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Pre-Professional Programs

The following pre-professional programs are offered by the Department of Biological Sciences.

Pre-Dentistry

While dental schools do not require a degree in biology, over 90 percent of students accepted into dental schools have four years of undergraduate education or more, and over 65 percent have majors in some area of the biological sciences. It is usual for pre-dental students to complete a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences while broadly educating themselves in non-scientific subjects. Other scientific majors are also possible (see chemistry). The most important part of the pre-dentistry program is a solid general education. Dental schools select highly motivated students who have shown evidence of above-average accomplishments in a rigorous academic program. During each semester your program of courses outside the sciences should reflect this commitment to becoming well-educated.

The courses listed here meet the minimum requirements of most dental schools. It is not realistic, however, to expect to be accepted into a dental school with just the minimum course requirements.

Lower-Division:

BIOL    006A    Biological Principles    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: Recommend CHEM 037 or concurrent enrollment.

BIOL    006B    Biological Principles    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: BIOL 006A; recommend CHEM 038 or concurrent enrollment.

BIOL    010    General Zoology    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: BIOL 006B or faculty permission.

CHEM    037    General Chemistry    4.0    FS *

Prerequisites: Second-year high school algebra; one year high school chemistry or CHEM 016. (One year of high school physics and one year of high school mathematics past Algebra II are recommended.)

CHEM    038    General Chemistry    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: CHEM 037.

CHEM    070    Organic Chemistry    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: CHEM 038.

PHYS    002A    General Physics    4.0    FS *

Prerequisites: High school physics or faculty permission. High school trigonometry and second-year high school algebra or equivalent (MATH 003 and MATH 004 at CSU, Chico).

PHYS    002B    General Physics    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: PHYS 002A.

Recommended courses:

MATH    007A    Analytic Geometry and Calculus    4.0    FS *

Prerequisites: Completion of ELM requirement; both MATH 004 and MATH 006 (or high school equivalent); a score that meets department guidelines on a department administered calculus readiness exam.

PSY    001A    Principles of Psych    3.0    FS *

Upper-Division:

BIOL    205    Comparative Anatomy: Vertebrates    4.0    FA

Prerequisites: BIOL 006B, BIOL 010.

BIOL    207    Genetics    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: BIOL 006B.

BIOL    214    Vertebrate Physiology    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: BIOL 006B, BIOL 010; CHEM 028 or CHEM 070.

Recommended Courses:

BIOL    202    Cell and Molecular Biology    4.0    FA

Prerequisites: BIOL 006B.

CHEM    250A    Biochemistry    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: CHEM 170.

Any upper-division Psychology course.

While acceptance rates into dental schools vary from year to year, CSU, Chico has a high rate of acceptance.

Pre-Medicine

Although a BS in biological sciences is not absolutely essential for admission to medical schools, the majority of students admitted to those schools that release their admissions statistics have degrees in the biological sciences. Exotic majors often represent second majors of admittees who also have a biological sciences major. Degrees in other science majors are possible (see chemistry for an alternative program). While students may apply for admission to medical school any time after their junior year, the majority of those admitted have completed a four-year degree, and a sizable number are admitted only after additional graduate work. The education recommended, therefore, is also appropriate for those seeking advanced training in graduate schools or employment in fields related to medicine.

The following list of courses can be used to attain a BS degree in biological sciences, with emphasis on fulfilling pre-medical requirements.

Lower-Division:

BIOL    006A    Biological Principles    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: Recommend CHEM 037 or concurrent enrollment.

BIOL    006B    Biological Principles    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: BIOL 006A; recommend CHEM 038 or concurrent enrollment.

BIOL    010    General Zoology    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: BIOL 006B or faculty permission.

CHEM    037    General Chemistry    4.0    FS *

Prerequisites: Second-year high school algebra; one year high school chemistry or CHEM 016. (One year of high school physics and one year of high school mathematics past Algebra II are recommended.)

CHEM    038    General Chemistry    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: CHEM 037.

CHEM    070    Organic Chemistry    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: CHEM 038.

MATH    007A    Analytic Geometry and Calculus    4.0    FS *

Prerequisites: Completion of ELM requirement; both MATH 004 and MATH 006 (or high school equivalent); a score that meets department guidelines on a department administered calculus readiness exam.

PHYS    002A    General Physics    4.0    FS *

Prerequisites: High school physics or faculty permission. High school trigonometry and second-year high school algebra or equivalent (MATH 003 and MATH 004 at CSU, Chico).

PHYS    002B    General Physics    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: PHYS 002A.

Upper-Division:

BIOL    201    Intro to Biological Literature    1.0    FS

Prerequisites: ENGL 001 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; junior standing; BIOL 006B.

BIOL    207    Genetics    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: BIOL 006B.

BIOL    258    Fundamentals of Ecology    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: BIOL 006B. Some taxonomic background is recommended.

CHEM    170    Organic Chemistry    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: CHEM 070.

CHEM    170L    Organic Chem Laboratory    1.0    FS

Prerequisites: CHEM 170 may be taken as a prerequisite or concurrently with CHEM 170L.

Additional courses recommended to complete the pre-medical requirement include:

BIOL    205    Comparative Anatomy: Vertebrates    4.0    FA

Prerequisites: BIOL 006B, BIOL 010.

BIOL    214    Vertebrate Physiology    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: BIOL 006B, BIOL 010; CHEM 028 or CHEM 070.

BIOL    220    Embryology    4.0    SP

Prerequisites: BIOL 006B; BIOL 010 or faculty permission.

Plus additional 200-level courses selected according to interests.

While acceptance rates into medical schools vary from year to year, CSU, Chico has a high rate of acceptance.

Pre-Forestry and Pre-Physical Therapy

The requirements of schools offering programs in Forestry and Physical Therapy vary widely. Pre-Forestry and Pre-Physical Therapy students should consult the Department of Biological Sciences for the names of the faculty advisers in their program of interest.

Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Admission to a veterinary college is highly competitive. Academic performance and non-academic factors, such as appropriate work experience, are a major part of the selection criteria. Pre-veterinary medicine students should consult with the pre-veterinary adviser each semester. The following courses prepare the student to meet the minimum course requirements for admission to the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis.

Lower-Division

BIOL    006A    Biological Principles    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: Recommend CHEM 037 or concurrent enrollment.

BIOL    006B    Biological Principles    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: BIOL 006A; recommend CHEM 038 or concurrent enrollment.

OR     (the following course may be substituted for the above)

BIOL    010    General Zoology    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: BIOL 006B or faculty permission.

CHEM    037    General Chemistry    4.0    FS *

Prerequisites: Second-year high school algebra; one year high school chemistry or CHEM 016. (One year of high school physics and one year of high school mathematics past Algebra II are recommended.)

CHEM    038    General Chemistry    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: CHEM 037.

CHEM    070    Organic Chemistry    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: CHEM 038.

CMST    011    Speech Comm Fundamentals    3.0    FS *

OR     (the following course may be substituted for the above)

CMST    012    Small Group Communication    3.0    FS *

ENGL    001    Freshman Composition    3.0    FS *

Prerequisites: English Placement Test.

MATH    005    Statistics    3.0    FS *

Prerequisites: Completion of ELM requirement.

MATH 215 may be substituted for MATH 005.

PHYS    002A    General Physics    4.0    FS *

Prerequisites: High school physics or faculty permission. High school trigonometry and second-year high school algebra or equivalent (MATH 003 and MATH 004 at CSU, Chico).

Upper-Division

BIOL    207    Genetics    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: BIOL 006B.

BIOL    214    Vertebrate Physiology    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: BIOL 006B, BIOL 010; CHEM 028 or CHEM 070.

BIOL    220    Embryology    4.0    SP

Prerequisites: BIOL 006B; BIOL 010 or faculty permission.

CHEM    170    Organic Chemistry    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: CHEM 070.

CHEM    250A    Biochemistry    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: CHEM 170.

MATH    215    Biometrics    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: Completion of ELM requirement.

MATH 005 may be substituted for MATH 215. Elective courses in social sciences or humanities for a minimum of 8 units.