Major in Biotechnology, Concentration in Pre-Medicine

This concentration is intended for Biotechnology majors who aspire to attend medical school, dental school, or veterinary school after completing their undergraduate degree. The concentration is a means to ensure that students have the best possible academic preparation and advising as they prepare for these post-graduate programs. The Pre-Medical Concentration requirements include courses that are not part of the Biotechnology major but are designated as core prerequisites for these professional schools, as well as some additional courses that are not part of the core prerequisites but are strongly recommended. The concentration curriculum also includes a one-credit seminar taken during the sophomore or junior year that is designed to familiarize students with the requirements for admission to medical, dental, and veterinary schools. The seminar helps students develop personal plans for fulfilling these requirements so that they have the best possible chance of admission to post-graduate study. A first-year seminar targeted at pre-medical students is offered, but not required, for completion of the concentration.

Requirements for a Major in Biotechnology, Concentration in Pre-Medicine

Requirements for a Major in Biotechnology

BI-141Intro to Cellular and Molecular Biology4
BI-204Microbiology4
BT-375Tissue Culture4
BT-376Biotechnology4
BT-410Biotechnology Seminar1
CH-120
CH-121
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
8
CH-201
CH-203
Organic Chemistry I (lecture)
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
5
CH-210Chemical Analysis: an Introduction to Modern Methods5
CH-410Biochemistry I4
Major Electives(8 credits)
Select 8 credits from the following electives:8
Histology
Cancer Biology
Immunology
Advanced Topics in Cell and Molecular Biology
Virology
Medicinal Chemistry
Organic Chemistry II (lecture)
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (5)
Modern Physics
Biochemistry II
Fermentation Technology
Bioinformatics
Internship in Biotechnology
Green Chemistry
Computational Chemistry
Special Topics in Chemistry (Organometallics in Organic Synthesis)
And certain other BI-300, CH-300 and PY-300 level courses with Biotech coordinator approval.
Ancillary courses(26 credits)
MA-150Statistics I3
MA-190Pre-calculus (may be waived)4
MA-200Calculus I4
MA-201Calculus II4
or BI-203 Genetics
Select one of the following:3
Technical Writing
Business Communications
Microcomputer Applications
Select one of the following:8
General Physics I
and General Physics II (8)
Physics I (Mechanics)
and Physics II (electricity, Magnetism and Optics) (8)
Total Credits73

Pre-Medical Concentration Requirements

In addition to the requirements of the Biotechnology major, the following are required:

BI-140Introduction to Organismal Biology4
BI-203Genetics4
BI-211Pre-Medical Seminar: Preparing for a Career in Medicine1
CH-202Organic Chemistry II (lecture)3
CH-204Organic Chemistry Laboratory II2
Total Credits14


 

Sample Timeline for Completion of Degree

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Semester OneCredits
EN-101 College Writing I 1 3
CH-120 General Chemistry I 4
MA-190 Pre-calculus 2 4
BI-140 Introduction to Organismal Biology 4
LASCFirst Year Seminar (FYS) 3
 Credits18
Semester Two
EN-102 College Writing II 1 3
CH-121 General Chemistry II 4
MA-200 Calculus I 4
BI-141 Intro to Cellular and Molecular Biology 4
LASCElective (HBS) 3 3
 Credits18
Year Two
Semester Three
BI-204 Microbiology 4
CH-201 Organic Chemistry I (lecture) 3
CH-203 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 2
PY-221
General Physics I
or Physics I (Mechanics)
4
LASCElective (ICW) 3 3
 Credits16
Semester Four
BI-211 Pre-Medical Seminar: Preparing for a Career in Medicine 1
PY-222
General Physics II
or Physics II ( Electricity, Magnetism and Optics)
4
CH-202 Organic Chemistry II (lecture) 3
CH-204 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II 2
MA-150 Statistics I 4 3
 Credits13
Year Three
Semester Five
CH-410 Biochemistry I 4
BI-203 Genetics 4
LASCElective (CON) 3 3
Select one of the following: 3
Technical Writing  
Business Communications  
Microcomputer Applications  
 Credits14
Semester Six
CH-210 Chemical Analysis: an Introduction to Modern Methods 5
BI/BT-3XX+BI or BT Upper Level Elective 4
LASCElective (TLC) 3 3
LASCElective (USW) 3 3
 Credits15
Year Four
Semester Seven
BT-376 Biotechnology 4
BT-240
Research Experience for Undergraduates
or Advanced Research Experience
1-6
BI/BT-3XX+BI or BT Upper Level Elective 4
LASCElective (GP) 3 3
LASCElective (CA) 3 3
 Credits15-20
Semester Eight
BT-375 Tissue Culture 4
BT-240
Research Experience for Undergraduates 5
or Advanced Research Experience
1-6
BT-410 Biotechnology Seminar 1
SELECTFree Elective 3
SELECTFree Elective 3
 Credits12-17
 Total Credits121-131

EN-101 and EN-102 satisfies LASC writing.

MA-190 requires Accuplacer score of 6 or higher, or pass MA-180 with a C- or higher.

Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental students should take either PS-101 (General Psychology) or SO-100 (Introduction to Sociology) to fulfill the LASC HBS requirement. The sequence of LASC courses marked with 3 is a suggestion but serves as a reminder that LASC designated courses must be taken to satisfy the LASC requirements. A course that satisfies the LASC DAC requirement must be taken, but may also count toward one of the LASC content areas; LASC WAC and QAC requirements are satisfied within the major requirements.

MA-150 requires an Accuplacer score of 4 or higher.

BT-240 (Research Experience for Undergraduates) is recommended research experience for majors. BT-440 (Advanced Research Experience) requires completion of BI-205 (Research Techniques and Experimental Design) and counts for the “Honors in Biotechnology” program.