Overview

Do you have dreams of becoming a doctor, dentist, or veterinarian? Becoming a pre-professional major at SMWC will prepare you for advanced study in professional schools including:

  • Medical school
  • Dental school
  • Veterinary school
  • Optometry school
  • Pharmacy school
  • Master’s program in physical therapy
  • Other allied health professions

The pre-professional studies major is recommended for those who will be pursuing additional professional training. Since many of the professional schools are very selective in their admission procedures, this department has a policy of selective admission to this program. Only juniors who we feel have an excellent chance of success in the professional school of their choice are admitted to this major. Students take courses in the biology major until their junior year.

Since this program has the expectation of further study in competitive fields, there is an application process to enter the program. Students who have earned over 15 hours in the sciences with the appropriate grade point average (which differs depending on the professional program to which they aspire), may apply for admission to this program. The criteria for selection are preparation for the professional program, likelihood of admittance to professional program, and suitability of the student to the professional careers. Until entry into the program, students generally pursue the biology major.

Major

Please contact your academic advisor to customize this program for your intended professional school enrollment.

Required Courses

54 credit hours required; All courses listed.

BI 141/142 Principles of Biology I/II
Campus & Online | 4 each Credits
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A study of the major unifying concepts of biology at the molecular, cellular and organismic level, including a survey of the major groups of living organisms. Three one-hour lectures and one two-hour lab per week. Fall (141) and Spring (142), every year. Course fee.

Campus & Online 4 each Credits
BI 225 Science Communications I
Campus & Online | 0 Credits
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Critical study of current research issues in biology conducted in seminar fashion. Student research and the oral presentation of biological problems are major components of the course.

Campus & Online 0 Credits
BI 226 Science Communications II
Campus & Online | 0 Credits
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A continuation of BI 225.

Campus & Online 0 Credits
BI 325 Science Communications III
Campus & Online | 1 Credit
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Critical study of current research issues in biology conducted in seminar fashion. Student research and development of undergraduate research proposal are major components of the course.

Campus & Online 1 Credit
BI 326 Science Communications IV
Campus & Online | 1 Credit
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A continuation of BI 325. Finalization of undergraduate research proposal and oral presentation of proposed project are major components of this course.

Campus & Online 1 Credit
BI 334 Physiology
Campus & Online | 4 Credits
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Study of the basic principles and phenomena of living organisms, interpretation of the various physio-chemical processes in animal and human metabolism; training in the physiological techniques. Designed principally for science majors. Three one-hour lectures and one two-hour lab per week. Course fee. Prerequisites: BI 141, BI 142, CH 115 and CH 116.

Campus & Online 4 Credits
BI 342 Genetics
Campus & Online | 4 Credits
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Introduction to basic principles of heredity and variation including classical, molecular and population genetics. Three one-hour lectures and one two-hour lab per week. Course fee. Prerequisites: BI 141 and BI 142.

Campus & Online 4 Credits
BI 411/412 Undergraduate Research
Campus & Online | 2/1 Credits
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A two-stage course under the supervision of a research adviser concerning the basic principles of research and problem solving methods in the biological sciences. The first stage consists of the actual research/internship to be completed by end of the first semester of senior year. The second stage consists of completion of research, data analysis, and preparation for communication.

Campus & Online 2/1 Credits
BI 426 Science Communications VI
Campus & Online | 1 Credit
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Critical study of current research issues in biology conducted in seminar fashion. Student research and the oral presentation of biological problem are major components of the course.

Campus & Online 1 Credit
CH 115 General Chemistry I
Campus & Online | 4 Credits
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Introduces the basic chemical concepts of atomic structure, periodicity, and the chemical reactions of both gases and solutions, and the thermodynamics of these reactions. Three one-hour lectures and one three-hour lab per week. Fall, every year. Course fee. Prerequisite: One year of high school chemistry or consent of instructor.

Campus & Online 4 Credits
CH 116 General Chemistry II
Campus & Online | 4 Credits
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A continuation of the concepts presented in CH 115 as they pertain to reaction kinetics, thermodynamics, and equilibrium and acid-base and precipitation, and redox reactions. The concepts behind solids and liquids are also presented. A brief introduction to organic chemistry is included in the course topics. Three one-hour lectures and one three-hour lab per week. Spring, every year. Course fee. Prerequisite: CH 115.

Campus & Online 4 Credits
CH 222 Organic Chemistry I
Campus | 4 Credits
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Studies the reactivity of functionalized hydrocarbons through the use of mechanism and orbital considerations. Unsaturated hydrocarbons as well as functional groups containing oxygen and sulfur are considered. Laboratory offers instruction in technique. Three one-hour lectures and one three-hour lab per week. Fall, every year. Course fee. Prerequisite: CH 116.

Campus 4 Credits
CH 322 Organic Chemistry II
Campus | 4 Credits
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Continuation of CH 222 considering additional functional groups such as aromatics, carboxylic acids, esters, and amines. In addition to synthesis, the interpretation of organic spectra is used as a tool for critical thinking. Biochemistry topics that pertain to organic spectra are used as tools for critical thinking. Biochemistry topics that pertain to organic topics are introduced. Laboratory offers instruction in synthesis. Three one-hour lectures and one three-hour lab per week. Spring, every year. Course fee. Prerequisite: CH 222.

Campus 4 Credits
CH 323 Biochemistry
Campus | 4 Credits
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One semester introductory course designed to give students an appreciation of the dynamic nature of life processes. Chemistry of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, nucleic acids and enzymes are studied and considered in their role in metabolism. Some modern biochemical reactions and isolation of compounds from natural sources are included. Three lectures and one three-hour lab. Course fee. Prerequisites: CH 222 and CH 322, or consent of instructor.

Campus 4 Credits
PY 220/221 General Physics I/II
Campus | 4 each Credits
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Qualitative and quantitative study of the manifestations of energy in the kinetic theory of matter. Newtonian mechanics, wave motions, heat and thermodynamics, vibratory motion and sound, magnetism and electricity, light, modern physics and radioactivity. Three one-hour lectures and one two-hour lab per week. Course fee. Prerequisite: Knowledge of algebra, trigonometry and vectors.

Campus 4 each Credits
PY 220/221 General Physics I/II
Campus | 4 each Credits
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Qualitative and quantitative study of the manifestations of energy in the kinetic theory of matter. Newtonian mechanics, wave motions, heat and thermodynamics, vibratory motion and sound, magnetism and electricity, light, modern physics and radioactivity. Three one-hour lectures and one two-hour lab per week. Course fee. Prerequisite: Knowledge of algebra, trigonometry and vectors.

Campus 4 each Credits

Recommended for Woods Core:

MA 121 Calculus I
Campus | 3 Credits
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Derivatives and integrals of functions of a single variable. Concepts and applications are studied from graphical, numerical and symbolic points of view. Graphing technology and symbolic algebra software are used. Writing assignments and projects are included. Every year. Prerequisite for MA 121: four years of college preparatory mathematics, MA 113, MA 117 or MA 120.

Campus 3 Credits

Information about Course Requirements

We do our best to keep this information updated, but you should always double-check to ensure you are meeting graduation requirements. For the most current course requirements please review the latest undergraduate college catalog.  Always consult your academic advisor when registering for courses or when you have questions about course requirements.

Career Paths

This heavy concentration on science courses is a good preview of academic work at professional schools and has proven to be an excellent preparation for students who have gone on to professional training.

Recent graduates of this program have been accepted to:

  • Medical school
  • Osteopathic school
  • Dental school
  • Veterinary schools
  • Optometry schools
  • Physical therapy programs