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Undergraduate Course Requirements

Undergraduate Course Requirements

Most entering students complete a baccalaureate degree before enrolling. Students, however, may enroll with 90 semester hours of college work or without a baccalaureate degree, provided their academic record and intellectual capacity, dedication to service, capacity for effective interactions, and life experiences are comparable or superior to those students who complete the baccalaureate degree.

The following courses are required with at least a grade of a "C" from a fully accredited college or university in the U.S. and must be completed before or by the time of enrollment:   

Undergraduate Course Requirements

General Biology (with labs)

8 semester hrs. (or 12 quarter hrs.)

Advanced Biological Sciences

6 semester hrs. (or 9 quarter hrs.)

o   3 semester hrs. or 5 quarter hrs. of Biochemistry* is required

General Chemistry (with labs)

8 semester hrs. (or 12 quarter hrs.)

Organic Chemistry (with labs)

8 semester hrs. (or 12 quarter hrs.)

General Physics (with labs)

8 semester hrs. (or 12 quarter hrs.)

Math-Based Statistics**

3 semester hrs. (or 5 quarter hrs.)


6 semester hrs. (or 9 quarter hrs.)


47 semester hrs. 71 quarter hrs.


* The Biochemistry requirement may be used towards fulfilling part of the Biological Sciences requirement.  The course may be taught in the Biology, Biochemistry or Chemistry department.   It cannot be an introductory course, and it must be a course that is applied toward a baccalaureate degree in any traditional science field and designed for Biochemistry majors or an equivalent course.  For a one-semester required Biochemistry course the following need to be covered in the course material for it to satisfy the requirement: 

  • pH
  • Protein structure and function
  • Nucleic acid synthesis
  • Carbohydrate metabolism
  • Lipid structures and metabolism
  • Amino acid metabolism
  • Enzyme kinetics
  • Electron transport
  • Oxidative phosphorylation
  • One carbon


** The Statistics course should be taught in the Math or Statistics Department.  Statistics courses taught in other departments may be considered with appropriate documentation and approval of the Dean of Admissions.  Fundamentally, the course should:

  • Address methods that set up experiments that maximize a student's ability to draw meaningful conclusions
  • Explore designed and un-designed experiments involving factorial, nested, split and repeated measures
  • Explore regression and correlation
  • Exercise the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data

Policy on AP Credits, Credits by Exam, and Dual Credit

We generally prefer that applicants take the prerequisite courses at 4-year accredited colleges and universities rather than utilize advanced placement credits, credits by exam, dual-credit, pass/fail course work or community college courses.  We do not dismiss these credits; and, if they have been taken, we will accept them toward meeting the prerequisites.  In fact, if an applicant has placed out of a required level course, we will also accept another course in that discipline at the same or higher level.  Again, our preference is that applicants take graded courses at 4-year institutions, particularly the prerequisites in the biological sciences and the chemistry series.

Last edited by: ldiaz 09/01/2014

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