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