Biology Major and Prerequisites for the Accelerated Pharmacy Program with Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Requirements for a Major in Biology and to meet the prerequisites for the Accelerated Pharmacy Program with Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Required Biology courses(38 credits)
BI-140Introduction to Organismal Biology4
BI-141Intro to Cellular and Molecular Biology4
BI-200Human Biology (Or BI-161 Human Anatomy and Physiology I and BI-162 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (8 credits))4
BI-202Principles of Ecology4
BI-404Biology Seminar2
3 Upper Division Electives (300 or 400 level lab courses)12
Ancillary Requirements(29 credits)
MA-150Statistics I3
MA-190Pre-calculus (or Higher)4
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
Organic Chemistry I (lecture)
and Organic Chemistry II (lecture)
General Physics I
and General Physics II
or PY-241
Physics I (Mechanics)
and Physics II ( Electricity, Magnetism and Optics )
Accelerated Pharmacy Program(9 credits)
CH-203Organic Chemistry Laboratory I2
MA-200Calculus I4
Math or Computer Science Elective (e.g.: MA-190, MA-201, CS-101)3
Total Credits76

Department of Biology: WSU/MCPHS 3+3 Curriculum Guide for Biology Majors
Sample Timeline for Completion of Degree

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Semester OneCredits
EN-101 College Writing I 3
CH-120 General Chemistry I 4
BI-140 Introduction to Organismal Biology 4
LASCFirst-Year Seminar 3
MA-200 Calculus I 4
Semester Two
EN-102 College Writing II 3
CH-121 General Chemistry II 4
BI-141 Intro to Cellular and Molecular Biology 4
MA-201 Calculus II 4
LASCDistribution Elective (CON) 1 3
Year Two
Semester Three
BI-203 Genetics 4
Organic Chemistry I (lecture)
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
General Physics I 2
or Physics I (Mechanics)
LASCDistribution Elective (HBS) 3
Semester Four
BI-204 Microbiology 4
Organic Chemistry II (lecture)
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
General Physics II 2
or Physics II ( Electricity, Magnetism and Optics )
LASCLASC Elective (ICW) 3
Year Three
Semester Five
BI-200 Human Biology 4
MA-150 Statistics I 3
LASCDistribution Elective (USW) 3
LASCDistribution Elective (GP) 3
BI-202 Principles of Ecology 4
Semester Six
LASCDistribution Elective (CA) 4
BI-404 Biology Seminar 2
OptionalUpper Level Elective (Optional) 4
LASCDistribution Elective (TLC) 3
LASCDistribution Elective 3
 Total Credits101

Winter session or Summer after 1st and 2nd years: one course that meets LASC requirements (6 credits total). LASC requirements should include: Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to Sociology, a course that fulfills the Constitutions, Economics, and an upper level (beyond first semester) behavioral science (Psychology or Sociology).


PY-241 and can be taken in place of PY-221 andPY-222, however these should be taken concurrently with or after calculus. The 200 level Biology courses may be taken in any order.

Note: Total Credits taken at WSU=105. Remaining credits are transferred from MCPHS and fulfill upper level biology electives.

Students interested in pursuing the 3+3 Pharmacy program should meet with Dr. Daron Barnard in the Biology Department as early as possible in their undergraduate studies to ensure they are on track to apply for the program in the fall of their third year.

Students are required to meet with their academic advisor to review their courses for the upcoming semester. A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation.  First-year and transfer students with 45 or fewer credits at the time of admission shall complete two academic programs (a major/major or major/minor) to qualify for graduation.  For more information, please view the MajorPlus section of this catalog.