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Pre-Health Professions Curriculum and Coursework

The courses listed below constitute the minimum requirements for an application to health profession programs. Students must  earn the grade of C or above in all pre-requisite coursework for the course to be counted in professional school applications.  Check with your major advisor to confirm the minimum grade necessary to meet major requirements:
    • One year of general biology with lab (BISC 1403, 1404 1413, 1414)
    • One year of general chemistry with lab (CHEM 1311, 1312, 1321, 1322, 1331, 1332)
    • One year of organic chemistry with lab* (CHEM 2521, 2522, 2541, 2542)
    • One year of general physics with lab (PHYS 1501, 1502, 1503, 1511, 1512) or (1601, 1602) or (1701, 1702)
    • One year of English (satisfied by core requirements)
*General chemistry, including labs, must be successfully completed before enrollment in organic chemistry.
 
Biology majors or minors should note that the biology and general chemistry foundation courses, plus all applicable labs (all listed above), must be successfully completed prior to enrollment in all upper division biology courses.


In addition, students beginning the premedical coursework in Fall 2012 and beyond will be required to take the following coursework, to meet the competencies for entrance into medical school:
    • One semester of biochemistry** (BISC 3521)
    • One semester of psychology (PSYC 1200)
    • One semester of sociology (SOCI 1100)
    • One semester of statistics (MATH 1205, SOCI 2050, ECON 2140, PSYC 2000)
**Biology, general chemistry and organic chemistry plus all labs must be completed before enrollment in Biochemistry.


All Pre-Health students, no matter what their primary fields of study, should learn the major concepts and skills of science and mathematics, and would be well served by taking additional upper-level science coursework to help prepare for standardized entrance exams. In addition, some health professional schools may require calculus as a prerequisite. It is the obligation of each student to investigate health professional schools’ websites for school specific requirements.



Pre-Health Program: Courses typically taken freshman year

Fall Semester
General Chemistry I (CHEM 1321) - 4 credits
General Chemistry I Recitation (CHEM 1311) - 0 credits
General Chemistry I Lab (CHEM 1331) - 2 credits
Introductory Biology I (BIOL 1403) - 4 credits
Introductory Biology I Lab (BIOL 1413) - 2 credits
Composition II (ENGL 1102) - 3 credits
Calculus or Philosophy or Theology - 3-4 credits
Pre-Health Symposium (SYRU 0001) - 1 credit


Spring Semester
General Chemistry II (CHEM 1322) - 4 credits
General Chemistry II Recitation (CHEM 1312) - 0 credits
General Chemistry II Lab (CHEM 1332) - 2 credits
Introductory Biology II (BIOL 1404) - 4 credits
Introductory Biology II Lab (BIOL 1414) - 2 credits
Calculus or Philosophy or Theology - 3-4 credits
History, Social Science, or Fine Arts - 3 credits







Alternate Scenarios for Completing Pre-Health track
This section details completion of the science coursework only
 
Not everyone will complete the coursework at the same pace, and it is never a problem to take the sciences at a slower pace, or to begin later than freshman year. Depending on when a student begins the pre-health curriculum, some coursework may need to be complete after graduation. In all cases, communication with your pre-health advisor is critical. Below are some, not all, alternate scenarios for completing the pre-health curriculum. 
 
Anyone interested in pursuing these or other scenarios should make an appointment with Dean Watts ASAP, by calling (718) 817-4710.

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Scenario 1 – Traditional Pace


Fall I

Biology I + lab

General Chemistry I + lab

 

Fall II                     

Organic Chemistry I + lab

Statistics

 

Fall III

Physics I + lab

Spring I

Biology II + lab

General Chemistry II + lab

Spring II
Organic Chemistry II + lab

Spring III
Biochemistry
Physics II + lab

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Scenario 2 – Testing the Science Waters


Fall I

Biology I + lab

  

Summer I

General Chemistry II + lab (4 weeks @ Fordham, or taken at another comparable institution, with permission of Class Dean.)


Fall II                     

Organic Chemistry I + lab

Statistics

 

Fall III

Physics I + lab

Spring I

Biology II + lab

General Chemistry I + lab

 



Spring II
Organic Chemistry II + lab

Spring III
Physics II + lab
Biochemistry

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Scenario 3 – Slow and Steady

Fall I

(nothing) 

 

Summer I

General Chemistry II + lab (4 weeks @ Fordham, or taken at another comparable institution, with permission of Class Dean.)

 

 

Fall II                     

Biology I + lab

 

Fall III

Organic Chemistry I + lab

 

Fall IV

Physics I + lab

Statistics

Spring I

General Chemistry I + lab

 



 

Spring II
Biology II + lab

Spring III
Organic Chemistry II + lab

Spring IV
Physics II + lab
Biochemistry

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Scenario IV – Physics major

Fall I

Biology I + lab

Physics I + lab

 

Fall II                     

General Chemistry I + lab

Statistics

 

Summer II

Organic Chemistry I and II + labs (4 weeks @ Fordham, or taken at another comparable institution, with permission of Class Dean.)

 
 

Fall III

(major requirements)

Spring I

Biology II + lab

Physics II + lab

 

Spring II
General Chemistry II + lab

 

 



Spring III

Biochemistry

 

 

 

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