct LoansFederal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant
Most Private Loans**

Baccalaureate Degree: Sciences and Humanities Core Curriculum

 Undergraduate (all clinical programs expect Evening/Weekend Nursing)Undergraduate (Evening/Weekend Nursing)Undergraduate (non-clinical Bachelor programs)Graduate (Masters)Graduate (Nurse Practitioner)Graduate (Doctoral)
Program Tuition$5,200 to $10,400
varies by program
Room and Board (living with parent)$2,700$2,700$2,700$2,700$2,700$2,700
Room and Board (not living with parent)$11,000$11,000$11,000$11,000$11,000$11,000
Books and Supplies$2,150$2,150$2,150$2,150$2,150$2,150
Loan Fees$134$134$134$218$218$218
Total (living with parent)$28,924 to $34,124 (depending on program)$21,604$23,724$19,608$22,968$21,168
Total (not living with parent)$37,224 to $42,424 (depending on program)$29,904$32,024$27,908$31,268$29,468