Pre-health Options

Students who wish to study physics while preparing for medical, dental, or veterinary school can do so either through the biophysics program or the applied physics program.  Both options can be tailored to align with the AAMC (American Association of Medical Colleges) newly established guidelines of minimum coursework required for MCAT preparation, which include 10 hours in Biology, 19 hours in Chemistry, 8 hours in Physics, 3 hours in Math, 3 hours in Intro. to Social Science, 3 hours in General Psychology. All of the MCAT requirements need to be completed before the student takes the test, usually during the second semester of their junior year.


In addition it is suggested that, if possible, Genetics (BIOL 230/231) be taken in order to be in line with the minimal competences for entry to medical schools that are also established by AAMC. Some medical school programs also require a course in Anatomy (BIOL 354). 

The following block schedule serves as a guideline for progress toward a degree in Biophysics that also meets all of the MCAT requirements by the second semester of the junior year.

Freshman Year

First Semester Credit Hours Second Semester Credit Hours
PHYSICS 170
University Physics I
3 PHYSICS 172
University Physics II
3
PHYSICS 171
Explorations in Physics
1 PHYSICS 173
Explorations in Physics II
1
CHEMISTRY 160
General Chemistry I
3 CHEMISTRY 162
General Chemistry II
3
CHEMISTRY 161
General Chemistry I Lab
1 CHEMISTRY 163
General Chemistry II Lab
1
MATH 170
Calculus I
4 MATH 171
Calculus II
4
FIRST YEAR SEMINAR 3 SOCIOLOGY 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
Total 15 Total 15

Sophomore Year

First Semester Credit Hours Second Semester Credit Hours
PHYSICS 330
Modern Physics I
3 PHYSICS 340
Modern Physics II
3
PHYSICS 331
Modern Physics I Lab
1 PHYSICS 341
Modern Physics II Lab
1
BIOLOGY 160
General Biology I
3 BIOLOGY 162
General Biology II
3
BIOLOGY 161
General Biology I Lab
2 BIOLOGY 163
General Biology II Lab
2
CHEMISTRY 240
Organic Chemistry I
3 CHEMISTRY 242
Organic Chemistry II
3
CHEMISTRY 241
Organic Chemistry I Lab
1 CHEMISTRY 243
Organic Chemistry II Lab
1
COMPOSITION 100 or RHETORIC 115 3 MATH 230
Differential Equations
3
Total 16 Total 16

Junior Year

First Semester Credit Hours Second Semester Credit Hours
PHYSICS 350
Theoretical Mechanics
3 BIOLOGY 230
Genetics
3
BIOLOGY 440
Biochemistry
3 BIOLOGY 231
Genetics Lab
1
PSYCHOLOGY 101
General Psychology
3 BIOLOGY 354
Vertebrate Anatomy
2
SECOND LANGUAGE 102 3 SECOND LANGUAGE 201 3
PHILOSOPHY 100 3 THEOLOGY 111 3
DCR FLAG* (IF NEEDED) (3) PHILOSOPHICAL  PERSPECTIVE 3
    WRITING FLAG* (IF NEEDED) (3)
Total 15 Total 15

Senior Year

First Semester Credit Hours Second Semester Credit Hours
PHYS / CHEM / BIOL
Elective
3 PHYSICS 387
Biophysics
3
PHYSICS 395
Physics Research
1 PHYSICS 398
Physics Thesis
1
PHYSICS
Elective
3 PHYSICS
Elective
3
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE 3 CREATIVE PERSPECTIVE 3
HISTORICAL  PERSPECTIVES 3 THEOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES 3
LIT. & MORAL IMAGINATION 3 WRITING FLAG* or FREE ELECTIVE (3)
Total 16 Total 13

*DCR, ER/S and Writing flags can be satisfied through required core courses.

15 credit hours of natural sciences elective courses (at least 5 hours must be in physics) from the following:

  • BIOL: 222, 230, 231, 354, 360, 410, 411, 450, 451
  • CHEM: 220, 320, 322, 325, 330, 340, 341
  • PHYS: 242, 243, 355, 360, 364, 365, 376, 377, 382