2020-2021 Academic Catalog

B.S. in Biology: Pre-Professional Concentrations

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Program Description

The pre-professional concentrations of the Bachelor of Science in Biology include:

  • Pre-Dentistry
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Optometry
  • Pre-Osteopathic Medicine
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Podiatric Medicine
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine

These programs are designed to prepare students for further study at the graduate level.  

Delivery Mode

Traditional (on campus)

Curriculum

The following eight-semester schedule of courses provides a recommended framework for completing the pre-professional programs of study in four years.


Course Credits
Freshman Year  
First Semester 15
BIO 120  General Zoology 4
CHE 101  General Chemistry I 4
ENG 101  English Composition I 3
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar 1
General Education Course 3
   
Second Semester 17
BIO 125  General Botany 4
CHE 102  General Chemistry II 4
ENG 102  English Composition II 3
MAT 273  Applied Calculus  OR  MAT 281  Calculus I 3
General Education Course 3
   
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 14
BIO 215  Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology 4
PHY 121  General Physics I 4
Free Elective 3
General Education Course 3
   
Fourth Semester 15
BIO 218  Genetics  4
CHE 331  Organic Chemistry I 4
PHY 122  General Physics II 4
General Education EMA 3
   
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 15
BIO 306  Human Anatomy  OR  BIO 305  Comp. Vert. Anatomy 4
BIO 326  General Microbiology 4
CHE 341  Organic Chemistry II (lecture) 3
CHE 342  Organic Chemistry II (lab) 1
General Education Course 3
   
Sixth Semester 15
BIO 328  Human Physiology  OR  BIO 486  Comp. Animal Phys. 4
BIO 480  Cell Biology 4
MAT 215  Statistics 3
Related Elective 4
   
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 16
Related Electives 8
Free Elective 4
General Education Course 4
   
Eighth Semester 14
Related Electives 8
General Education Courses 6
Total 120

Program Note

A chemistry minor (20 credits) is recommended for those students intending to pursue graduate or professional school (must declare minor with Chemistry Chair).

Program Webpage

https://www.calu.edu/academics/undergraduate/bachelors/biology/pre-professional/index.aspx