Jun 28, 2022
The pre-professional concentration is appropriate for students who wish to apply to medical, dental, veterinary, or other professional programs. The curriculum is designed to provide the necessary prerequisite coursework and opportunities for students to acquire sufficient foundational knowledge in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics to prepare for the rigor of these programs.
Criteria for Admission to Program
Students pursuing a degree in biology are officially admitted to the program upon satisfying the following criteria:
2.0 GPA for all university work completed at time of admission to program.
Grades of C or better in the following core courses:
Minimum Graduation Requirements (120 credit hours)
C or Better On All Courses Toward The Major.
Core Requirements (53 credit hours)
Biology (23 credit hours)
Chemistry (16 credit hours)
Physics (8 credit hours)
The Department of Biology strongly recommends that students take PHYS 203 and PHYS 204 .
Mathematics (3-4 credit hours)
The Department of Biology strongly recommends that students take MATH 170 .
Capstone (3-4 credit hours)
Electives in the Major (12 credit hours)
At least 4 credit hours must come from at least two of the following categories: cellular and molecular biology, organismal biology, and ecology and evolution. A course used to fulfill the requirement in one category may not be used again to fulfill the requirement in another category. At least 4 credit hours must come from 300 or 400-level courses. At least two courses must have a lab component.
Students are strongly encouraged to select electives by carefully researching program specific prerequisite course work. For example, admission requirements to most medical schools do not include anatomy and physiology. However, admission requirements to programs leading to a Doctor of Physical Therapy generally do include two semesters of anatomy and physiology with labs.
Special topics courses (BIOL 299 , BIOL 399 ,BIOL 499 ), seminar (BIOL 391 ), directed research (BIOL 392 ), and internships (BIOL 493 ) are assigned a specific category at the time they are offered.
Cellular and Molecular Biology
Additional Requirements (19 credit hours)
VALUES Core (36 credit hours)
Vocation, Application, and Learning in the Undergraduate Experience for Students
Chowan VALUES (18 credit hours)
*Personal and Civic VALUES (6 credit hours)
These 6 credit hours must be from 2 different disciplines. Disciplines are designated by prefixes. Personal and Civic VALUES courses allow students to develop self and identity and explore the individual’s role in and impact on society. Personal and Civic VALUES courses are designated in the Academic Catalog and designated in the Class Schedule with PV. To view a list of approved Personal and Civic VALUES courses, click VALUES Core.
*Historical and Global VALUES (3 credit hours)
Historical and Global VALUES courses engage students in critical analysis of the past to understand how knowledge of history helps them to navigate their future. These courses also encourage students to ask critical questions about global issues and challenges. Historical and Global VALUES courses are designated in the Academic Catalog and designated in the Class Schedule with HV. To view a list of approved Historical and Global VALUES courses, click VALUES Core.
*Scientific VALUES (3 credit hours)
Scientific VALUES courses enable students to develop the skills necessary to employ the scientific method and assess the way evidence-based knowledge affects the understanding of self, others, and the world. These courses encourage students to explore the physical, natural, and behavioral world. Scientific VALUES courses are designated in the Academic Catalog and designated in the Class Schedule with SV. To view a list of approved Scientific VALUES courses, click VALUES Core.
*Cultural and Diversity VALUES (6 credit hours)
These 6 credit hours must be from 2 different disciplines and at least 3 of these 6 credit hours must be 200 level or higher. Disciplines are designated by prefixes. Cultural and Diversity VALUES courses prepare students to interact with people from diverse backgrounds and thrive in an interconnected world. These courses introduce students to an understanding of diverse cultures, arts, and communities. Cultural and Diversity VALUES courses are designated in the Academic Catalog and designated in the Class Schedule with CV. To view a list of approved Cultural and Diversity VALUES courses, click VALUES Core .
These 18 credit hours must include 3 credit hours of social or behavioral science and 3 credit hours of humanities or fine arts. Social or behavioral sciences include geography, history, sociology, political science, psychology, or economics. Humanities or fine arts include philosophy, music, literature, drama, art, or religion.
Students can “double count” up to 6 credit hours of these 18 credit hours for both their major and general education. However, students cannot use a course to fulfill both the VALUES Core and the Global Learning Core.
To qualify for a baccalaureate degree, a student must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours, meet the university’s VALUES Core requirements, and meet any specific requirements of the major.