Clinical/Medical Lab Scientist
The Biology major, Biomedical track, includes courses to meet the requirement for a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, as well as prepare the student for a career in many areas of biomedical research or Graduate/Professional School. Students must also declare a minor and meet all of the requirements for that as well. Pre-med, pre-dent, pre-physical therapy, pre-physician assistant etc. are not majors on their own.
The choice of a minor is completely up to the student. Because some of the health-professional schools require several courses from many departments (PT, OT etc.), an "Option B" Interdisciplinary Minor is advised, allowing students to compile a selection of classes to meet the requirements. Medical schools in particular appreciate a student that is well-rounded and broadly educated, and although most minor in Chemistry, many others choose minors in psychology, art, history, Spanish, philosophy and more.
The health professions schools and programs are not concerned with what your major or minor is, they look solely at the classes you take. It does not help to double major, particularly in two sciences. They are looking for students that have a strong ability in science and are broadly educated. They value students who have breadth in their classes.
The courses listed in the following pages are the pre-requisite courses required by most professional schools in a particular field. Your primary advice regarding courses and preparation for future careers should be obtained from your faculty advisor. Advisors are equipped to give suggestions as to selection and sequence of courses that will match your abilities and interests. However, advisors will give advice, but the final responsibility for proper course selection and completion of graduation requirements rests with you.
A high GPA is important if you are to be a competitive applicant for a health professions program. It is important to get off to a good start, and to learn/adopt good, strong study habits right away. If you run into trouble, there are many resources available on campus to help you, and you should seek them early on and not wait until failure of a class. Having said that, GPA is not the only thing that professional schools consider when examining an application for admission. The following page lists some of the other qualities, skills and experiences that you can spend your college years developing. IT IS NOT A CHECKLIST. That is very important to note right now!
Skills such as writing and speaking clearly, leadership experience, problem solving ability, good judgment, listening and teamwork are also critical for working in the health fields. Volunteering shows commitment to humanity and to the community. Shadowing is of great value in exploring a field and determining if you are suitable for a particular profession, and professional schools will look for this experience in making sure you understand that career path.
The Pre-Health Professions, the Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Occupational Therapy, Pre-Pharmacy students at River Falls have active clubs and welcome new members to join. They can be found on the OrgSync Web site, or look for their bulletin boards on the 4th floor of AgSci. These clubs can be a wealth of information and experiences.
Allied Health Sciences
Allied Health Sciences
There are many other Health Professions that afford very rewarding careers. Most require another semester or year of training, for certification and some require a graduate (Master's Degree). A partial list includes:
Surgical (First) Assistant:
Various Types of Cardiovascular Specialist:
Nuclear Medical Technologist:
Emergency Medicine Paramedic:
Public Health Specialist:
Medical/Clinical Laboratory Scientist:
The UWRF is also working on agreements with the Mayo Clinic in other areas of Allied Health Sciences, including Nuclear Medicine Technology, Radiography, and Echocardiography.
The following web sites can also give you more information about preparing for a health career.
Biology Major/Chemistry Minor
Biology Major, Chemistry Minor
First Year at UWRF
General Biology (150 or 160) 3 Bio 110 (Freshman Colloquium) 1
General Chemistry I (Chem 120 or 121)* 5 General Chemistry II (Chem 122) 5 OR OR
Introduction to Organic Chemistry I (Chem 130)* 5 Intro to Organic Chemistry II (Chem 233)* 5
Gen Ed (Humanities/Fine Arts) 3 College Algebra and Trigonometry (Math 147)* 3
Academic Reading/Writing (Engl 100) 3 Gen Ed General Psychology (Psych 101) 3
Health/Wellness (PE 108) 1 Gen Ed (Humanities/Fine Arts) 3
15 credits 15 credits
Second Year at UWRF
General Zoology (Bio 230) 3 Cellular/Molecular Biology (Bio 240) 3
Organic Chemistry I + lab (Chem 231)* 4 Organic Chemistry II + lab (Chem 232)* 4
Foundations of Inorganic Chemistry (Chem 240)* 4 Fundamentals of Communications (Coms 101) 3
Reading, Writing, and the Disciplines (Engl 200) 3 Biostatistics (Math 231or 226) 3
(Gen Ed)Social/Behavioral Sciences 3
Liberal Arts elective 3 Bioethics (Philosophy 220) 3
Third Year at UWRF
Anatomy/Physiology I w/Lab (Bio341) 4 Anatomy/ Physiology II w/Lab (Bio 342) 4
Foundations of Biochemistry (Chem 360) 4 Genetics (Bio 350) 3
General Physics 1 + lab (Physics 121) 5 American Cultural Diversity 3
Global Perspectives/ Multidisciplinary** 3 Liberal Arts Elective 3
2 Phys Ed Activities (.5 cred each) 1
During one summer or J-term - Lifespan Development Psychology (Psych 245) for 3 credits
* These courses are determined by placement scores and/or previous experience in math and chemistry.
**Assumes taking a class that double counts. The sequence of general education courses is flexible.
Fourth Year at PCC: Select 21-25 credits
ANAT 51204 Neuroanatomy I 3 Biol 9000 Biology Elective 3
ANAT 51203 Gross Anatomy I 4 Biol 9001 Biology Elective 4
ANAT 51213 Embryology 2 Biol 9002 Biology Elective 2
PHCH 51333 Cellular Physiology 3 Biol 9003 (S) Biology Elective 2
Chem 9000 (S) Chemistry Elective 1
ANAT 52205 Gross Anatomy II 4 Biol 9004 Biology Elective 4
ANAT 52213 Spinal Anatomy 3 Biol 9005 Biology Elective 3
PHCH 52306 Biochemistry II 3 Chem 9001 (S) Chemistry Elective 1
PHCH 51332 Physiology II 3 Biol 9006 Biology Elective 3
PATH 52301 Pathology I 3 Biol 9007 Biology Elective 3
ANAT 61209 Organ Histology 2 Biol 9008 Biology Elective 2
ANAT 61208 Neuroanatomy II 3 Biol 9009 Biology Elective 3
PATH 61421 Immunology 2 Biol 9010 (S) Biology Elective 1
Chem 9002 (S) Chemistry Elective 1
PHCH 52342 Endocrinology 2 Biol 9011 Biology Elective 2
PATH 61424 Pathology II 3 Biol 9012 Biology Elective 3
PHCH 61346 Physiology III 3 Biol 9013 (S) Biology Elective 2
Chem 9003 (S) Chemistry Elective 1
Summary of Degree Requirements
University of Wisconsin – River Falls 95-99
Palmer College of Chiropractic – Davenport Campus 21-25
Total for Bachelor Degree 120
Bachelors Degree in Biology awarded from UWRF at completion of first year at Palmer.
Doctor of Chiropractic Degree granted at completion of all required coursework
UWRF has an affiliation agreement with Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport Iowa, which requires a fairly strict sequence of courses. This means that the student attends UWRF for 6 semesters to take specific prerequisite classes needed for entrance into chiropractic school, as well as meet the general education, liberal arts, and university requirements of UWRF. After one year at Palmer, the credits transfer back to UWRF, and the student graduates from UWRF with a BS in Biology. The student continues on with chiropractic training at Palmer. UWRF does not have an affiliation agreement with other schools. The following page presents a suggested sequence of courses.
The recommended curriculum below is suggested to meet both the required and recommended pre-requisites of most Chiropractic Schools. Additional courses are needed to meet requirements for the biology degree and for graduation.
Biology 150 or 160(General Biology)
Biology 324 (Microbiology)
Biology 341 and 342 (Anatomy and Physiology I and II)
Keep in mind that additional biology courses are required for the Biology major
Chemistry 121 and 122 (General Chemistry 1 and 2)
Chem 231, 232 236, 237 (Organic Chemistry 1 and 2)
Chemistry 130 and 233 (Introduction to and Foundations of Organic Chemistry)
Chemistry 240 (Foundations of Inorganic Chemistry)
Chemistry 360 (Biochemistry) is recommended
Physics 121 (Algebra based Physics with lab) and one of the following:
Physics 122 (Second semester physics) OR PED 354 (Biomechanics)
Math 226 (Stats) or Math 231 (Biostatistics)
Psychology 101 (General Psychology)
At least 15 credits
Speech (Coms 100) is recommended
UWRF does not offer an undergraduate program in nursing, leading to a BSN/RN degree/license. For students at UWRF interested in nursing, there are a number of options:
1) Transfer as soon as possible to a school with an undergraduate nursing school.
2) Complete some of the requirements for admission to an undergraduate nursing program at UWRF, then transfer to an undergraduate program in nursing at another school. Students should look up the requirements for their particular chosen schools, because the prerequisites vary. These usually include completion of 30 semester credits including:
Introduction to Psychology (Psychology 101)
General Biology (Biology 160)
General Chemistry (Chemistry 121 and 122)
Sociology 100 or Anthropology 100
College Algebra (Math 146)
3) Some schools want more credit hours, which include
Statistics Math 226, or Biostatistics (Math 231)
Human Nutrition (Health 315)
Anatomy and Physiology (Biol 341 and 342)
More chemistry, including Organic Chemistry (Chem 231, 232, 236, 237) and Biochemistry (Chem 360)
Lifespan Psychology S (Psych 245)
This is a tough route because by the time students are in biochemistry they are here 3 years, and students take a lot of chemistry, and time, you don't have to. A better option might be #4
4) Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Registered Nurse(Some offer a MSN in preparation for RN licensure) – Nursing degrees for students with a BS in some area other than nursing, such as Biology. This is a good route for someone who may be interested in a specialty, such as nurse anesthetist, since it affords you the science background you will need. Employers value graduates of accelerated programs because they are typically more mature, possess strong science and clinical skills, and are quick studies on the job. These students are also encouraged to pursue roles as nurse educators. There are over 100 accelerated nursing programs in the US, with more in the planning stage
Additional courses are required to meet requirements for the biology degree and for graduation
General Biology (Biology 150 or 160)
Microbiology (Biology 324)
Anatomy and Physiology I and II (Biology 341 and 342)
Human Pathology (not offered at UWRF, but many school will substitute Immunology (Biology 345). There is also an online Pathology Course offered by the Univ of Minnesota that many students take (LAMP 4177)
Human Nutrition (Health 315)
Chemistry 121 and 122; more chemistry, including Organic, Biochemistry and Pharmacology, is better. There are a couple of other options available,
Algebra and Trigonometry (Math 147) and Biostatistics (Math 231)
General Psychology – (Psychology 101)
Lifespan Psychology – (Psychology 245)
Abnormal Psychology (Psychology 220)
Sociology- (Sociology 100)
Bioethics (Philosophy 220)
Cultural Diversity Classes, including Intercultural Communication (COMS 213)
Many want CNA certification and experience, volunteering in clinical settings
"The typical accelerated nursing students are bright (GPA 3.3 min, but typical is higher), inquisitive and sophisticated consumers of higher education who actively pursue learning opportunities."