Biology and Health Sciences

Undergraduate Programs

Other Pre-Health Professional

Pre-Optometry, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Occupational Therapy, Pre-Physician Assistant, Pre- Clinical Lab Sciences Generic Curriculum:
Students interested in the careers listed above must complete the General Education Requirements in addition to the following courses. However, there are variations in those requirements for each institution offering the respective graduate degrees. The listing below itemizes only the common courses required of all four careers listed in this section. Additional courses and nonacademic activities are just as critical in order to be successful. Therefore, frequent consultation with the Pre- Health Professions Adviser is very important. The Optometry Admissions Test (OAT) is required for optometry school. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for physical therapy, occupational therapy and physician assistant schools

  • Biology
    • BIOL 1306/1106, BIOL 1307/1107, BIOL 2401, BIOL 2402, BIOL 2421
    • *BIOL 2421 is not required for Physical or Occupational Therapy
  • Chemistry
    • CHEM 1311/1111, CHEM 1312/1112, CHEM 3323/3123
    • *CHEM 3325/3125 and CHEM 4341 are also required for Optometry
  • Physics (not required for Physician Assistants)
    • PHYS 1301/1101 or PHYS 2325/2125, PHYS 1302/1102 or PHYS 2326/2126
  • Additional Mathematics (only required for Optometry) 
    • MATH 2413 (may require completion of MATH 1314, MATH 1316 MATH 1348 if student has not earned CLEP or AP credit)
  • Statistics 
    • STAT 1342
  • Additional English**(only required for Physical Therapy)
    • ENGL 2314
  • Psychology*
    • PSYC 2301, PSYC 4315 (TOPIC: Developmental Psychology), one additional advanced PSYC
  • Sociology*
    • SOCI 1301 3
*Hours and specific courses vary depending on the specific program
**A Medical Terminology course may also be required for some graduate schools (usually available as an Internet course from various institutions).