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
PHYS 170
University Physics I
3 PHYS 172
University Physics II
3
PHYS 171
Explorations in Physics
1 PHYS173
Explorations in Physics II
1
CHEM 160
General Chemistry I
3 CHEM 162
General Chemistry II
3
CHEM 161
General Chemistry I Lab
1 CHEM 163
General Chemistry II Lab
1
MATH 170
Calculus I
4 MATH 171
Calculus II
4
First Year Seminar 3 Theology 111 3
Total 15 Total 15

Sophomore Year

First Semester Credit Hours Second Semester Credit Hours
PHYS 330
Modern Physics I
3 PHYS 340
Modern Physics II
3
PHYS 331
Modern Physics I Lab
1 PHYS 341
Modern Physics II Lab
1
BIOL 160
General Biology I
3 BIOL 162
General Biology II
3
BIOL 161
General Biology I Lab
2 BIOL 163
General Biology II Lab
2
CHEM 240
Organic Chemistry I
3 CHEM 242
Organic Chemistry II
3
CHEM 241
Organic Chemistry I Lab
1 CHEM 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
PHYS 350
Theoretical Mechanics
3 BIOL 230
Genetics
3
BIOL 440
Biochemistry
3 BIOL 231
Genetics Lab
1
PSYC 101
General Psychology
3 BIOL 354
Vertebrate Anatomy
2
Second Language I 3 Second Language II 3
Philosophy 100 3 SOCI 101
Introduction to Sociology
3
DCR elective* (if needed) (3) PHIL 200
Philosophical Perspectives
3
    Writing Intensive elective* (if needed) (3)
Total 15 Total 15

Senior Year

First Semester Credit Hours Second Semester Credit Hours
PHYS / CHEM / BIOL elective 3 PHYS 387
Biophysics
3
PHYS 395
Physics Research
1 PHYS 398
Physics Thesis
1
PHYS elective 3 PHYS elective 3
Humanities elective 3 Creative Perspectives elective 3
Historical Perspectives electives 3 Theological Perspectives elective 3
Lit. & Moral Imagination 3 ER/S elective* (if needed) (3)
Total 16 Total 13

* May double count with other core or major 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

Note – Scientific Perspectives, Mathematical Perspectives, Natural Sciences, Oral Communications and Quantitative Reasoning electives satisfied in major.