UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Pre-Health Professions

Curriculum

Pre-Health Curriculum PDFdocument

The Pre-Health Professional Curriculum at UWRF

Pre-medicine, pre-dental, pre-physical therapy, pre-physician assistant, and other pre-professional programs are not majors on their own.

The biomedical track in the biology major includes courses to meet the requirements for a bachelor of science degree in biology. It also prepares the student for a career in many areas of biomedical research or graduate/professional school.

Students in the biomedical track must declare a minor and meet all of the requirements for that as well.

  • A minor in chemistry is the logical choice for the pre-med, pre-dental, pre-physician assistant, and pre-chiropractic student, since a year of general chemistry, a year of organic chemistry, and a year of biochemistry are required or recommended for admission to these professional schools.
  • An Option B minor is advised for other health-professional schools that require several courses from many departments. Option B allows students to compile a selection of classes to meet the requirements.

The courses listed below 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. Faculty are equipped to give suggestions for selection and sequence of courses that will match your abilities and interests. 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 adopt good, strong study habits right away. It is very stressful to have a bad first semester or two and then spend the rest of your college career digging yourself out of that hole. Having said that, GPA is not the only thing that professional schools consider when examining an application for admission.  You should develop your writing and speaking skills. Other skills such as leadership, listening, and teamwork are also critical for working in the health fields. Volunteering shows commitment to humanity and the community. Shadowing and internships are of great value in exploring any field and determining if you are suitable for a particular profession.

The pre-med society, the pre-physical therapy (and occupational therapy), and pre-pharmacy majors 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. The following web sites can also give you more information about preparing for a health career.

http://www.healthcareers.umn.edu/

http://explorehealthcareers.org/en/home

http://www.bls.gov/oco/


Pre-Medical (Osteopathic and Allopathic), Pre-Dental or Pre-Optometry,
The recommended curriculum below is suggested to meet both the required and recommended pre-requisites of most of the schools, as well as to prepare you for the Medical College (MCAT), Optometry (OAT), or Dental Admission Test (DAT). Additional courses are required to meet requirements for the biology degree and for graduation.

Biology
Biology 150 (General Biology)
Biology 230 (General Zoology)
Biology 240 (Cell Biology)
Biology 324 (Microbiology)
Biology 341 and 342 (Anatomy and Physiology I and II)
Biology 350 (Genetics)

Keep in mind that additional biology courses are required for the Biology major.

Chemistry
Chemistry 121 and 122,(General Chemistry 1 and 2)
Chem 231, 232 236, 237 (Organic Chemistry 1 and 2)
OR
Chemistry 130 and 233 (Introduction to and Foundations of Organic Chemistry)
Chemistry 240 and 250 (Foundations of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry)
Optometry School – also Chemistry 361 (Biochemistry)
Dental School – also Chemistry 361, most with lab
Medical School – also Chemistry 361 and 362 strongly recommended

Physics
Physics 151 and 156, (Algebra-Based Physics I and Lab)
Physics 152 and 157 (Algebra-Based Physics II and Lab)
OR
Calculus based Physics series

Math
Optometry School – Math through Math 166 (Calculus), a select few require a second semester of Calculus; Statistics is required

Dental School – No math prerequisite, but Geometry, Algebra, and Trigonometry are covered in the DAT, Statistics is required Medical School – Most require or recommend Math through Math 166 (Calculus); Statistics is required

Generals
Psych 101 (Introduction to Psychology)
SCTA 101 (Speech)
Sociology 100
English 100 and 200 are usually required or strongly recommended.
Writing intensive or literature classes are also required by some (Univ. of MN)
Most want to see humanities, upper level humanities, social/behavioral sciences

Physician Assistant
The recommended curriculum below is suggested to meet both the required and recommended pre-requisites of most of the schools. Additional courses are required to meet requirements for the biology degree and for graduation.

Biology requirements include
Biology 150 (General Biology)
Biology 230(General Zoology)
Biology 240 (Cell Biology)
Biology 243 (Biological Greek and Latin)
Biology 324 (Microbiology)
Biology 341 and 342 (Anatomy and Physiology I and II)
Biology 350 (Genetics)

Keep in mind that additional biology courses are required for the Biology major

Chemistry
Chemistry 121 and 122,(General Chemistry 1 and 2)
Chem 231, 232 236, 237 (Organic Chemistry 1 and 2)
OR
Chemistry 130 and 233 (Introduction to and Foundations of Organic Chemistry)
Chemistry 240 and 250 (Foundations of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry)
Chemistry 361 and 362 (Biochemistry)

Math
LaCrosse requires 149 (Pre-calculus) or 166 (Calculus) Statistics

Psychology
Psychology 101 (introduction to Psychology),
Psychology 236 (Childhood and Adolescence)
Psychology 336 (Adulthood and Aging)
Some also require 325 (Abnormal Psychology)

Generals
Most require speech (CSTA 101)
Most schools require applicants to complete the GRE Exam.
Most schools require clinical experience for admission.

Occupational Therapy
The recommended curriculum below is suggested to meet both the required and recommended pre-requisites of most of the schools. Additional courses are required to meet requirements for the biology degree and for graduation.

Biology requirements include
Biology 150 (General Biology)
Biology 240 (Cell Biology)
Biology 341 and 342 (Anatomy and Physiology I and II)
Bio 243 (Biological Greek and Latin)
Keep in mind that additional biology courses are required for the Biology major

Chemistry
There is no chemistry requirement

Psychology
Psychology 101 (introduction to Psychology),
Psychology 236 (Childhood and Adolescence)
Psychology 336 (Adulthood and Aging)
Some also require 325 (Abnormal Psychology)

Physics
Physics 151 and 156, (Algebra-Based Physics I and Lab)

Math

Statistics (Math 226, or Psychology 201)
Sociology 101

OPTION B MINOR (22 credits) can include
Physics 152, 157 (Algebra Based Physics ii)
PED 354 (Biomechanics)
Health 315 (Nutrition)
Psychology 325 (Abnormal Psychology)
PED 245 Motor Development Throughout Life

Other appropriate Psychology or Health and Human Performance classes A minor in psychology might also be appropriate.

Physical Therapy
The recommended curriculum below is suggested to meet both the required and recommended pre-requisites of most of the schools. Additional courses are required to meet requirements for the biology degree and for graduation.

Biology requirements include
Biology 150 (General Biology)
Biology 230(General Zoology)
Biology 341 and 342 (Anatomy and Physiology I and II)

Keep in mind that additional biology courses are required for the Biology major

Chemistry
Chemistry 121 and 122,(General Chemistry 1 and 2)

Math
University of Minnesota requires 1 semester of Calculus (Math 166)
Statistics (Math 226)

Physics
Physics 151 and 156, (Algebra-Based Physics I and Lab)
Physics 152 and 157 (Algebra-Based Physics II and Lab)
OR
Calculus based Physics series

OPTION B MINOR (22 credits) consisting of
Physics 152, 157 (Algebra Based Physics II
Math 166 (not all schools require Calculus, but UM does)
Psych 236 (Childhood and Adolescence)
Psych 336 (Adulthood and Aging)
Psych 325 (Abnormal Psychology)
PED 354 (Biomechanics)
Heal 315 (Nutrition)
Heal 366 (Exercise Physiology)

Most Physical Therapy schools require a number (usually 100) hours of observation prior to admission. Completion of the GRE exam is also required.

Note: A biology major/Biomedical Sciences option will provide good preparation for physical therapy programs. A major in Health and Human Performance (Option II) may be appropriate for students with secondary interest in sports training, rehabilitation, or kinesiology.

Chiropractic
The recommended curriculum below is suggested to meet both the required and recommended pre-requisites of most of the schools. Additional courses are required to meet requirements for the biology degree and for graduation.

Biology requirements include
Biology 150 (General Biology)
Biology 230(General Zoology)
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
Chemistry 121 and 122,(General Chemistry 1 and 2)
Chem 231, 232 236, 237 (Organic Chemistry 1 and 2)
OR
Chemistry 130 and 233 (Introduction to and Foundations of Organic Chemistry)
Chemistry 240 and 250 (Foundations of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry)
Chemistry 361 (Biochemistry) is recommended

Physics
Physics 151/156 (Algebra based Physics with lab) and one of the following
Physics 152/157 (2nd semester physics)
PED 354 (Biomechanics)
Math 226 (Stats)

Psychology
Psychology101 (General Psychology)

Social Sciences/Humanities
At least 15 credits

Additional Requirements
Speech is recommended

For More Information, contact

Dr. Betsy Gerbec
Department of Biology
400 Agricultural Sciences Bldg
betsy.gerbec@uwrf.edumail

Dr Karen Klyczek
Department of Biology
407 Agricultural Sciences Bldg
Karen.k.klyczek@uwrf.edumail

Dr Mark Bergland (Department Chair)
Department of Biology
410 Agricultural Sciences Bldg
Mark.s.berland@uwrf.edumail

MD

http://www.mommd.com/toughdecision.shtml
http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/ome/outreach/doctor.html
https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/
https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/amcas/

Dentist

http://www.adldentallabs.com/dental/dentist.htm
http://www.godentalschool.com/advantages-­‐vs-­‐disadvantages-­‐of-­‐being-­‐a-­‐dentist.html
http://www.dentistry.umn.edu/
http://www.ada.org/aboutada.aspx

OT

http://www.aota.org/Students/Prospective/OT.aspx
http://www.aota.org/Consumers.aspx

PA

http://www.aapa.org/
http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos081.htm
https://portal.caspaonline.org/

OPT

http://www.opted.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3444

Requirements

Pre-Health Requirement PDFdocument

Pre-Medical, Pre-Dental or Pre-Optometry

Most pre-health professional students major in Biology or Chemistry (and a minor in Biology or Chemistry) because of the number of courses required in these areas, but keep in mind that other majors are possible. Pre-Medical, Pre-Dental or Pre-Optometry are not majors on their own. Requirements for a declared major and minor must be met to graduate. The recommended curriculum below is suggested to meet both the required and recommended prerequisites of most of the schools, as well as to prepare you for the Medical College (MCAT), Optometry (OAT), or Dental Admission Test (DAT).

Biology
BIOL 150 (General Biology)
BIOL 230 (General Zoology)
BIOL 240 (Cell Biology)
BIOL 324 (Microbiology)
BIOL 341 and BIOL 342 (Anatomy and Physiology I and II)
MCATs include BIOL 350 (Genetics)

Additional recommended Biology courses can include genetics, immunology, molecular biology, and developmental biology

Chemistry
CHEM 121 and CHEM 122, (General Chemistry 1 and 2)
CHEM 231, CHEM 232, CHEM 236, CHEM 237 (Organic Chemistry 1 and 2)
Optometry School - CHEM 361 (Biochemistry)
Dental School - CHEM 361, most with lab
Medical School - CHEM 361 and CHEM 362 strongly recommended

Physics
PHYS 151 and 156, (Algebra-Based Physics I and Lab)
PHYS 152 and PHYS 157 (Algebra-Based Physics II and Lab)

Math
Optometry School - Mathematics courses through MATH 166 (Calculus), a select few require a second semester of Calculus; and Statistics

Dental School - No mathematics prerequisite, but Geometry, Algebra, and Trigonometry are covered in the DAT, Statistics is required

Medical School - Most require or recommend mathematics courses through MATH 166 (Calculus) and statistics

Generals
PSYC 101 (Introduction to Psychology), COMS 101 (Speech), SOCI 100, ENGL 100 and ENGL 200 are usually required or strongly recommended. Writing intensive or literature classes, are also required by some (Univ. of MN)

Occupational Therapy
OPTION B MINOR
Biology requirements include BIOL 150, Cell, and A and P, Bio Greek and Latin. There are no chemistry requirements. Psychology - PSYC 101, (Intro), PSYC 236 (Child and Adolescent Psychology), PSYC 336 (Adulthood and Aging), PSYC 325 (Abnormal Psychology) SOCI 101, Mathematics - Statistics, PHYS 151 and PHYS 157

Physical Therapy
OPTION B MINOR consisting of PHYS 152, PHYS 157 (Algebra Based Physics II)
MATH 166 (not all schools require Calculus, but UM does)
PSYC 236 (Childhood and Adolescence)
PSYC 336 (Adulthood and Aging)
PSYC 325 (Abnormal Psychology)
PED 354 (Biomechanics)
HEAL 215 (Nutrition)
HEAL 366 (Exercise Physiology)

Physician Assistan t
Biology requirements include BIOL 150, BIOL 230 (Zoology) BIOL 243, BIOL 325 (Microbiology) BIOL 341 and BIOL 342, BIOL 350
General Chemistry, Organic and Biochemistry (1 full year)
Statistics, PSYC 101 (intro), PSYC 236 (Childhood and Adolescence) and PSYC 336 (Adulthood and Aging), some also require PSYC 325 (Abnormal)

Chiropractic
BIOL 150, BIOL 230 (Zoology), BIOL 324 (Microbiology) BIOL 341 and BIOL 342 (A &P I, II)
CHEM 121 and CHEM 122 (General Chem), CHEM 231/ CHEM 236 and CHEM 232/ CHEM 237 (Organic), suggest Biochemistry but not required
PHYS 151/ PHYS 156 (General Physics with lab) and one of the following PHYS 152/ PHYS 157 (2nd semester physics)
PED 354 (Biomechanics)
MATH 226 (Stats)
PSYC 101 (General Psychology)
15 credits Social/Behavioral Sciences/Humanities

Contact Us

Biology
mark.s.bergland@uwrf.edu
715-425-3591
Fax 715-425-0738
414 Agricultural Science
611 South 3rd Street