Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences
The pre-professional program designed to meet the basic requirements for admission to colleges or schools of nursing, dentistry, podiatry, optometry, pharmacy, and medicine.
The Life Sciences Program will prepare students to pursue advanced degrees in the health professions and matriculation in post- baccalaureate programs in the health sciences. The curriculum is designed to meet the basic requirements for admission to colleges and schools of nursing, dentistry, podiatry, optometry, pharmacy, and medicine. In addition, students interested in pursuing advanced degrees in areas such as audiology, physical therapy, physician assistant, and public health will also find the appropriate background in this major.
Students are immersed in a comprehensive program, rarely offered at the undergraduate level in other colleges and universities, that will give them:
- A fundamental understanding of the natural sciences through the traditional pre-medical courses: biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics.
- The opportunity to choose elective courses to tailor a program of study that fits personal career goals.
- An excellent liberal arts education through core university courses such as history, anthropology, logic and English.
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Requirements for the Major: 130 Units
Lower Division Required Courses (50 Units)
BMS 130 ABL General Biology
BMS 140ABL General Chemistry
BMS200 Leadership Seminar I
BMS210ABL Organic Chemistry
MTH230 Calculus I
MTH231 Calculus II
PHY250 General Physics I
PHY251 General Physics II
PSY141 General Psychology
PHE250 Community Health Issues
Upper Division Required Courses (14 Units)
BMS310ABL Anatomy & physiology
BMS400 Leadership Seminar II
BMS450 Ethics in Research
PHE450 Senior Health Seminar and Capstone
PHE451 Research Methods/Stats
General Education Requirements (33 Units)
Electives (32 Units)
The basic course requirements for different health professions are virtually the same: two semesters each of English Composition and Mathematics; two semesters each of General Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and General Physics, all with labs.
Health-related elective courses such as Health and the Creative Arts or Community Health Issues, provide additional perspectives on medicine.
The purpose of elective courses is:
- To build up a background in one area of life sciences
- To broaden the student’s knowledge of biomedical disciplines and greatly enhance the academic preparation of individuals seeking future entry into human or veterinary medical, dental, or pharmacologic professional degree programs.
- To facilitate career advancement of individuals employed in the areas of biomedical research and general science education.
A list of available Electives can be obtained from the department during the registration period for each semester.
Successful completion of the major requires a minimum C (2.0) overall grade point average in all courses. At least 15 units of upper division course work that fulfills major requirements must be taken in residence (not to include courses graded CR/NC).
Application filing periods
The Life Sciences program starts only once every year in the Fall semester. The date below is a recommended deadline; however, the program offers rolling admissions and applications are considered until the class is filled.
- March 1 (Priority Deadline: December 1)
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