Pre-Professional Biology Bachelors Degree Pennsylvania

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Pre-Professional Biology Bachelors Degree Pennsylvania

The pre-professional concentration within the biology program at Cal U prepares students to enter a variety of professional health science schools, including medical, dental, chiropractic, podiatric, pharmacy, osteopathic, optometry and physical therapy.  In addition, some of our graduates pursue post-baccalaureate training as physician's assistants.  

If you are pursuing the pre-professional concentration within the Bachelor of Science degree program, you must take the core science courses listed below as well as a minimum of six general education credits at or above the 300 level in order to graduate.

Get a description of each of Cal U's biology courses from our Course Catalog.

Below is a recommended framework of courses for completing the degree in four years.

Bachelor of Science in Biology (Pre-Professional Concentration): 120 Credits

First Semester – 15 credits
BIO 120 General Zoology                                                                     4 crs.
CHE 101 General Chemistry I4 crs.
ENG 101 English Composition I3 crs.
UNI 100 First-Year Seminar1 cr.
General Education Courses
3 crs.

Second Semester – 17 credits
BIO 125 General Botany                                                                      4 crs.
CHE 102 General Chemistry II4 crs.
ENG 102 English Composition II3 crs.
MAT 281 Calculus I3 crs.
General Education Courses3 crs.

Third Semester – 14 credits
BIO 215 Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology                                4 crs.
PHY 121 General Physics I4 crs.
Unrestricted Elective3 crs.
Ethics and Multicultural Awareness3 crs.

Fourth Semester – 15 credits
BIO 318 Genetics4 crs.
CHE 331 Organic Chemistry I                                                                 4 crs.
PHY 122 General Physics II4 crs.
General Education Course3 crs.

Fifth Semester – 15 credits
BIO 3XX Anatomy or Physiology Course                                                  4 crs.
BIO 326 General Microbiology4 crs.
CHE 341 Organic Chemistry II (lecture)3 crs.
CHE 342 Organic Chemistry II (lab)1 cr.
General Education Course
3 crs.

Sixth Semester – 15 credits
BIO 3XX Anatomy or Physiology Course                                                 4 crs.
BIO 480 Cell Biology4 crs.
MAT 215 Statistics3 crs.
Related Elective4 crs.

Seventh Semester – 16 credits
CHE 415 Biochemistry                                                                           4 crs.

Related Electives

8 crs.
General Education Course4 crs.

Eighth Semester – 13 credits
Unrestricted Elective 3 crs.
General Education Courses6 crs.
Related Elective                                                                                  
4 crs.