Health Sciences Pre-Professional B.S. 

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The B.S. in health sciences provides students with the prerequisite knowledge and skills required for admission to professional programs in chiropractic, dentistry, medicine, optometry, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, and veterinary medicine. UMC also provides a two-year pre-nursing course of study. Admission is competitive and specific admission requirements, including courses and experiences, vary by professional program and institution. Completion of the B.S. does not guarantee admission to professional programs at the University of Minnesota or other universities. The course requirements shown are common to similar programs at other institution; however, students are advised to check with their specific professional program to be sure all prerequisite courses are met. Most professional programs have additional admission requirements, and students are advised to contact the program(s) to which they plan to apply to identify all admission requirements.

Program outcomes: graduates will

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Admission Requirements

For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.

General Requirements

All students are required to complete general University and college requirements. For more information, see the graduation requirements.

Program Requirements

Students must complete 40 upper division credits. Students work with their adviser to develop an individualized program of study that meets their health science educational goals (pre-chiropractic, pre-dentistry, pre-medicine, pre-occupational therapy, pre-pharmacy, pre-physical therapy).

Program Requirements - 71 credits
COMP 1013 - Composition II [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
BIOL 2012 - General Zoology (4.0 cr)
BIOL 2032 - General Microbiology (4.0 cr)
BIOL 2103 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4.0 cr)
BIOL 2104 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4.0 cr)
BIOL 3022 - Principles of Genetics (3.0 cr)
BIOL 3027 - Cell Biology (3.0 cr)
CHEM 1061 - Chemical Principles I [PHYS SCI, PEOPLE/ENV] (3.0 cr)
CHEM 1062 - Chemical Principles II (3.0 cr)
CHEM 1065 - Chemical Principles I Laboratory [PHYS SCI, PEOPLE/ENV] (1.0 cr)
CHEM 1066 - Chemical Principles II Laboratory (1.0 cr)
CHEM 2301 - Organic Chemistry I (3.0 cr)
CHEM 2302 - Organic Chemistry II (3.0 cr)
CHEM 2310 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (2.0 cr)
CHEM 2311 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (2.0 cr)
CHEM 3021 - Biochemistry (3.0 cr)
COMM 3303 - Writing in Your Profession (3.0 cr)
HSCI 3899 - Pre-Internship Seminar (0.5 cr)
HSCI 3900 - Internship (1.0-2.0 cr)
HSCI 3901 - Post-Internship Seminar (0.5 cr)
HSCI 4301 - Capstone: Problem Solving in Health Care Teams (1.0 cr)
HSM 4210 - Health Care Law and Biomedical Ethics (4.0 cr)
PHYS 1102 - Introductory College Physics II [PHYS SCI] (4.0 cr)
PSY 1093 - Lifespan Development [HI/BEH/SSC] (3.0 cr)
PSY 3604 - Abnormal Psychology (3.0 cr)
SOC 3937 - Social Gerontology: Elders in American Society (3.0 cr)
BIOL 3140 - Histology (4.0 cr)
or BIOL 4361 - Developmental Biology (4.0 cr)
Liberal Education Requirements
A minimum of 40 liberal education credits are required. Students must complete the 10 goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum with the following specific liberal education courses required.
BIOL 1009H - Honors: General Biology [BIOL SCI, PEOPLE/ENV] (4.0 cr)
COMP 1011 - Composition I [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
COMP 1013 - Composition II [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
MATH 1150 - Elementary Statistics [MATH THINK] (3.0 cr)
MATH 1271 - Calculus I [MATH THINK] (4.0 cr)
PHIL 1001 - Introduction to Philosophy [HUMANITIES, ETH/CIV RE] (3.0 cr)
PHYS 1101 - Introductory College Physics I [PHYS SCI] (4.0 cr)
PSY 1001 - General Psychology [HI/BEH/SSC] (3.0 cr)
SPCH 1101 - Public Speaking [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
ENGL 3001 - World Literature [HUMANITIES, GLOB PERSP] (3.0 cr)
or HUM 3310 - Culture and Technology [HUMANITIES, GLOB PERSP] (3.0 cr)
SOC 1001 - Introduction to Sociology [HI/BEH/SSC, HUMAN DIV] (3.0 cr)
or SOC 1102 - Cultural Anthropology [HI/BEH/SSC, GLOB PERSP] (3.0 cr)


Technology Requirements
Students must take 3 credits of any CA courses.
CA 1xxx
Open Electives
Students must take enough open electives credits to satisfy the 120 credit graduation requirement.