Bachelor of Science in Biology: Pre-Chiropractic Concentration

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The pre-chiropractic curriculum is designed specifically for students who ultimately want to pursue careers as chiropractors. Our graduates leave Cal U well-prepared to complete the advanced training offered by professional chiropractic schools. Our department has articulated agreements with chiropractic colleges (e.g., Logan University College of Chiropractic) to facilitate the transition post-graduation. In addition, we have several student-oriented clubs and professional societies whose mission is to offer students experiential opportunities.

Our program provides students with a broad curriculum in biology, supplemented with courses in chemistry, physics and mathematics. Students are advised to tailor their curriculum to those courses that will best prepare them for professional schools. Almost all courses include a laboratory component where students gain experience using various scientific instruments, study the practical application of scientific theories and apply course content.


The following eight-semester schedule of courses provides a recommended framework for completing this program 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 EMA 3
Fourth Semester 15
BIO 318   Genetics  4
CHE 331   Organic Chemistry I 4
PHY 122   General Physics II 4
General Education Course 3
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 15
BIO 306  Human 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 4
BIO 480   Cell Biology 4
Related Elective 4
General Education Course 3
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 15
Related Electives 8
CHE 415  Biochemistry 4
General Education Course 3
Eighth Semester 14
Free Elective 4
General Education Courses 6
Free Elective 4
Total 120

Related Electives (16 credits)

  • BIO or ENS 300- or 400-level courses and CHE 415