Biology and Pre-professional Health Majors

Core courses required for Biology Major and majors in Pre-med, Pre-physician Assistant, Pre-chiropractic, Pre-dental, Pre-veterinarian:

  • Principles of Biology I with lab (4)
  • Principles of Biology II with lab (4)
  • Principles of Chemistry I with lab (4)
  • Principles of Chemistry II with lab (4)
  • Genetics with lab (4)
  • Ecology & Diversity with lab (4)
  • Physics I with lab (4)
  • Physics II with lab (4)
  • Biology Seminar (8 semesters) (0)
  • Senior Capstone in Biology (3)

Biology Major

Faculty Advisors:  Mr. Warren Pryor, Dr. Lou Weber

The generalized Biology Major provides students with the flexibility to prepare for a variety of career outcomes.

Beyond the required core courses within biology the following are required:

  • 17 credit hours minimum within biology selected from among:
    • BIOL 208 (Animal Nutrition) (3)
    • BIOL 226 (Microbiology) (4)
    • BIOL 227 (Marine Biology) (3)
    • BIOL 257 (Biology Field Studies) (2-3)
    • BIOL 349 (Vertebrate Physiology) or BIOL 271 (Mammalian A&P I) (4)
    • BIOL 290 (Comparative Anatomy) or BIOL 273 (Mammalian A&P II) (4)
    • BIOL 344 (Developmental Biology) (3)
    • BIOL 347 (Invertebrate Biology) (4)
    • BIOL 348 (Behavioral Ecology) (3)
    • BIOL 350 (Cell Biology) (3)
    • BIOL 351 (Cell Biology Lab) (1)
    • BIOL 353 (Forest & Grassland Ecology) (3)
    • BIOL 366 (Experimental Design and Research Methods) (3)
    • BIOL 421 (Ecology) (4)
    • BIOL 438 (Evolution) (3)
    • BIOL 439 (Intro. Ornithology) (3)
    • BIOL 440 (Molecular Biology) (3)
    • BIOL 448 (Taxonomy of Flowering Plants) (3)
    • BIOL 465 (Advanced Physiology/Pathology) (3)
    • BIOL 471 (Immunology) (3)
    • BIOL 474 (Virology) (3)
    • BIOL 481 (Biology Seminar for credit) (1)
    • BIOL 496 or 497 or 498 or 499 (Special Problems) (variable)
  • 12 credit hours minimum from within other sciences:
    • ENVS 232 (Intro. Environmental Science) (3)
    • ENVS 332 (Intro. Environmental Regulations) (3)
    • CHEM 343 (Environmental Chemistry) (3)
    • ENVS 385 (Surface & Subsurface Processes) (4)
    • ENVS 432 (Advanced Environmental Science) (3)
    • SCIE 276 (Geology) (3)
    • CHEM 241 (Organic I) (4)
    • CHEM 242 (Organic II) (4)
    • CHEM 333 (Biochemistry) (3)
    • CHEM 367 (Biotechnology Lab) (1)
    • any other CHEM 200-level or above

PRE-CHIROPRACTIC MEDICINE MAJOR

Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Matt Hopf

We offer two programs, a B.S. in Pre-Chiropractic and a B.S. in Pre-Chiropractic dual acceptance program.  For the latter, 37 credit hours are taken at Logan University, transferred back to USF.

B.S. in Pre-Chiropractic

Beyond the required core courses within biology the following are required:

  • BIOL 226 (Microbiology)
  • BIOL 271 or BIOL 272 (Mammalian A&P I or Vertebrate Physiology)
  • BIOL 273 or BIOL 290 (Mammalian A&P II or Comparative Anatomy)
  • BIOL 350 (Cell Biology)
  • CHEM 241 (Organic I)
  • CHEM 242  (Organic II)
  • CHEM 333 (Biochemistry)
  • CHEM 367 (Biotechnology Lab)
  • PSYC 121 (General Psychology)
  • 6 credit hours minimum from among:
    • BIOL 227 (Marine Biology) (3)
    • BIOL 257 (Biology Field Studies) (2-3)
    • BIOL 344 (Developmental Biology) (3)
    • BIOL 347 (Invertebrate Biology) (4)
    • BIOL 351 (Cell Biology Lab) (1)
    • BIOL 366 (Experimental Design and Research Methods) (3)
    • BIOL 440 (Molecular Biology) (3)
    • BIOL 352 (Advanced Topics & Terminology in Medicine) (3)
    • BIOL 421 (Ecology) (4)
    • BIOL 438 (Evolution) (3)
    • BIOL 465 (Advanced Physiology/Pathology) (3)
    • BIOL 471 (Immunology) (3)
    • BIOL 474 (Virology) (3)
    • BIOL 481 (Biology Seminar for credit) (1)
    • BIOL 496 (Special Problems) (variable)
  • 16-19 credit hours from any discipline, those recommended are:
    • MATH 302 (Statistics) (3)
    • ACCT 110 (Bas. & Man. Acct.) (3)
    • MGMT 230 (Princ. Manage.) (3)
    • MGMT 275 (Princ. Entrepr. Think.) (3)
    • MKT 281 (Princ. Market.) (3)
    • PHES 410 (Kinesiology) (3)

B.S. in Pre-Chiropractic Dual Acceptance

Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Matt Hopf

Beyond the required core courses within biology the following are required:

  • BIOL 226 (Microbiology)
  • BIOL 271 or BIOL 272 (Mammalian A&P I or Vertebrate Physiology)
  • BIOL 273 or BIOL 290 (Mammalian A&P II or Comparative Anatomy)
  • BIOL 350 (Cell Biology)
  • BIOL 366 (Experimental Design and Research Methods)
  • CHEM 241 (Organic I)
  • CHEM 242  (Organic II)
  • CHEM 333 (Biochemistry)
  • CHEM 367 (Biotechnology Lab)
  • PSYC 121 (General Psychology)
  • Logan University Basic Science courses, 37 credit hours transferred back to USF

PRE-DENTISTRY MAJOR

Faculty Advisors:  Dr. Amy Obringer, Ms. Jeanne Calvert

Beyond the required core courses within biology the following are required:

  • BIOL 226 (Microbiology)
  • BIOL 271 or BIOL 272 (Mammalian A&P I or Vertebrate Physiology)
  • BIOL 273 or BIOL 290 (Mammalian A&P II or Comparative Anatatomy)
  • BIOL 350 (Cell Biology)
  • CHEM 241 (Organic I)
  • CHEM 242  (Organic II)
  • CHEM 333 (Biochemistry)
  • CHEM 367 (Biotechnology Lab)
  • PSYC 121 (General Psychology)
  • 6 credit hours minimum from:
    • BIOL 227 (Marine Biology) (3)
    • BIOL 257 (Biology Field Studies) (2-3)
    • BIOL 344 (Developmental Biology) (3)
    • BIOL 347 (Invertebrate Biology) (4)
    • BIOL 348 (Behavioral Ecology) (3)
    • BIOL 351 (Cell Biology Lab) (1)
    • BIOL 366 (Experimental Design and Research Methods) (3)
    • BIOL 440 (Molecular Biology) (3)
    • BIOL 352 (Advanced Topics & Terminology in Medicine) (3)
    • BIOL 421 (Ecology) (4)
    • BIOL 438 (Evolution) (3)
    • BIOL 465 (Advanced Physiology/Pathology) (3)
    • BIOL 471 (Immunology) (3)
    • BIOL 474 (Virology) (3)
    • BIOL 481 (Biology Seminar for credit) (1)
    • BIOL 496 (Special Problems) (variable)
  • 16-19 credit hours from any discipline.  The following are recommended:
    • MATH 302 (Statistics) (3)
    • an additional PSYC elective

PRE-MEDICINE MAJOR

Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Amy Obringer

USF’s Biology Pre-Medicine program prepares students for the rigors of medical school including osteopathic medicine. Students completing this undergraduate degree would be well prepared to continue studies in a Physician Assistant graduate program as well.

Beyond the required core courses within biology the following are required:

  • SOCI 101 (Intro. Sociology)
  • BIOL 226 (Microbiology)
  • BIOL 271 or BIOL 272 (Mammalian A&P I or Vertebrate Physiology)
  • BIOL 273 or BIOL 290 (Mammalian A&P II or Comparative Anatomy)
  • BIOL 350 (Cell Biology)
  • CHEM 241 (Organic I)
  • CHEM 242  (Organic II)
  • CHEM 333 (Biochemistry)
  • CHEM 367 (Biotechnology Lab)
  • PSYC 121 (General Psychology)
  • 3 credit hours minimum from:
    • BIOL 227 (Marine Biology)
    • BIOL 257 (Biology Field Studies)
    • BIOL 344 (Developmental Biology)
    • BIOL 347 (Invertebrate Biology)
    • BIOL 348 (Behavioral Ecology)
    • BIOL 351 (Cell Biology Lab)
    • BIOL 366 (Experimental Design & Research Methods)
    • BIOL 440 (Molecular Biology)
    • BIOL 352 (Advanced Topics & Terminology in Medicine)
    • BIOL 421 (Ecology)
    • BIOL 438 (Evolution)
    • BIOL 465 (Advanced Physiology/Pathology)
    • BIOL 471 (Immunology)
    • BIOL 474 (Virology)
    • BIOL 481 (Biology Seminar for credit)
    • BIOL 496 (Special Problems)
  • 18-19 credit hours from any discipline.  The following is recommended:
    • an additional PSYC elective

PRE-PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT MAJOR

Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Mike Bechill

The Pre-Physician Assistant major is the most popular in the Biology Department.  Students work closely with a faculty academic advisor to ensure progression through the major toward acceptance into a Physician Assistant master’s program.  USF has its own Physician Assistant master’s program.   High-achieving eligible high school and first-year undergraduate students are encouraged to apply for dual enrollment to USF’s Pre-Physician Assistant undergraduate program and Physician Assistant Studies master’s program. The undergraduate curriculum aligns closely with the Pre-Medical biology degree, thus students could also apply for medical school.

Beyond the required core courses within biology the following are required:

  • BIOL 226 (Microbiology)
  • BIOL 271 or BIOL 272 (Mammalian A&P I or Vertebrate Physiology)
  • BIOL 273 or BIOL 290 (Mammalian A&P II or Comparative Anatomy)
  • BIOL 350 (Cell Biology)
  • BIOL 352 (Advanced Topics & Terminology in Medicine)
  • CHEM 241 (Organic I)
  • CHEM 242  (Organic II)
  • CHEM 333 (Biochemistry)
  • CHEM 367 (Biotechnology Lab)
  • PSYC 121 (General Psychology)
  • 9 credit hours minimum from:
    • BIOL 344 (Developmental Biology) (3)
    • BIOL 351 (Cell Biology Lab) (1)
    • BIOL 366 (Experimental Design & Research Methods) (3)
    • BIOL 440 (Molecular Biology) (3)
    • BIOL 465 (Advanced Physiology/Pathology) (3)
    • BIOL 471 (Immunology) (3)
    • BIOL 474 (Virology) (3)
  • 12-13 credit hours from any discipline.  The following is recommended:
    • an additional PSYC elective

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Applicants to the Pre-Physician Assistant biology program must meet University of Saint Francis admission requirements. To be successful in this program, it is suggested students rank in the upper half of their high school graduation class, have a GPA of at least 2.3 on a 4.0 scale and earn a Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) re-centered score of 1,000 or above (Verbal/Critical Reading and Math combined) or an American College Test (ACT) composite score of 21 or above.

Students seeking Dual Acceptance to the B.S. and M.S. programs at USF must

  • graduate from high school with a GPA of at least 3.5 a 4.0 scale,
  • score at least 1250 on SAT (combined reading and math only) or 26 on ACT,
  • shadow a PA for at least ten hours, and submit a one to two page paper regarding the shadowing,
  • submit a one to two page paper about medical interest in voluntary work, organization activity or training,
  • provide one reference from a physician assistant,
  • provide one reference from a physician,
  • be interviewed and approved by the Admissions Committee, and
  • be accepted by the Physician Assistant Studies program.

PROGRESSION REQUIREMENTS

Pre-Physician Assistant biology majors must maintain a GPA of at least 2.0. Courses may be repeated only once.

For students who have received Dual Acceptance to the BS and MS programs, they must

  • earn a “C” or better in all courses,
  • maintain an undergraduate GPA of 3.5,
  • have no disciplinary actions recorded by the Office of Student Life,
  • comply with all the enrollment requirements of the PA program, and
  • complete 1000 hours of approved patient care experience prior to entering the graduate portion.

Students not meeting the progression standards will forfeit their reserved seat in the master’s portion, but can still apply for admission through the traditional route.

PRE-VETERINARY MEDICINE MAJOR

Faculty Advisor:  Mr. Warren Pryor

USF’s Pre-Veterinary Medicine biology program prepares students for the demands of veterinary school, The Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and the Veterinary College Admission Test (VCAT). The field of veterinary medicine includes broad areas like general or specialty practice (i.e. large animal, equine), emergency or critical care, research, or applied specialization in areas such as animal nutrition, dentistry, and pharmacology, microbiology, dermatology, ophthalmology, anesthesiology, toxicology, radiology, preventative medicine, behavior, or therapy.

Students may work in private or group practice, universities, zoological facilities, aquaria, marine labs, government, corporate, or not-for-profit research laboratories. The federal departments of Agriculture, Homeland Security, Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and others employ veterinarians.

Beyond the required core courses within biology the following are required:

  • BIOL 208 (Animal Nutrition)
  • BIOL 226 (Microbiology)
  • BIOL 272 (Vertebrate Physiology)
  • BIOL 290 (Comparative Anatomy)
  • CHEM 241 (Organic I)
  • CHEM 242  (Organic II)
  • CHEM 333 (Biochemistry)
  • CHEM 367 (Biotechnology Lab)
  • PSYC 121 (General Psychology)
  • MATH 223 (Calculus)
  • MATH 302 (Statistics)
  • 6 credit hours minimum from among:
    • BIOL 227 (Marine Biology)
    • BIOL 257 (Biology Field Studies)
    • BIOL 344 (Developmental Biology)
    • BIOL 347 (Invertebrate Biology)
    • BIOL 348 (Behavioral Ecology)
    • BIOL 350 (Cell Biology)
    • BIOL 366 (Experimental Design & Research Methods)
    • BIOL 421 (Ecology)
    • BIOL 438 (Evolution)
    • BIOL 439 (Intro. Ornithology)
    • BIOL 440 (Molecular Biology)
    • BIOL 448 (Taxonomy of Flowering Plants)
    • BIOL 465 (Advanced Physiology/Pathology)
    • BIOL 471 (Immunology)
    • BIOL 474 (Virology)
    • BIOL 481 (Biology Seminar for credit)
    • BIOL 496 (Special Problems)
  • 10-13 credit hours from any discipline.  The following is recommended:
    • an additional PSYC elective