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 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. 

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 Semester Hours Second Semester Semester 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
PHILOSOPHY 100
Ethics and Intro to Philosophy
3 SOCIOLOGY 101
Introduction to Sociology
3
FINE ARTS
Elective
3 ENGLISH 101 or 115
English Composition or Rhetoric
3
Total 18 Total 18

Sophomore Year

First Semester Semester Hours Second Semester Semester 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
THEOLOGY 111
Theological Foundations
3 MATH 230
Differential Equations
3
Total 16 Total 16

Junior Year

First Semester Semester Hours Second Semester Semester Hours
PHYSICS 350
Theoretical Mechanics
3 BIOLOGY 230
Genetics (Elective)
3
BIOLOGY 440
Biochemistry
3 BIOLOGY 231
Genetics Laboratory (Elective)
3
PSYCHOLOGY 101
General Psychology
3 BIOLOGY 354
Human and Comparative Anatomy (Elective)
3
PHILOSOPHY 290
Theory of Knowledge
3 THEOLOGY
Scrip/Hist or Christ Sys Elective
3
HISTORY
Elective I
3 HISTORY
Elective II
3
FOREIGN LANGUAGE
Elective I
3 FOREIGN LANGUAGE
Elective II
3
    LITERATURE
Elective
3
Total 18 Total 18

Senior Year

First Semester Semester Hours Second Semester Semester 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
PHILOSOPHY 300 - 499 
Elective
3 THEOLOGY
Ethics or Rel/Cult Elective
3
ENGLISH / CLAS / SPAN 205
Literature & Moral Imagination
3 ER/S FOCUS
Elective
3
DIVERSITY CURRICULUM
Elective I
3 DIVERSITY CURRICULUM
Elective II
3
Total 16 Total 16

Note that ER/S and Diversity Curriculum requirements can be fulfilled with other core courses, although this is not always possible.

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