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

The bachelor of arts 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.


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

Career opportunities

This major offers many unique opportunities for work within natural sciences. It can be tailored for preparation to enter 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).

Program director

alan thompson
Alan Thompson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology

Course listing

General Education Prerequisites

BIOL-111General Biology: Cells and Physiology4
CHEM-103General Chemistry I4

Required Courses (minimum Of 48 Units Total, 28 Units Upper-division)

BIOL-220Healthcare in the United States2
BIOL-332Human Physiology4
BIOL-485Senior Seminar in Biology1
CHEM-104General Chemistry II4
MATH-311Statistics for the Natural Sciences3

Select from the following in consultation with the program director:

BIOL-121General Biology: Diversity and Ecology4
BIOL-321Vertebrate Zoology4
BIOL-321LVertebrate Zoology Lab0
BIOL-331Human Anatomy4
BIOL-441Cell and Molecular Biology4
BIOL-441LCell and Molecular Biology Lab0
BIOL-470History and Philosophy of Science3
BIOL-482Practicum in Biology1-2
BIOL-496Biological Research1-3
CHEM-310Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM-311Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM-312LOrganic Chemistry Laboratory I2
CHEM-313LOrganic Chemistry Laboratory II1
CHEM-351LQuantitative Analysis4
CHEM-421LBiochemistry Lab0
CHEM-496Research Project2
CS-121Introduction to Scientific Programming3
KIN-406Physiology of Exercise I4
MATH-210Calculus I4
PHYS-120General Physics I4
PHYS-121General Physics II4