Health Sciences Pre-Professional B.S.
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- Program Type: Baccalaureate
- Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2015
- Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
- Required credits within the major: 53
- This program requires summer terms.
- Degree: Bachelor of Science
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
- explain and reconstruct the scientific method and can apply this mode of inquiry in a laboratory setting
- explain and apply basic principles of biology in work setting
- demonstrate teamwork skills
- apply, critique, and synthesize protocols from current literature
- demonstrate and critique effective communication skills orally and in writing
- formulate proper data collection and analysis methods
- interpret and practice professional and ethical behavior related to biological research
- identify, provide examples, differentiate, and integrate current biology techniques into their scientific investigations
- produce evidence of their ability to be admitted into health science professional programs
This program is available:
- via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
All students are required to complete general University and college requirements. For more information, see the graduation 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
- Composition II [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
- Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4.0 cr)
- Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4.0 cr)
- Chemical Principles I [PHYS SCI, PEOPLE/ENV] (3.0 cr)
- Chemical Principles I Laboratory [PHYS SCI, PEOPLE/ENV] (1.0 cr)
- Chemical Principles II Laboratory (1.0 cr)
- Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (2.0 cr)
- Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (2.0 cr)
- Writing in Your Profession (3.0 cr)
- Capstone: Problem Solving in Health Care Teams (1.0 cr)
- Health Care Law and Biomedical Ethics (4.0 cr)
- Introductory College Physics II [PHYS SCI] (4.0 cr)
- Lifespan Development [HI/BEH/SSC] (3.0 cr)
- Social Gerontology: Elders in American Society (3.0 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.
- Honors: General Biology [BIOL SCI, PEOPLE/ENV] (4.0 cr)
- Composition I [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
- Composition II [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
- Elementary Statistics [MATH THINK] (3.0 cr)
- Introduction to Philosophy [HUMANITIES, ETH/CIV RE] (3.0 cr)
- Introductory College Physics I [PHYS SCI] (4.0 cr)
- General Psychology [HI/BEH/SSC] (3.0 cr)
- Public Speaking [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
- World Literature [HUMANITIES, GLOB PERSP] (3.0 cr)
or HUM 3310
- Culture and Technology [HUMANITIES, GLOB PERSP] (3.0 cr)
- Introduction to Sociology [HI/BEH/SSC, HUMAN DIV] (3.0 cr)
or SOC 1102
- Cultural Anthropology [HI/BEH/SSC, GLOB PERSP] (3.0 cr)
Students must take 3 credits of any CA courses.
Students must take enough open electives credits to satisfy the 120 credit graduation requirement.