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

BIOL151Biological Principles4.0FS
Prerequisites: Recommend CHEM 111 or concurrent enrollment.
BIOL152Biological Principles4.0FS
Prerequisites: BIOL 151; recommend CHEM 112 or concurrent enrollment.
BIOL210General Zoology3.0FS
Prerequisites: BIOL 152 or faculty permission.
CHEM111General Chemistry4.0FS *
Prerequisites: Second-year high school algebra; one year high school chemistry. (One year of high school physics and one year of high school mathematics past Algebra II are recommended.)
CHEM112General Chemistry4.0FS
Prerequisites: CHEM 111.
CHEM270Organic Chemistry4.0FS
Prerequisites: CHEM 112.
PHYS202AGeneral Physics4.0FS *
Prerequisites: High school physics or faculty permission. High school trigonometry and second-year high school algebra or equivalent (MATH 051 and MATH 118 at CSU, Chico).
PHYS202BGeneral Physics4.0FS
Prerequisites: PHYS 202A.

Recommended courses:

MATH120Analytic Geometry and Calculus4.0FS *
Prerequisites: Completion of ELM requirement; both MATH 118 and MATH 119 (or high school equivalent); a score that meets department guidelines on a department administered calculus readiness exam.
PSYC101Principles of Psych3.0FS *

Upper-Division

BIOL360Genetics4.0FS
Prerequisites: BIOL 152.
BIOL416Vertebrate Physiology4.0FS
Prerequisites: BIOL 152; CHEM 108 or CHEM 270. Strongly recommended: BIOL 210.
BIOL430Comparative Anat: Vertebrates4.0FA
Prerequisites: BIOL 152, BIOL 210.

Recommended Courses:

BIOL410Cell and Molecular Biology4.0FA
Prerequisites: BIOL 152.
CHEM451Biochemistry3.0FS
Prerequisites: CHEM 370.

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 in biological sciences, with emphasis on fulfilling pre-medical requirements.

Lower-Division:

BIOL151Biological Principles4.0FS
Prerequisites: Recommend CHEM 111 or concurrent enrollment.
BIOL152Biological Principles4.0FS
Prerequisites: BIOL 151; recommend CHEM 112 or concurrent enrollment.
BIOL210General Zoology3.0FS
Prerequisites: BIOL 152 or faculty permission.
CHEM111General Chemistry4.0FS *
Prerequisites: Second-year high school algebra; one year high school chemistry. (One year of high school physics and one year of high school mathematics past Algebra II are recommended.)
CHEM112General Chemistry4.0FS
Prerequisites: CHEM 111.
CHEM270Organic Chemistry4.0FS
Prerequisites: CHEM 112.
MATH120Analytic Geometry and Calculus4.0FS *
Prerequisites: Completion of ELM requirement; both MATH 118 and MATH 119 (or high school equivalent); a score that meets department guidelines on a department administered calculus readiness exam.
PHYS202AGeneral Physics4.0FS *
Prerequisites: High school physics or faculty permission. High school trigonometry and second-year high school algebra or equivalent (MATH 051 and MATH 118 at CSU, Chico).
PHYS202BGeneral Physics4.0FS
Prerequisites: PHYS 202A.

Upper-Division:

BIOL351Intro to Biological Literature1.0FS WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; junior standing; BIOL 152.
BIOL360Genetics4.0FS
Prerequisites: BIOL 152.
BIOL400Fundamentals of Ecology4.0FS
Prerequisites: BIOL 152 or faculty permission. Some taxonomic background is recommended.
CHEM370Organic Chemistry3.0FS
Prerequisites: CHEM 270.
CHEM370LOrganic Chem Laboratory1.0FS
Prerequisites: CHEM 370 may be taken as a prerequisite or concurrently with CHEM 370L.

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

BIOL416Vertebrate Physiology4.0FS
Prerequisites: BIOL 152; CHEM 108 or CHEM 270. Strongly recommended: BIOL 210.
BIOL426Embryology4.0SP
Prerequisites: BIOL 152; BIOL 210 or faculty permission.
BIOL430Comparative Anat: Vertebrates4.0FA
Prerequisites: BIOL 152, BIOL 210.

Plus additional 400-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

BIOL151Biological Principles4.0FS
Prerequisites: Recommend CHEM 111 or concurrent enrollment.
BIOL152Biological Principles4.0FS
Prerequisites: BIOL 151; recommend CHEM 112 or concurrent enrollment. OR (the following course may be substituted for the above)
BIOL210General Zoology3.0FS
Prerequisites: BIOL 152 or faculty permission.
CHEM111General Chemistry4.0FS *
Prerequisites: Second-year high school algebra; one year high school chemistry. (One year of high school physics and one year of high school mathematics past Algebra II are recommended.)
CHEM112General Chemistry4.0FS
Prerequisites: CHEM 111.
CHEM270Organic Chemistry4.0FS
Prerequisites: CHEM 112.
CMST131Speech Comm Fundamentals3.0FS *
OR (the following course may be substituted for the above)
CMST132Small Group Communication3.0FS *
ENGL130Academic Writing3.0FS *
Prerequisites: English Placement Test.
MATH105Statistics3.0FS *
Prerequisites: Completion of ELM requirement.

MATH 315 may be substituted for MATH 105.

PHYS202AGeneral Physics4.0FS *
Prerequisites: High school physics or faculty permission. High school trigonometry and second-year high school algebra or equivalent (MATH 051 and MATH 118 at CSU, Chico).

Upper-Division

BIOL360Genetics4.0FS
Prerequisites: BIOL 152.
BIOL416Vertebrate Physiology4.0FS
Prerequisites: BIOL 152; CHEM 108 or CHEM 270. Strongly recommended: BIOL 210.
BIOL426Embryology4.0SP
Prerequisites: BIOL 152; BIOL 210 or faculty permission.
CHEM370Organic Chemistry3.0FS
Prerequisites: CHEM 270.
CHEM451Biochemistry3.0FS
Prerequisites: CHEM 370.
MATH315Biometrics3.0FA
Prerequisites: Completion of ELM requirement.

MATH 105 may be substituted for MATH 315. Elective courses in social sciences or humanities for a minimum of 8 units.