Pre-Health Professions

Pre-Health Professions Minor

Ready to Enter the Professional Healthcare Field

The minor in Pre-Health Professions is designed to help you prepare to apply to graduate health programs, such as medical school. It is a structured pathway to help you complete graduate program prerequisites courses, while gaining proficiency in pre-professional competencies that are essential to creating a competitive application. 

Any degree-seeking undergraduate student, regardless of their major, can declare this minor and complete it. The minor can easily be integrated into all majors that our pre-health students often choose.

To declare the minor, you must first meet with our Pre-Health Advisor and then update your curriculum through the Registrar's Office. We recommend that you begin your minor studies as early as possible in your academic career.

Requirements

The Pre-Health Professions minor requires a total of at least 18 credits, including 12 credits of required courses and 6 credits of electives. Students must also select at least 1 elective course (3 credits or more) in the Biomedical Science category and at least one elective course in the Ethics, Culture, and Communication category

Core Courses (12 credits)

BL 1590 - First Year Experience in Health Professions

Introduction to various careers in the health professions. Discusses required course work, entrance exams, and other requirements for entry to the various fields. Guest lecturers include representatives of many health areas.

  • Credits: 1.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (1-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore

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

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: (0-0-2)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Pre-Requisite(s): BL 2010(C)

BL 3020 - Biochemistry I

Structure, biochemical properties, and function of important biomolecules such as proteins and nucleic acids. Introduces enzyme biochemistry (structure, function, catalysis, kinetics, and inhibition).

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Summer
  • Pre-Requisite(s): (BL 1020 or BL 1040 or BE 2400) or (BL 1200 and BL 1210) or (BL 1400 and BL 1410) and (CH 2410 or CH 2420)

BL 3006 - Graduate Health Program Application Preparation

Course will assist students with the application process for graduate health professional programs (medical, dental, PA, etc.). Topics covered will include writing about experiences, developing a personal statement, asking for letters of recommendation, and conducting interviews.

  • Credits: 1.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (1-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: Permission of instructor required

Choose one of the following:

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

SS 2700 - Introduction to Sociology

Introduces students to the way that sociologists think about different components of society. Topics include the family, religion, markets, organizations, political systems, and educational systems. Also covers the source of individual values, beliefs, and attitudes.

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

Biomedical Science Elective (3 credits)

Choose at least 3 credits from these courses.

BL 3012 - Essential Cell Biology

This course will provide an understanding of cell structure and function with emphasis on eukaryotic cells. Topics include macromolecules, membranes, organelles, cytoskeleton, division, differentiation, cell-cell interactions, intracellular trafficking, protein sorting, cell signaling, and motility.

  • 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 1020 or BL 1040 or (BL 1200 and BL 1210) or (BL 1400 and BL 1410)

BL 3044 - Advanced Human Physiology

A course for students interested in health careers or human biology. This course will cover advanced topics in the human circulatory, digestive, endocrine, integumentary, lymphatic, muscular, nervous, renal, reproductive, respiratory, and skeletal systems.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman
  • Pre-Requisite(s): BL 2020

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 interaction. Not open to students with credit in BL3310.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-3)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore
  • Pre-Requisite(s): BL 1020 or BL 1040 or (BL 1200 and BL 1210) or (BL 1400 and BL 1410)

BL 3640 - General Immunology

Investigates the immune defense system that has evolved to protect vertebrates from invading pathogens and cancer. Covers general principals of innate and acquired immunity, immunodeficiency and autoimmune diseases, as well as transplantation immunology, and the role of apoptosis in lymphocyte maturation.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Summer
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Major(s): Bioinformatics, Medical Laboratory Science, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Biochem & Molec Biology-Bio Sc, Biomedical Engineering, Biological Sciences; May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore
  • Pre-Requisite(s): BL 1020 or BL 1040 or BL 2020 or BE 2400 or (BL 1200 and BL 1210) or (BL 1400 and BL 1410)

BL 4020 - Biochemistry II

Dynamic aspects of living systems. Broad exposure to cellular metabolic pathways, intermediary metabolism and its regulation and bioenergetics.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring, Summer
  • Pre-Requisite(s): BL 3020

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 - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2020-2021 academic year
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman
  • Pre-Requisite(s): BL 2010 and BL 2020

BL 4380 - Cardiopulmonary Physiology

Using a problem-based learning approach, course examines the physiology of the human body. In-class case-study analyses provide in-depth learning about the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems and their relationship with other organ systems. Promotes development of problem-solving skills.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Pre-Requisite(s): BL 2020

KIP 3600 - Motor Development

Designed for upper level undergraduates or graduates, this course will focus on the changes in motor behavior across a life span, and examine the study and practice of fundamental patterns within the context of development theory.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): KIP 1500 and BL 2020

KIP 4100 - Exercise Physiology

Focuses on the functional changes brought by acute and chronic exercise sessions. Topics include muscle structure and function, bioenergetics, cardiovascular and respiratory adaptations, exercise training for sport, sport nutrition, ergogenic aids, and other health and fitness topics.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Co-Requisite(s): KIP 4110
  • Pre-Requisite(s): BL 2020 and BL 2021

KIP 4110 - Exercise Physiology Laboratory

Hands-on experience in making physiological measurements as related to exercise. Cardiovascular and respiratory changes during exercise will be monitored. A virtual lab is used to simulate changes in physiological measurements that cannot be performed on live subjects. A student designed laboratory project is required.

  • Credits: 1.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-3)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Co-Requisite(s): KIP 4100

KIP 4200 - Biomechanics of Human Movement

An in-depth view of the biomechanical properties of the musculoskeletal system. The course provides detailed analyses of the kinetics of human movement, material properties of the component tissues, and dynamic processes of adaptation to stress and strain of the system.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Co-Requisite(s): KIP 4210
  • Pre-Requisite(s): BL 2020 and KIP 1500 and PH 1110 and PH 1111

KIP 4210 - Biomechanics of Human Movement Laboratory

Hands-on experience, including data collection, analysis, and interpretation using various equipment in biomechanics. equipment in biomechanics.

  • Credits: 1.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-3)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Co-Requisite(s): KIP 4200
  • Pre-Requisite(s): BL 2020 and KIP 1500 and PH 1110 and PH 1111

CH 3540 - Biophysical Chemistry

Examines fundamental physical principles underlying complex biological systems in order to understand the interactions and behaviors found in biological, biochemical, and physical systems. Topics include macromolecules in aqueous environments, spectroscopy and structure determination, kinetics, membranes, and transport phenomena.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): BL 1020 or BL 1040 or (BL 1200 and BL 1210) or (BL 1400 and BL 1410) and CH 1122 or (CH 1160 and CH 1161) and MA 2160 and PH 2200

CH 4110 - Pharmaceutical Chemistry: Mechanism of Drug Action

Focuses on structural and mechanistic approaches to pharmaceuticals and drug action. General principles of absorption, distribution, action, metabolism and toxicity of drugs will be presented followed by action of drug classes such as antibiotics, cardiovascular, and anti-inflammatory drugs.

  • 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): CH 2410 or CH 2430

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
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CH 2420 or CH 2440

BE 4200 - Cellular and Molecular Biology II

Covers, at an advanced level, the general principles and engineering applications of science and biology, including cell biology, physiology, molecular biology, genetics, and biotechnology.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Junior, Senior
  • Pre-Requisite(s): BE 2400

BE 4230 - Stem Cell and Tissue Engineering

This course will introduce basic concepts of tissue engineering; scaffold materials and biotechnologies for tissue engineering; basic concept of stem cells; review of stem cell sources and related policies; current progress in stem cell research, and application of stem cells in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Junior, Senior
  • Pre-Requisite(s): BE 2400 and BE 3350 and BE 3800

BE 4330 - Biomimetic Materials

This course introduces students to biologically inspired approaches to design functional biomaterials. Topics include the discovery and incorporation of biological designs into novel materials and their application in the biomedical field.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2014-2015 academic year
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate
  • Pre-Requisite(s): BE 3350 and BE 3800

BE 4510 - Cardiovascular Engineering

Fundamental cardiovascular pathology and the biomedical engineering approaches being developed and used toward problems resulting in significant cardiovascular deficiency such as myocardial infarction, chronic kidney disease, atherosclerosis, and heart valve disease.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Junior, Senior
  • Pre-Requisite(s): BL 2020 and BE 2400

Ethics, Culture, and Communication Elective (3 credits)

Choose at least 3 credits from these courses.

BL 3970 - Current Health Issues

Introduction to health issues, such as: infectious diseases, obesity, mental health, healthcare disparities, health insurance, drug addiction, and vaccines. Students will analyze health issues from a diverse cultural, ethical, social, and global perspective.

  • 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
  • Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

HU 3015 - Advanced Composition

Advanced instruction in composing substantive arguments based on primary and secondary research. Multidisciplinary inquiry-based projects ask students to write for both academic and lay audiences in print and digital forms. Specific research methods, writing technologies, and topics vary by section.

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

HU 3261 - Topics in Communicating Across Cultures

Examines communication practices and styles across selected cultures and multicultural groups, drawing on an interdisciplinary range of research fields. May address social issues, language and cultural differences, gender, race, ethnicity, class, disabilities, age, religion, family and national identity.

  • Credits: 3.0; Repeatable to a Max of 6
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: On Demand
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman
  • Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

HU 3400 - Topics in Diversity Studies

This course provides students with a better understanding of underrepresented populations within the United States by examining the culture and experience of African American; American Indian; Asian American; Latina/Latino American; Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transsexual; or Post-Colonial peoples.

  • Credits: 3.0; Repeatable to a Max of 9
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

HU 3410 - Introduction to Diversity Studies in the United States

This course provides students with a better understanding of underrepresented populations within the United States by examining the social, cultural, and personal consequences of gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, (dis)ability, and other significant identities.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2015-2016 academic year
  • Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

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: On Demand
  • Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

HU 3850 - Cultural Studies

Examines the way that culture communicates values, feelings, beliefs; structures differential relations of power and possibility; creates difference and hierarchy. Considers the struggles over meaning that open up possibilities for diversity and change.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2015-2016 academic year
  • Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

HU 4710 - Sports Medicine and Ethics

Examines ethical issues in sports medicine. Topics include the ethical responsibilities and conflicts of interest for team physicians, research on athletes, sport-related concussions, and doping. Philosophical ethical foundations, and professional ethical codes for sports medicine will be studied.

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

PSY 3070 - Cross-Cultural Psychology

Introduces the student to cross cultural psychology and sociocultural theory as it is applied to psychology. Examines research on cultural specific and universal behaviors. Emphasizes the benefits and challenges of diversity in organizations and diversity skills that promote interpersonal and organizational success.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year
  • Pre-Requisite(s): PSY 2000 and UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of a minor in Pre-Health Professions, you will be able to:

  1. Identify health profession career options and understand the educational and experiential requirements for these desired careers.
  2. Apply knowledge and skills in natural sciences to solve problems related to living systems at the molecular, cellular and organ level.
  3. Apply knowledge and skills in social sciences to solve problems related to psychological and socio-cultural factors that influence health and well-being.
  4. Demonstrate ability to communicate effectively and work collaboratively with diverse groups.