• Student and professor working with Bunsen Burner
  • Professor with petri dish

The General Emphasis of the BA is intended for students considering pre-medical, pre-dental, or related professional pathways.

Highlights

  • Tailor courses to serve as preparation for entrance exams such as the MCAT
  • Small class sizes allow for personalized instruction and mentoring
  • Apply socioeconomic and ethical perspectives in analysis of current issues in health care

Career opportunities

This major offers many unique opportunities for work within natural sciences and entry into medical or dental school. Common career paths include medical and dental careers, as well as a variety of allied health fields: nurse, physician’s assistant, physical therapy, nutrition, medical technology and more.

Course listing

General Education Prerequisites

CodeTitleUnits
BIOL 111
BIOL 231
General Biology: Cells and Physiology
or Anatomy and Physiology I
4
4
CHEM 103General Chemistry I4
MATH 140Pre-Calculus4

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

CodeTitleUnits
BIOL 220Healthcare in the United States2
BIOL 332Human Physiology4
BIOL 370Bioethics3
BIOL 450Genetics4
BIOL 485PRHSenior Seminar2
CHEM 104General Chemistry II4
MATH 205Introductory Statistics3

Select from the following in consultation with the program director

CodeTitleUnits
BIOL 121General Biology: Diversity and Ecology4
BIOL 321Vertebrate Zoology4
BIOL 321LVertebrate Zoology Lab0
BIOL 331Human Anatomy4
BIOL 340Microbiology4
BIOL 421Biochemistry4
BIOL 421LBiochemistry Lab0
BIOL 441Cell and Molecular Biology4
BIOL 441LCell and Molecular Biology Lab0
BIOL 470History and Philosophy of Science3
BIOL 482Practicum in Biology1 - 3
BIOL 496Biological Research1 - 3
CHEM 310Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 311Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 312LOrganic Chemistry Laboratory I2
CHEM 313LOrganic Chemistry Laboratory II1
CHEM 350Analytical Chemistry5
CHEM 496Chemistry Research1 - 4
KIN 401Biomechanics4
KIN 406Physiology of Exercise I4
MATH 210Calculus I4
PHYS 120General Physics I4
PHYS 121General Physics II4
MATH 206LIntroductory Statistics Lab1

Program director

Alan Thompson, Ph.D.
Alan Thompson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Biology, Program Director, Pharmaceutical Science, Pre-Health Sciences & Biology B.A.