B.S. 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.S. degree is appropriate for those who seek greater depth of foundational coursework in supporting fields, additional breadth within the major and a research capstone

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).

Students choose one of the following emphases:

Courses

General Education Prerequisites (12 Units)

  • BIOL-110L General Biology: Cells and Physiology (4)
  • CHEM-101L General Chemistry I (4)
  • MATH-210 Calculus I (4)

Recommended Course

  • PSY-120 Introduction to Psychology (3) (Required for Pre-M.S.N. Emphasis)

Required Courses (Minimum of 41 Units Total)

  • BIOL-121 General Biology: Diversity and Ecology (4) 
  • BIOL-220 Healthcare in the United States (2) 
  • BIOL-332 Human Physiology (4) 
  • BIOL-340 Microbiology (4) 
  • BIOL-370 Bioethics (2) 
  • BIOL-450 Genetics (4) 
  • BIOL-485 Senior Seminar in Biology (1) 
  • BIOL-496 Biological Research (2) 
  • CHEM-104 General Chemistry II (4) 
  • CHEM-310 Organic Chemistry I (3)
  • PHYS-120 General Physics I (4) or PHYS-130 University Physics I (4)
  • PHYS-121 General Physics II (4) or PHYS-131 University Physics II (4) 
  • MATH-311 Statistics for the Natural Sciences (3) 

Select one of the following emphases:

Pre-M.D./D.O./D.D.S./D.Pharm. Emphasis (18-21 Units)

  • BIOL-420L Biochemistry (4) 
  • BIOL-440L Cell and Molecular Biology (4) 
  • CHEM-311 Organic Chemistry II (3) 
  • CHEM-312L Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (2) 
  • MATH-220 Calculus II (4) 
  • Select at least one additional unit from the list of electives below.

Pre-M.P.T. Emphasis (14-16 Units)

  • KIN-390 Internship in Kinesiology (1-3) 
  • KIN-401 Biomechanics (4) 
  • KIN-406 Physiology of Exercise I (4) 
  • Select 5 additional units from the list of electives below.

Pre-M.S.N. Emphasis (16 units)

  • BIOL-420L Biochemistry (4) 
  • KIN-270 Nutrition (3) 
  • Select 9 additional units from the list of electives below. 

Electives

  • BIOL-331 Human Anatomy (4) 
  • BIOL-440L Cell and Molecular Biology (4) 
  • 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-460L Physical Chemistry (4) 
  • KIN-401 Biomechanics (4) 
  • KIN-406 Physiology of Exercise (4) 
  • MATH-220 Calculus II (4) 
  • Or other courses chosen in consultation with the program director.

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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