Biology Curriculum

Major Program
Required Courses (62 – 68 semester hours)

Core Courses (43 semester hours)
BIOL 150 Fundamentals of Ecology and Evolution 3
BIOL 151 Beginning Investigative Experiences in Biology 2
BIOL 160 Cell Biology 4
BIOL 255 Genetics 4
BIOL 345 Perspectives in Evolution 3

BIOL 375 Advanced Investigative Experiences in Biology I 3
BIOL 376 Advanced Investigative Experiences in Biology II 3
BIOL 410 Senior Seminar 3
CHEM 121/3 General Chemistry I and Lab 5
CHEM 122/4 General Chemistry II and Lab 5
CHEM 224/5 Organic Chemistry I and Lab 4
PSCI 111 General Physics I 4

Choose one of the following (4 -5 semester hours)
MATH 175 Statistics 4
MATH 181 Calculus with Analytic Geometry 5
MATH 170 Business Calculus 5

Electives (15 – 20 semester hours)
BIOL XXX 5 Biology Elective courses 15-20
Three of the five courses must be upper level courses (300 – 483)

Pre-Professional Options

The University of St. Francis offers excellent undergraduate preparation for medical, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, veterinary medicine and other health related professional schools. USF does not offer a specific “pre-med, pre-dent, or pre-professional” major. Few colleges in the United States do because there is not a specific major required for admission to professional schools. USF does offer a biology degree with a pre-professional track for students interested in pursuing careers in athletic training, dentistry, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant or veterinary medicine. Therefore, USF students complete a core of courses which prepare them for entrance into professional school and still enjoy the freedom and flexibility to design a curriculum in advanced science courses which are appropriate to their interests.

Pre-Athletic Training
Graduate programs in athletic training are looking for students who have completed a core of specific work in biology, chemistry, math and physics and who have performed at a high academic level. Athletic training graduate schools also require volunteer other specific types of clinical experience outside the classroom (i.e. experience in an athletic training facility). In addition, coursework required in the humanities and social sciences may vary by school.

Pre-Dentistry
Dental Schools are looking for students who have completed a core of specific work in biology, chemistry, math and physics and who have performed at a high academic level. Dental schools may also require volunteer work or other specific types of clinical experience outside the classroom. In addition, coursework required in the humanities and social sciences may vary by school.

Pre-Medicine
Medical schools are looking for students who have completed a core of specific course work in biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics and who have performed at a high academic level. Medical schools may also require volunteer work or other specific types of clinical experience outside the classroom. In addition, coursework required in the humanities and social sciences may vary by school.

Pre-Optometry
Optometry schools are looking for students who have completed a core of specific course work in biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics and who have performed at a high academic level. Optometry schools may also require volunteer work or other specific types of clinical experience outside the classroom. In addition, coursework required in the social sciences (sociology and psychology) and statistics will likely be required by most optometry programs.

Pre-Pharmacy
Pharmacy schools are looking for students who have completed a core of specific course work in biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics and who have performed at a high academic level. Pharmacy schools may also require volunteer work or other specific types of clinical experience outside the classroom. In addition, coursework required in the humanities and social sciences may vary by school.

Pre-Physical Therapy
Physical therapy schools are looking for students who have completed a core of specific course work in biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics and who have performed at a high academic level. Pharmacy schools may also require volunteer work or other specific types of clinical experience outside the classroom. Additional coursework may be required by individual PT programs in such areas as psychology, sociology, and statistics; however, it is important to check with the individual program to determine specific requirements.

Pre-Physician Assistant
Physician assistant schools are looking for students who have completed a core of specific course work in biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics and who have performed at a high academic level. Almost all PA schools require volunteer work or other specific types of clinical experience outside the classroom. Additional coursework may be required by individual PA programs in such areas as psychology, sociology, medical terminology and statistics; however, it is important to check with the individual program to determine specific requirements.

Pre-Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary schools are looking for students who have completed a core of specific course work in biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics and who have performed at a high academic level. Veterinary schools may also require volunteer work or other specific types of clinical experience outside the classroom. In addition, coursework required in the humanities and social sciences may vary by school.