Health Careers

Academic Prerequisites

Medical schools list their specific requirements for admission in the annual Medical School Admissions Requirements (MSAR) published by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Other professional schools have similar, but less elaborate information booklets.

Professional schools requirements are less stringent so as to encourage students to develop a broad background in preparation for careers in the health professions. The following courses are the basic requirements that must be completed prior to matriculation.

Basic Requirements:

One year of General Biology
One year of Inorganic Chemistry
One year of Organic Chemistry
One year of Physics
One year of English
One year and a half of Mathematics
One semester of Speech

CSU Equivalent:

Biol 1710, Zool 2040 and Bot 2050
Chem 1550 and 1560
Chem 2500 and 2510
Phys 1510 and 1520
Eng 1230 or 1270 and Eng 1240 or 1280
Math 1200, 1210 and 1400
CMAT 2030

Preprofessional course requirements include: communication and language skills, psychology, social sciences or humanities. In each of the science prerequisite areas, laboratory experiences covering the pertinent aspects of the range of material presented in the didactic portions of the course is required. These requirements are minimal, and institutions may have more rigorous requirements.

PreMedical/PreDental Option (BIOP)

Reading Exam
Math Exam
English Placement Exam
Constitution Exam (His 1300, 1310, 2160; Pol Sci 1010)
Eng 1270 or Eng 1230
Eng 1280 or Eng 1240

Foreign Language (two semesters/6 hours of a single foreign language or equivalent)
Humanities (Art, Literature, Foreign Languages, Music, Philosophy and Speech)
9 hrs. total, from at least two disciplines
Humanities #1
Humanities #2
Humanities #3

Certain Foregin Language courses will count in the Humanities area; check with your advisor.

Recommended Humanities electives: Phil 1020 or 1030, CMAT 2030, 200-level Literature courses, a Fine Arts course.

Social Sciences (Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology) 9 hrs. total, from at least two sequences

Social Sciences #1
Social Sciences #2

Social Sciences #3
Certain Criminal Justice courses will count for General Education; check with your advisor.

Recommended Social Sciences electives: Psyc 1100, Soc 1010 and History courses on the 200 & 300-level.

Additional requirements (NOTE : MAY BE IMBEDDED = COURSES MAY "DOUBLE COUNT")

Fine Arts
Diversity
Critical Thinking
Interdisciplinary

Supportive Courses (34 hrs.):

Math 1200           
Math 1210          
Math 1400            
Chem 1550           
Chem 1560          
Chem 2500        
Chem 2510        
Physics 1510      
Physics 1520       
(Electives – Up to 16 hours, to total 120 hours)
(College Algebra)
(Algebra and Trigonometry)
(Calculus I)
(General Chemistry I)
(General Chemistry II)
(Organic Chemistry I)
(Organic Chemistry II)
(General Physics I)
(General Physics II)

Note: Successful completion of the Math Exam is a prerequisite for non-remedial courses in Math, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Required Biology Courses (39 hrs.):

Biol 1600
Biol 1710
Zool 2040
Bot 2050
Biol 2550
Biol 3040
Biol 3050
Biol 4520
Phys 2040
Phys 4330
Phys 4335
Zool 2050
(Introduction to Biology Professions)
(Introduction to Biology)
(Biology of Animals)
(Biology of Algae, Plants, and Fungi)
(Populations, Communities, Ecosystems)
(Genetics)
(Cell Biology)
(Cell Biology Lab)
(Human Physiology)
(Physiological Control Mechanisms)
(Homeostatic Mechanisms)
(Human Functional Anatomy)

Elective Courses (2000 or 3000 level in Biology or Chemestry) - 3 hrs

Note: Successful completion of the Reading Exam is a prerequisite for 2000-level
courses in Biology, Botany, Physiology and Zoology. Successful completion of
the English Qualifying Exam is a prerequisite for 3000-level courses in those
disciplines, as well as in Chemistry.

*Enrichment Core Courses:
Students who entered the University in Fall 2002 or subsequently must take at
least 9 credit hours from the following courses (Enrichment Core). These courses
will also count in their respective areas for College of Arts & Sciences General Education

Humanities / Social Sciences

Art 1000
Anth 1010
Art  3130
Anth  2130
Eng 2150
Econ 1010
Eng 2410
Econ 1020
Fren 2120
Geog 1000
Geog 2500
Mus 1134
Mus 2216

Hist 1310
Hist 2200
Phil 1040
Phil 2730
Polsci 1010
Psyc 1100
Psyc 2000
CMAT 2030
CMAT 2210
Span 3190
Soc 1010
Soc 2400

 

STUDENTS WHO ENTER THE MAJOR IN THE FALL OF 2002 OR THEREAFTER MUST EARN A GRADE OF C OR BETTER IN ALL REQUIRED BIOLOGY COURSES AND MAY EARN A MAXIMUM OF ONE D GRADE IN SUPPORTIVE COURSES. ALL STUDENTS WISHING TO GRADUATE IN THE PREPROFESSIONAL OPTION, REGARDLESS OF DATE OF ENTRY, MUST HAVE A C.S.U. GPA OF 2.7 OR BETTER. THIS DOCUMENT DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A CONTRACT. SEE YOUR ADVISOR IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.

Pre-Pharmacy Option

2009 Prerequisites
Semester Hrs
English composition
6
General Biology (minimum two semesters with laboratory)
8
Anatomy (must included all systems)
3
General Chemistry (minimum two semesters with laboratory)
8
Organic Chemistry (minimum two semesters with laboratory)
8
Physics (mechanics, thermodynamics, force and motion must be included.  May be non-calculus based)
8
Calculus (intergration and differentiation)
3
Speech (public speaking)
3
Economics (micro, macro, or general)
3
Additional Coursework (Divided among the social and behavioral sciences, humanities, fine arts, foreign language, business, or computer sciences)
12
Total Credit Hours
62
   
New Requirements
2010 Prerequisities Semester Hrs
English composition
6
General Biology (minimum two semesters with laboratory)
8
Anatomy (must included all systems)
3
General Chemistry (minimum two semesters with laboratory)
8
Organic Chemistry (minimum two semesters with laboratory)
8
Physics (mechanics, thermodynamics, force and motion must be included.  May be non-calculus based)
4
Calculus (intergration and differentiation)
3
Speech (public speaking)
3
Economics (micro, macro, or general)
3
 
3
Statistics
General Psychology or Sociology
3
additional Coursework (Divided among the social and behavioral sciences, humanities, fine arts, foreign language, business, or computer sciences)
9
Total Credit Hours
61