Courses in the Program
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.
Of the 129 units required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Life Sciences, the major requires 77 and additional general education and other university requirements total 52.
A minimum of 32 units in Elective Courses must be taken for graduation. The purpose of these 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 required for the major. 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).