B.A. in Pre-Health Sciences

The pre-health sciences major provides students with a broad, interdisciplinary foundation in the sciences. It prepares students for entry into medical and dental careers, as well as a variety of allied health fields: nursing, physician's assistantships, physical therapy, nutrition, medical technology and more.

The B.A. degree is appropriate for students who desire greater flexibility in their undergraduate coursework. This flexibility may be used to incorporate a minor, a second major, a study abroad program or additional elective coursework.

Unique Features

Many health-care career options require or strongly recommend a significant amount of health-care experience prior to graduation. BIOL-220 helps students cultivate their medical and allied health profession aspirations. This course will provide insight into the different careers and explore options for gaining the necessary experience.

Our Graduates

This major offers many unique opportunities for work within natural sciences. It can be tailored for students interested in attending medical or dental school, offering relevant biology, chemistry, math and physics courses necessary for adequate preparation for entrance exams (the Medical College Admission Test, for example).


General Education Prerequisites (12 Units)

  • BIOL-110L General Biology: Cells and Physiology (4)
  • CHEM-101L General Chemistry I (4)
  • MATH-140 Pre-Calculus (4)

Required Courses (Minimum of 48 Units Total, 28 Units Upper-Division)

  • BIOL-220 Healthcare in the United States (2)
  • BIOL-332L Human Physiology (4)
  • BIOL-370 Bioethics (2)
  • BIOL-450L Genetics (4)
  • BIOL-485 Senior Seminar in Biology (1)
  • CHEM-102L General Chemistry II (4)
  • MATH-311 Statistics for the Natural Sciences (3)

Select from the following courses in consultation with the program director:

  • BIOL-120L General Biology: Diversity and Ecology (4)
  • BIOL-320L Vertebrate Zoology (4)
  • BIOL-331L Human Anatomy (4)
  • BIOL-340L Microbiology (4)
  • BIOL-370 Bioethics (2)
  • BIOL-440L Cell and Molecular Biology (4)
  • BIOL-470 History and Philosophy of Science (3)
  • BIOL-482 Practicum in Biology (1-2)
  • BIOL-496 Biological Research (1-3)
  • CHEM-310 Organic Chemistry I (3)
  • CHEM-311 Organic Chemistry II (3)
  • CHEM-312L Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (2)
  • CHEM-313L Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (1)
  • CHEM-351L Quantitative Analysis (4)
  • CHEM-420L Biochemistry (4)
  • CHEM-496 Research Project (2)
  • CS-121 Introduction to Scientific Programming (3)
  • KIN-401L Biomechanics (4)
  • KIN-406L Physiology of Exercise I (4)
  • MATH-210 Calculus I (4)
  • PHYS-120L General Physics I (4)
  • PHYS-121L General Physics II (4)

Why the Central Valley?

A fast-growing and culturally diverse city, Fresno serves as the business, financial, cultural and entertainment center of California's Central Valley. Because of our central location, students have easy access to the best of the rest of California including three national parks and the central coast.

Further Information

Students interested in the pre-health sciences major should contact the program director as early as possible in their academic career since relevant biology, chemistry, math and physics courses are necessary for adequate preparation for entrance exams such as the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). This is also true for students interested in medical or dental school opportunities who may choose to major in a different discipline. A different course sequence may be required for students interested in allied health professions.

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