Institute of Science (IoS)
Our accelerated science courses are ideal for students interested in completing science courses in an expedited and convenient way.
As a WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) accredited university, SCU offers accelerated sciences courses that are designed for students who want to accomplish their goals with a high-quality education, affordable tuition, and course flexibility while accommodating personal, family, and professional commitments.
- All accelerated science courses are held on the SCU campus in Whittier
- SCU is WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) accredited since 1993
- SCU has offered accelerated science courses since 2008
- Accelerated science courses offered by SCU have been accepted as transfer credit by prestigious colleges and universities for years
- Transcripts for all courses are issued by SCU and attest that your course was taught at a WASC accredited institution
- Saturday/Sunday course schedule: 4 weekends plus one Wednesday evening, 4 units including lab
- Friday/Saturday course schedule: 5 weekends, 4 units including lab
- Low student to faculty ratio
- Financial aid may be available. Please contact our financial aid office at (562) 947-8755 ext. 766 for details
View our uninterupted schedule of accelerated science courses below
Additional sections of a course maybe added to the schedule upon request, provided there is sufficient student interest
No classes on Easter weekend
No classes on Thanksgiving weekend
To learn more about our accelerated science courses or our open houses, please call (562) 902-3309.
Frequently Asked Questions
I understand ISP will no longer be offered in conjunction with Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU) in Whittier, CA after March 4. What will happen after that?
After March 4, 2016 SCU will continue to offer accelerated science courses on the same convenient campus in Whittier, CA using SCU’s Institute of Science (IoS) curriculum. We will continue to deliver the same quality education to which you are accustomed.
SCU will no longer offer accelerated sciences courses in Hayward, CA at the Hayward Adult School (HAS). Hayward students are welcome to take accelerated science courses on our Whittier campus. Please contact SCU admissions at (562) 902-3309 to discuss your accelerated science course options.
Will there be any changes to the courses after March 4, 2016?
There will be no interruptions to the course schedules or course offerings. Courses will continued to be offered on our safe and convenient Whittier campus. While the course materials may vary somewhat, the underlying curriculum is substantially the same. All of SCU’s accelerated science courses will be taught by the same great faculty who have been teaching accelerated science courses at SCU for years. Additionally, the schedule of courses will be expanded to offer more options for students.
Are SCU’s accelerated science classes transferrable to the college/university of my choice?
Accelerated science courses offered by SCU have been accepted as transfer credit by prestigious colleges and universities for years. The decision to accept coursework rests on the host institution. Please check with the institution to which you hope to transfer credit to verify their transfer policy. Institutions that have accepted SCU’s accelerated science course credits include:
- American University of Health Sciences (Nursing)
- California State University (Nursing and other majors, various campuses)
- College of Eastern Medicine (Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine)
- Los Angeles College of Chiropractic (Chiropractic)
- Los Angeles County College of Nursing and Allied Health (Nursing)
- Mt. Saint Mary’s College (Nursing)
- Samuel Merritt University (Nursing, Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy)
- San Diego State University (Nursing)
- Southern California College of Optometry
- University of California Irvine (Medicine, Nursing)
- University of California Los Angeles (Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry)
- University of California San Francisco (Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry)
- University of Southern California (Dentistry)
- University of Vermont (Medicine)
- Western University of Health Sciences (Pharmacy, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, Nursing)
Are there financial aid or scholarship opportunities available for SCU accelerated sciences courses?
Financial aid may be available. Please contact our financial aid office at 562-947-8755 ext. 766 for details.
How many SCU accelerated science courses can I take at a time?
Students may be enrolled one SCU accelerated science course at a time (four or five weekends), and you may register for multiple courses to be taken sequentially (four or five weekends for course A, then another four or five weekends for course B, and so forth). The average SCU accelerated science student takes three courses over a several month time period.
What are the general admissions requirements to take SCU accelerated sciences coursework?
Students are required to have an official high school diploma or equivalent, which must be submitted before the end of the first course. If a course has pre-requisite college course work, students must provide a college transcript.
For what will SCU’s accelerated science courses help me prepare?
SCU’s accelerated science courses may help students meet the qualifications for several professional health fields including: medicine, dentistry, chiropractic, nursing, physician assistant, physical therapy, optometry, acupuncture and oriental medicine, veterinary medicine, and more.
Who teaches SCU accelerated science courses?
SCU’s accelerated science courses are taught by the same great faculty who have been teaching here for years. Many of SCU’s expert faculty hold science-oriented doctoral, masters, or medical degrees.
Does SCU offer academic programs beyond accelerated science courses?
Yes, founded in 1911, SCU has a rich history of health sciences programming, including first professional degrees in chiropractic, and acupuncture and Oriental medicine, a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences degree, several certificate programs, and is slated to launch a Master of Science: Physician Assistant program in September 2016 (pending ARC-PA approval).
Why will ISP courses no longer be offered through SCU?
The name ISP is owned by LEI, a company that provided bundled services, including marketing and administrative duties, for SCU in relation to ISP courses. SCU’s association with LEI will end on March 4, 2016.
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