This concentration provides a solid foundation in biology and the flexibility to meet prerequisites for graduate and professional programs for a variety of health professions. Students who intend to pursue graduate and/or professional training in physical therapy, nursing, physicians assistant programs, occupational therapy and other similar programs will be well served in this concentration. (Please note that the biomedical concentration is recommended for pre-medical students.) Students need to be aware of any specific requirements of particular graduate/professional programs that are not included in the health professions concentration so that they can work with their advisor to make arrangements for any additional courses as needed. Pre-nursing students should normally plan to take BIO 220, BIO 221 and BIO 340 as electives, and PSY 100 for the Core Social Science requirement (SSC). Pre-physical therapy students should normally plan to take BIO 220, BIO 221 and BIO 322 as electives.
The core and distribution requirements for a major in biology are those listed for baccalaureate degrees with the exception that CHE 121 General Chemistry I is fulfilling the natural science lab requirement, and is already required for the major.