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The pre-health sciences major will provide you with a broad, interdisciplinary foundation in the sciences. It will also 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 science degree offers you greater depth of foundational coursework in supporting fields, additional breadth within the major and a research capstone.

Emphases

This program requires an emphasis

Highlights

  • 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.
  • 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

CodeTitleUnits
BIOL-111General Biology: Cells and Physiology4
CHEM-103General Chemistry I4
MATH-210Calculus I4

Required Courses (41 Units)

CodeTitleUnits
BIOL-121General Biology: Diversity and Ecology4
BIOL-220Healthcare in the United States2
BIOL-332Human Physiology4
BIOL-340Microbiology4
BIOL-370Bioethics3
BIOL-450Genetics4
BIOL-485Senior Seminar in Biology1
BIOL-496Biological Research2
CHEM-104General Chemistry II4
CHEM-310Organic Chemistry I3
PHYS-120
or PHYS-130
General Physics I
University Physics I
4
4
PHYS-121
or PHYS-131
General Physics II
University Physics II
3
4
MATH-311Statistics for the Natural Sciences3

Select One Of The Following Emphases

Pre-M.D./D.O./D.D.S./D.Pharm. Emphasis
Required Courses (18-21 Units)
CodeTitleUnits
BIOL-421Biochemistry4
BIOL-421LBiochemistry Lab0
BIOL-441Cell and Molecular Biology4
BIOL-441LCell and Molecular Biology Lab0
CHEM-311Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM-312LOrganic Chemistry Laboratory I2
MATH-220Calculus II4

Select at least one additional unit from the list of electives below.

Pre-M.P.T. Emphasis

Required courses (14-16 units)

CodeTitleUnits
KIN-390Internship in Kinesiology1-3
KIN-401Biomechanics4
KIN-406Physiology of Exercise I4

Select 5 additional units from the list of electives below.

Pre-M.S.N. Emphasis

Required courses (16 units)

CodeTitleUnits
BIOL-421Biochemistry4
BIOL-421LBiochemistry Lab0
KIN-270Nutrition3
PSY-120General Psychology3

Select 6 additional units from the list of electives below.

Electives
CodeTitleUnits
BIOL-331Human Anatomy4
BIOL-441Cell and Molecular Biology4
BIOL-441LCell and Molecular Biology Lab0
CHEM-311Organic Chemistry II4
CHEM-312LOrganic Chemistry Laboratory I2
CHEM-313LOrganic Chemistry Laboratory II1
CHEM-350Quantitative Analysis4
CHEM-350LQuantitative Analysis Lab0
CHEM-460Physical Chemistry4
CHEM-460LPhysical Chemistry Lab0
KIN-401Biomechanics4
KIN-406Physiology of Exercise4
MATH-220Calculus II4

Or other courses chosen in consultation with the program director.