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Health Sciences Pre-Professional B.S.

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  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 71
  • This program requires summer terms.
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science
The BS in health sciences provides students with the prerequisite knowledge and skills required for admission to professional programs in chiropractic, dentistry, medicine, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy. Admission is competitive and specific admission requirements, including courses and experiences, vary by professional program and institution. Completion of the BS 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 institutions; 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 apply this mode of inquiry in a laboratory setting; explain and apply basic principles of biology in a 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; and produce evidence of their ability to be admitted into health science professional programs.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
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 advisor to develop a 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
A maximum of two D grades are allowed for core courses required in the program and technology requirements. This includes grades earned at UMC or transferred in from another institution. Required Courses - 71 credits
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)
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)
WRIT 3303 - Writing in Your Profession (3.0 cr)
Choose one of the following:
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)
Choose one of the following:
ENGL 3001 - World Culture and Literature [HUMANITIES, GLOB PERSP] (3.0 cr)
or HUM 3310 - Culture and Technology [HUMANITIES, GLOB PERSP] (3.0 cr)
Choose one of the following:
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 Requirement
Students must take 3 credits from the following courses. (If applicable, the course selected from below may be used to satisfy both the program and technology requirements.)
CA 1xxx
or CA 2xxx
or CHEM 3022 - Chemical Analysis in the Biological and Environmental Sciences (4.0 cr)
or MATH 1150 - Elementary Statistics [MATH THINK] (3.0 cr)
Open Electives
Students must take enough open electives credits to satisfy the 120 credit graduation requirement.
 
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BIOL 2012 - General Zoology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Major animal groups (phyla). Applications of morphological, physiological, and developmental characteristics to define evolutionary relationships. Parasitic forms affecting human welfare. Lab requires dissection, including mammals. prereq: 1009
BIOL 2032 - General Microbiology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Fundamental principles of microbiology. Bacterial metabolism, growth, and genetics. Biology of viruses/fungi. Microorganisms and disease. Applied microbiology. prereq: Biol 1009 or 1009H or 2103, Chem 1001 or 1021
BIOL 2103 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Systems approach to anatomical structures and physiological functions of human body. Key concepts at chemical, cellular, tissue, and organ levels. Emphasizes spacial relationships of structures and their related functions within integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous and endocrine systems. Lab. prereq: 1009
BIOL 2104 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Systems approach to anatomical structures and physiological functions of human body. Emphasizes spacial relationships of structures and their related functions within circulatory, lymphatic, respiratory, and digestive systems. Metabolism, nutrition, urinary/reproductive systems, human development. Genetics concepts. Lab. prereq: 1009
BIOL 3022 - Principles of Genetics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Basic principles of Mendelian, molecular, and population genetics. Computer simulations/models used to study aberrations and their implications. prereq: Biol 1009, Chem 1021 or 1401, Math 1031 or 1131 or 1150
BIOL 3027 - Cell Biology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Structure/function of prokaryotic/eukaryotic cells, including cell surface, membranes, organelles, cytoskeleton, cell growth, cell physiology, experimental methods used in cell studies. Lab includes contemporary cell biology research techniques, hypothesis testing, and communication of results. prereq: 1009, [1401 or Chem 1021]
CHEM 1061 - Chemical Principles I (PHYS SCI, PEOPLE/ENV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Concepts of inorganic chemistry, atomic theory/structure, periodicity of elements. Basic rules of oxidation/chemical combination. Molecular structure (hybridization, molecular orbitals). Thermochemistry, gases, solution process, colligative properties. prereq: 1001
CHEM 1062 - Chemical Principles II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Behavior of gases, thermodynamics, properties of solutions, solution equilibria, oxidation/reduction reactions. Rigorous course. Develops chemical foundations required in some agriculture, environmental, preprofessional programs. prereq: 1061 minimum C- grade, 1065
CHEM 1065 - Chemical Principles I Laboratory (PHYS SCI, PEOPLE/ENV)
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Basic laboratory skills. Investigating physical/chemical phenomena associated with lecture material. Experimental design, data collection/treatment, discussion of errors, proper treatment of hazardous wastes. prereq: 1001
CHEM 1066 - Chemical Principles II Laboratory
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Basic laboratory skills. Investigating physical/chemical phenomena associated with lecture material. Experimental design, data collection/treatment, discussion of errors, proper treatment of hazardous wastes. prereq: 1061 minimum C- grade, 1065
CHEM 2301 - Organic Chemistry I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Important classes of organic compounds, their structures/reactions. Relation between structure, reactivity, and properties. Spectroscopic characterization of organic molecules. prereq: 1062, 1066, concurrent enrollment in 2310
CHEM 2302 - Organic Chemistry II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Reactions, synthesis, and characterization of organic compounds and biologically significant classes of organic compounds (lipids, carbohydrates, amino acids, proteins, nucleic acids). prereq: [Grade of at least C- in 2301 or consent of instructor], concurrent enrollment in 2311
CHEM 2310 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Laboratory techniques in synthesis, purification, and characterization of organic compounds. prereq: Concurrent enrollment in 2301
CHEM 2311 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Lab techniques in synthesis, purification, and characterization of organic compounds. prereq: 2310, concurrent enrollment in 2302
CHEM 3021 - Biochemistry
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Fundamentals of biochemistry. Structure/function of proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, and carbohydrates. Metabolism, regulation of metabolism. Quantitative treatments of chemistry equilibria, enzyme catalysis, and bioenergetics. Chemistry basis of genetic information. prereq: Grade of at least C- in [2301 or consent of instructor], BIOL 1009
HSCI 3899 - Pre-Internship Seminar
Credits: 0.5 [max 0.5]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Expectations/responsibilities of internship. Preparing for graduate or professional school application or a job search. Presentations about internship experiences by those who have recently completed 3900 (internship). Discussions between students, staff, and invited guests.
HSCI 3900 - Internship
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Supervised professional work experience in health care facility. Report/consultation with faculty adviser/employer. prereq: 3899, instructor consent
HSCI 3901 - Post-Internship Seminar
Credits: 0.5 [max 0.5]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Students who have recently completed internships prepare/deliver a PowerPoint presentation of experience/knowledge gained. Discussions between post/pre-internship students, staff, and invited guests. prereq: 3900
HSCI 4301 - Capstone: Problem Solving in Health Care Teams
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Interdisciplinary approaches to patient care and public health issues. Case studies.
HSM 4210 - Health Care Law and Biomedical Ethics
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Legal/bioethical issues in health care management. Professional licensing, certification, reporting. Liability, negligence, malpractice. Patient rights/responsibilities. Clinical outcomes assessment/measurement. prereq: 3200
PHYS 1102 - Introductory College Physics II (PHYS SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Second of two-semester sequence. Algebra-based introduction to physics and physics problem solving. Vibrations, light, sound, electricity, magnetism. Selected modern physics topics (e.g., radiation). Topics presented in applied context. prereq: Math 1031, Phys 1101
PSY 1093 - Lifespan Development (HI/BEH/SSC)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Human life span perspective. Integrates developmental principles through research of social issues. Theories of major developmental theorists, recent challenges from changes in society/family interrelationships. Total environmental issues. Progress in genetics/medicines toward a better understanding of human development.
PSY 3604 - Abnormal Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Comprehensive study of abnormal behavior. Focuses on causal factors, treatment, and outcome of maladaptive behavior. Systematic study of biological, behavioral, and psychosocial therapies as modes of treatment and prevention of disorders. Lectures, case studies, videos, group discussions, oral presentations, term paper. prereq: Psy 1001
SOC 3937 - Social Gerontology: Elders in American Society
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Survey of characteristics/concerns of older persons. Physical, social, psychological, and cultural factors associated with aging. Individual outside work with older person.
WRIT 3303 - Writing in Your Profession
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: Comp 1011, 1013
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Writing about subjects related to students' academic disciplines and future professions. Developing persuasive writing skills for academic, personal, and professional purposes. Effective communication principles, audiences, formats, and technologies. prereq: Comp 1011, 1013
BIOL 3140 - Histology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Microscopic examination of morphological characteristics of human tissues, organs, and blood cells. Lab. prereq: 2104 or 3027 or consent of instructor
BIOL 4361 - Developmental Biology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Molecular/cellular mechanisms of development. Emphasizes animal systems. Cell cycle, gametogenesis, fertilization, morphogenetic movements, cytodifferentiation, cell interactions, pattern formation, gene expression, organogenesis, metamorphosis, regeneration and aging. Lab. prereq: 3022, 3027
BIOL 1009H - Honors: General Biology (BIOL SCI, PEOPLE/ENV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Quantitative methods used to emphasize the dynamic nature of biology. Modern biology. Molecular structure of living things, energy recruitment/utilization, flow of genetic information through organisms/populations. Principles of inheritance, ecology, and evolution. Includes lab. prereq: High school chemistry or consent of instructor
COMP 1011 - Composition I (COMMUNICAT)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Process of clear, concrete, and convincing writing. Generation and discovery of subjects, revisions, editing.
COMP 1013 - Composition II (COMMUNICAT)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Writing a research paper/s. Formulating/answering a research question. Developing an organizational/argument strategy for topic/audience. Supporting research question/argument with scholarly sources. prereq: 1011
MATH 1150 - Elementary Statistics (MATH THINK)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Descriptive statistics, elementary probability, normal distribution, binomial distribution, confidence intervals, tests of hypotheses, correlation, regression, chi-square, ANOVA. prereq: 0991 or ACT math score of 20 or higher
MATH 1271 - Calculus I (MATH THINK)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Limits, differential calculus of functions of single variable, applications. Introduction to integral calculus of single variable. prereq: 1250 or ACT math score of 28 or higher
PHIL 1001 - Introduction to Philosophy (HUMANITIES, ETH/CIV RE)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Critical introduction to three fundamental questions of philosophy: What can I know? What can I believe? What ought I to do? Emphasis on developing ability to think, speak, and write critically.
PHYS 1101 - Introductory College Physics I (PHYS SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
First of two-semester sequence. Algebra-based introduction to physics and physics problem solving. Motion, forces, torque, momentum, energy, thermal energy/heat. Topics presented in applied context. prereq: Math 1031
PSY 1001 - General Psychology (HI/BEH/SSC)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Overview of psychology as scientific study of human/animal behavior. Emphasizes goals of psychology: to describe, understand, predict, and control behavior. Biological, cognitive, affective, and social perspectives.
SPCH 1101 - Public Speaking (COMMUNICAT)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Topic selection, research, organization, rehearsal, and extemporaneous delivery of informative and persuasive speeches.
ENGL 3001 - World Culture and Literature (HUMANITIES, GLOB PERSP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Representative works from various cultures from around globe. Relevant historical contexts/social movements. Intensified interpretive skills for appreciation of diverse genres.
HUM 3310 - Culture and Technology (HUMANITIES, GLOB PERSP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Analysis of historical and cultural factors shaping technology. Synthesis of integrated relationships among technology, the arts, societal practices, and values.
SOC 1001 - Introduction to Sociology (HI/BEH/SSC, HUMAN DIV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Culture, social institutions, socialization, groups, social class, race and ethnicity, collective behavior, and social deviance.
SOC 1102 - Cultural Anthropology (HI/BEH/SSC, GLOB PERSP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Human culture from advent of agriculture to present. Methods used in cultural anthropology; linguistics; general theories of culture; functions of religion, law, kinship, systems, and other major influences in selected cultures.
CHEM 3022 - Chemical Analysis in the Biological and Environmental Sciences
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Theories/techniques of quantitative chemical analysis. Covers data handling, atomic/molecular spectroscopies, gas/liquid chromatography, and mass spectrometry. Labs focus on application of quantitative chemical methods to problems encourntered in environmental science/biology. prereq: 2301, 2310
MATH 1150 - Elementary Statistics (MATH THINK)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Descriptive statistics, elementary probability, normal distribution, binomial distribution, confidence intervals, tests of hypotheses, correlation, regression, chi-square, ANOVA. prereq: 0991 or ACT math score of 20 or higher