Pre-Health Professions

Courses

Here is a guide of recommended courses to take in preparation for a physician assistant program. This is not an exhaustive list. While these are commonly required courses, you are responsible to check with the schools you wish to apply for specific requirements.

Recommended Courses

Biology—1 year

Both BL 1010 and BL 1020 are required or you may choose BL 1040 and an additional Biology course with lab.

BL 1010 - General Biology I

A discussion of the principles of ecology and organismal biology, using the theme of physiological ecology and adaptations. This course will emphasize biodiversity, scientific method, experimental design and written and oral presentation of results.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-3)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall

BL 1020 - General Biology II

Discussion of the major principles by which life is organized. Topics include scientific methods, biological chemistry, cell structure and organization, multicellular organization, diversity of organisms, energetics and photosynthesis, cellular reproduction genetics, gene structure and expression, and recombinant DNA.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-3)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring, Summer
  • Pre-Requisite(s): BL 1010

BL 1040 - Principles of Biology

Basic principles through which biological systems operate. Topics include cell biology, structure, and function, energy production, genetics, physiology, diversity, evolution, and ecology.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-2)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Summer
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Major(s): Medical Laboratory Science, Biological Sciences

Chemistry with Lab — 1 year

Both courses and labs are required.

CH 1150 - University Chemistry I

Introduces the foundations of chemistry, including electronic structure of atoms and molecules, intermolecular forces, states of matter, chemical reactions, organic chemistry, chemical equilibria, kinetics, and acid-base chemistry. Includes laboratory component that emphasizes lecture components.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Co-Requisite(s): CH 1151
  • Pre-Requisite(s): MA 1031(C) or MA 1032(C) or MA 1160(C) or MA 1161(C) or MA 1135(C) or ALEKS Math Placement >= 56 or CEEB Calculus AB >= 2 or CEEB Calculus BC >= 2 or CEEB Calculus AB Subscore >= 2

CH 1151 - University Chemistry Lab I

Laboratory to accompany CH1150.

  • Credits: 1.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-3)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Co-Requisite(s): CH 1150
  • Pre-Requisite(s): MA 1031(C) or MA 1032(C) or MA 1160(C) or MA 1161(C) or MA 1135(C) or ALEKS Math Placement >= 56 or CEEB Calculus AB >= 2 or CEEB Calculus BC >= 2 or CEEB Calculus AB Subscore >= 2

CH 1160 - University Chemistry II

A continuation of CH 1150. Introduces more complex concepts in chemistry, including kinetics, chemical equilibria, acid-base equilibria, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, and chemical analysis. Additional topics may include chemistry of the metals and non-metals, biochemical systems, and nuclear chemistry. Includes laboratory component that emphasizes lecture concepts.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Co-Requisite(s): CH 1161
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CH 1112 or (CH 1150 and CH 1151)

CH 1161 - University Chemistry Laboratory II

Laboratory to accompany CH1160.

  • Credits: 1.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-3)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Co-Requisite(s): CH 1160
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CH 1112 or (CH 1150 and CH 1151)

Organic Chemistry with Lab — 1 year

Both courses and labs are required.

CH 2410 - Organic Chemistry I

A study of the chemistry of carbon compounds. Review of hybrid orbitals, covalent bonding, and resonance. Introduction to nomenclature, stereochemistry, mass spectrometry and infrared spectroscopy, functional group chemistry based on reaction mechanisms, and multi-step synthesis.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Summer
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CH 1122 or (CH 1160 and CH 1161)

CH 2411 - Organic Chemistry Lab I

Laboratory to accompany CH2410.

  • Credits: 1.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-3)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Summer
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CH 2410(C) and CH 1122 or (CH 1160 and CH 1161)

CH 2420 - Organic Chemistry II

Covers more functional group chemistry based on reaction mechanisms; more involved multi-step synthesis; introduction to nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy; introduction to carbohydrates, amino acids, proteins, nucleic acids; and topics of specialized interest.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring, Summer
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CH 2410

CH 2421 - Organic Chemistry Lab II

Laboratory to accompany CH2420.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-4)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring, Summer
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CH 2411 and CH 2420(C)

Psychology — 1 year

Both courses are required.

PSY 2000 - Introduction to Psychology

Introduction to the scientific study of psychological structures and processes involved in individual and group behavior. Explores theoretical accounts of the foundations of human behavior and examines empirical support. Topics may include personality, disorders, therapy, development, and social psychology, perception, learning, cognition, emotion, and states of consciousness.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

PSY 2300 - Developmental Psychology

A survey of human development across the life span (prenatal, infant, child, adolescent, and adult) in the areas of biological, cognitive, social, emotional, and personality development. Provides insight into both the universality of human development and the uniqueness of individuals.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring, Summer
  • Pre-Requisite(s): PSY 2000

Anatomy and Physiology I and II with Lab — 1 year

Both courses and labs are required.

BL 2010 - Anatomy & Physiology l

Comprehensive introductory course in vertebrate anatomy and physiology with emphasis on the human body. Interrelates structure with function in regard to maintaining homeostasis and normal functioning of the body. Covers the integument, skeletal system, muscles, the nervous system, and special senses.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Summer
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CH 1000 or (CH 1150 and CH 1151)

BL 2011 - Anatomy & Physiology I Lab

The laboratory to accompany BL2010. Examines embryology, muscle and skeletal anatomy, and neuroanatomy. Explores the physiology of the nervous system, including vision and reflexes and muscle physiology. A student-designed lab project is used to teach experimental design.

  • Credits: 1.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-3)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Summer
  • Pre-Requisite(s): BL 2010(C)

BL 2020 - Anatomy & Physiology II

Continuation of BL2010. Covers the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, renal, and reproductive systems.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): BL 2010

BL 2021 - Anatomy & Physiology II Lab

The laboratory to accompany BL2020. Examines the structure and function of the digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular, and renal systems. A student-designed lab project is used to teach experimental design.

  • Credits: 1.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-3)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): BL 2011 and BL 2020(C)

Biochemistry — 1 semester

You can choose either course to fulfill requirement.

BL 2100 - Principles of Biochemistry

Introductory overview to biochemistry. Topics include the biochemistry of amino acids, proteins, coenzymes, carbohydrates, nucleotides, nucleic acids, lipids, and water, as well as bioenergetics and photosynthesis.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Pre-Requisite(s): (BL 1020 or BL 1040 or BE 2400) and CH 1112 or (CH 1150 and CH 1151)

CH 4710 - Biomolecular Chemistry I

Examines chemical concepts underlying biomolecules and bioprocesses and interconnections between biology and chemistry. Bioorganic mechanisms and biophysical concepts in biochemistry are emphasized. Topics include biomolecules including proteins and nucleic acids and bioprocesses including catalysis and gene action.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Summer
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CH 2420

PH 1200 - Physics by Inquiry II

Experiments covering Coulomb's law, electric and magnetic fields, circuits, induction, and geometric optics are explored through guided construction. The course emphasizes understanding physical concepts through inquiry and the scientific method.

  • Credits: 1.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-2)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Pre-Requisite(s): PH 1100 or PH 1111 or PH 1141 or PH 1161

PH 1210 - College Physics II

An overview of basic principles of static and dynamic electricity and magnetism, electromagnetic waves, reflection and refraction of light, interference and diffraction of light, special theory of relativity, wave theory of matter, particle theory of electromagnetic waves, theory of the atom, the nucleus, and elementary particles.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following College(s): School of Technology, College of Engineering; May not be enrolled in one of the following Major(s): Physics, Applied Physics
  • Pre-Requisite(s): PH 1200(C) and (PH 1110 or PH 1100)

Medical Terminology — 1 semester

BL 1710 - Medical Terminology

Autotutorial course covers the fundamentals of medical terminology, including recognition and use of common prefixes, roots, and suffixes, as well as single-syllable words. Exercises also include spelling and pronunciation.

  • Credits: 1.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-1-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall

Microbiology — 1 semester

BL 3210 - General Microbiology

Introduction to the general principles and techniques involved in the study of microorganisms, including bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Topics include cell structure and function, growth, metabolism, biodiversity, and interactions.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-3)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Summer
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore
  • Pre-Requisite(s): (BL 1020 or BL 1040) and (BL 2100 or CH 4710)

Statistics — 1 semester

You can choose either course to fulfill requirement.

MA 2720 - Statistical Methods

Introduction to the design and analysis of statistical studies. Topics include methods of data collection, descriptive and graphical methods, probability, statistical inference on means, regression and correlation, and single variable ANOVA. Not open to students with credit in MA2710, MA3710, or MA3715.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-4-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Major(s): Mathematics
  • Pre-Requisite(s): MA 1020 or MA 1030 or ALEKS Math Placement >= 50 or CEEB Calculus BC >= 2 or CEEB Calculus AB Subscore >= 2

MA 3715 - Biostatistics

Introduction to the design and analysis of statistical studies in the health and life sciences. Topics include study design, descriptive and graphical methods, probability, inference on means, categorical data analysis, and linear regression. Not open to students with credit in MA2710, MA2720, or MA3710.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): MA 1135 or MA 1160 or MA 1161

Other Recommended Courses 

Abnormal Psychology

PSY 3030 - Abnormal Psychology

Helps the student build an understanding of abnormal behavior through critical examination of historical and contemporary models used in this field. The student learns the causes and treatment proposed by Cognitive-Behavioral, Psychodynamic and Socialcultural Models with particular emphasis placed on the Diagnostic and Statistical manual used by clinicians for diagnoses.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Pre-Requisite(s): PSY 2000 and UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

Mathematics

You may take MA 1135 or MA 1160 and MA 1161

MA 1135 - Calculus for Life Sciences

Topics include analytic geometry, limits, continuity of functions, transcendental functions, derivatives, integrals, and applications of the derivative in the fields of economics, biological sciences, and socials sciences. Extensive use of graphing calculator. (See mathematical sciences department for recommended calculator). Credit applicable only to those curricula specifying this course.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-4-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following College(s): College of Engineering
  • Pre-Requisite(s): MA 1032 or MA 1031 or ALEKS Math Placement >= 70 or CEEB Calculus AB >= 2 or CEEB Calculus BC >= 2 or CEEB Calculus AB Subscore >= 2

MA 1160 - Calculus with Technology I

An introduction to single-variable calculus, which includes a computer laboratory. Topics include trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions, differentiation and its uses, and basic integration. Integrates symbolic tools, graphical concepts, data and numerical calculations.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-1)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Pre-Requisite(s): MA 1032 or MA 1031 or ALEKS Math Placement >= 80 or CEEB Calculus AB >= 3 or CEEB Calculus BC >= 3 or CEEB Calculus AB Subscore >= 3

MA 1161 - Calculus Plus w/ Technology I

An introduction to single-variable calculus, which includes a computer laboratory. Topics include trigonometric, exponential, logarithmic functions, differentiation and its uses, and basic integration. Integrates symbolic tools, data and numerics, and graphical concepts and is similar to MA1160, going at a different pace.

  • Credits: 5.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-4-1)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Pre-Requisite(s): MA 1032 or MA 1031 or ALEKS Math Placement >= 70 or CEEB Calculus AB >= 2 or CEEB Calculus BC >= 2 or CEEB Calculus AB Subscore >= 2

Genetics

BL 2200 - Genetics

A study of classical and molecular genetics. Topics include one- and two-locus genetics, recombination, gene structure, regulation and function, quantitative and population genetics, and genetic engineering. Covers both prokaryotes and eukaryotes.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring, Summer
  • Pre-Requisite(s): (BL 1020 or BL 1040 or BE 2400) and (BL 2100 or CH 4710)

BL 2210 - Genetics Laboratory

A laboratory to complement BL2200. Covers applications of techniques used in genetics, including Mendelian analysis, tetrad analysis, karyotyping, DNA and protein electrophoresis, DNA and plasmid purification, transformation and restriction mapping, and PCR amplification of DNA.

  • Credits: 1.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-3)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): BL 2200(C)

Medical Ethics

HU 3711 - Biomedical Ethics

A study of several important ethical and philosophical issues that arise in medical practice and in biomedical science. Issues may include euthanasia, abortion, the physician-patient relationship, experimentation involving human subjects, and allocation of scarce biomedical resources. General ethical theories and concepts are used to shed light on those issues.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

Human Nutrition

BL 2940 - Human Nutrition

Covers basic and applied chemistry and biology of human nutrition. Includes practical information on planning and adopting a healthy diet as well as maintaining acceptable weight. Emphasizes social, global, and environmental issues pertinent to use of the world food supply.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring, Summer
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman

Pathphysiology

BL 4044 - Human Pathophysiology

Course will cover abnormal function (physiology) and investigate the signs and symptoms of major diseases in humans. Extension of Anatomy & Physiology by working through the systems of the human body. Course will include a clinical focus and case-study approach.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman
  • Pre-Requisite(s): BL 2010 and BL 2020