Bachelor of Science in Biology (Pre-Med)

Website: https://twu.edu/biology/undergraduate-programs/bachelor-of-science-in-biology-for-pre-health-professions/

Our bachelor's degree in Biology (Pre-Medicine track) is your first step toward a career as a health professional. During our four-year program, you'll develop a comprehensive understanding of the principles of biology, chemistry, physics, physiology, microbiology, molecular biology, and cellular biology. The broad background provided by our bachelor's degree provides excellent preparation for those seeking admission into medical, dental, and veterinary programs.  The curriculum is designed to meet all course prerequisites for medical school and also provides a strong foundation for preparing for the MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test).  Students on this track are encouraged to visit the Pre-Health Resources site to learn more about medical school admissions procedures, shadowing and internship opportunities, writing your personal statement, and other valuable guidance and information.

Marketable Skills

Defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 60x30 Strategic Plan as, "Those skills valued by employers that can be applied in a variety of work settings, including interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skills areas. These skills can be either primary or complementary to a major and are acquired by students through education, including curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities."

  1. Written and oral communication skills.
  2. ​Demonstrate critical thinking by using logic and reasoning to interpret scientific results.
  3. Ability to design and conduct properly controlled experiments.
  4. Utilize modern scientific instruments and methods.
  5. ​Work collaboratively as part of a team to perform, analyze, and present research.
  6. ​Ability to understand and comply with laboratory safety guidelines.
  7. Appreciate the requirements for a successful career in the health professions.  

Admissions

All applicants must meet the general undergraduate admission requirements.

Degree Requirements

Total Semester Credit Hours (SCH): 120-121    

Major: 36 SCH;  Required Minor: 18 SCH (Chemistry is the recommended minor)

Program Code: BIOLOGY.BS;  CIP Code: 26.0101.00 

A minimum grade of C is mandatory in all required courses for Biology majors.

Texas Core Curriculum

ENG 1013Composition I3
ENG 1023Composition II3
Mathematics3
Life & Physical Sciences6
Language, Philosophy, & Culture3
Creative Arts3
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-18653
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present3
POLS 2013U.S. National Government3
POLS 2023Texas Government3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
CAO: Women's Studies3
CAO: First Year Seminar, Wellness or Mathematics3
Total SCHs42

Courses Required for Major

BIOL 1113
BIOL 1111
Principles of Biology I
and Principles of Biology I Laboratory
4
BIOL 1123
BIOL 1121
Principles of Biology II
and Principles of Biology II Laboratory
4
BACT 3113
BACT 3111
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Laboratory
4
BIOL 4681Biology Seminar1
BIOL 4813
BIOL 4811
Molecular and Cellular Biology: Gene Expression
and Molecular and Cellular Biology: Gene Expression Laboratory
4
BIOL 4823
BIOL 4821
Molecular and Cellular Biology: Genetics and Inheritance
and Molecular and Cellular Biology: Genetics and Inheritance Laboratory
4
ZOOL 4243
ZOOL 4241
Medical Physiology
and Medical Physiology Laboratory
4
Biology Elective11
Biology Elective hours must include coursework appropriate for science majors. The following courses are not acceptable electives: BACT 1003/BACT 1001, BIOL 1013,BIOL 1023, BIOL 1033, and BIOL 1223.
Total SCHs36

Departmental Requirements

CHEM 1113
CHEM 1111
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry Laboratory I
4
CHEM 1123
CHEM 1121
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry Laboratory II
4
CHEM 2213
CHEM 2211
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
4
CHEM 3223
CHEM 3221
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
4
CHEM 3633
CHEM 3632
Biochemistry I
and Biochemistry I Laboratory
5
MATH 1303Elementary Analysis I (may be applied from core)3-4
or MATH 2014 Calculus I
MATH 1703Elementary Statistics I (may be applied from core)3
PSY 1013Introduction to General Psychology3
Select one of the following3
Developmental Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
SOCI 1013Introductory Sociology3
Select one of the following4
Principles of Physics I
and Principles of Physics Laboratory I (may be applied from core)
General Physics I
and General Physics Laboratory I
Select one of the following4
Principles of Physics II
and Principles of Physics Laboratory II (may be applied from core)
General Physics II
and General Physics Laboratory II
Electives - Select two of the following6
Developmental Sexuality
Health Aspects of Human Sexuality
Medical Terminology
Introduction to Nutrition
Bioethics (fulfills Language, Philosophy, Culture Core)
Elementary Spanish
Elementary Spanish
Total SCHs50-51

 Students must satisfy the 3 SCH global perspectives graduation requirement.

Recommended Plan of Study

First Year
FallTCCNSCHs
BIOL 1113
BIOL 1111
Principles of Biology I
and Principles of Biology I Laboratory
BIOL 1406
& BIOL 1106
4
CHEM 1113
CHEM 1111
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 1311
& CHEM 1111
4
Choose one of the following3-4
Elementary Analysis I MATH 1314 
Calculus I MATH 2413 
ENG 1013Composition I ENGL 13013
UNIV 1231Learning Frameworks: The First Year Experience EDUC 1100, EDUC 1200, EDUC 13001
 SCHs 15-16
SpringTCCN
BIOL 1123
BIOL 1121
Principles of Biology II
and Principles of Biology II Laboratory
BIOL 1407
& BIOL 1107
4
CHEM 1123
CHEM 1121
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry Laboratory II
CHEM 1312
& CHEM 1112
4
MATH 1703Elementary Statistics I MATH 13423
PSY 1013Introduction to General Psychology PSYC 23013
ENG 1023Composition II ENGL 13023
 SCHs 17
Second Year
FallTCCN
CHEM 2213
CHEM 2211
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 2323
& CHEM 2123
4
Choose one of the following4
Principles of Physics I
and Principles of Physics Laboratory I
PHYS 1301
& PHYS 1101
 
General Physics I
and General Physics Laboratory I
PHYS 2325
& PHYS 2125
 
Choose one of the following3
Developmental Psychology PSYC 2314 
Abnormal Psychology PSYC 2320 
POLS 2013U.S. National Government GOVT 23053
 SCHs 14
SpringTCCN
BACT 3113
BACT 3111
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Laboratory
4
CHEM 3223
CHEM 3221
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
4
Choose one of the following4
Principles of Physics II
and Principles of Physics Laboratory II
PHYS 1302
& PHYS 1102
 
General Physics II
and General Physics Laboratory II
PHYS 2326
& PHYS 2126
 
POLS 2023Texas Government GOVT 23063
 SCHs 15
Third Year
FallTCCN
BIOL 4813
BIOL 4811
Molecular and Cellular Biology: Gene Expression
and Molecular and Cellular Biology: Gene Expression Laboratory
4
CHEM 3633
CHEM 3632
Biochemistry I
and Biochemistry I Laboratory
5
PHIL 3073Bioethics 3
SOCI 1013Introductory Sociology SOCI 13013
 SCHs 15
SpringTCCN
BIOL 4823
BIOL 4821
Molecular and Cellular Biology: Genetics and Inheritance
and Molecular and Cellular Biology: Genetics and Inheritance Laboratory
4
ZOOL 4243
ZOOL 4241
Medical Physiology
and Medical Physiology Laboratory
4
Multicultural Women's Studies CAO Core3
Creative Arts Core3
 SCHs 14
Fourth Year
FallTCCN
BIOL 4681Biology Seminar 1
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-1865 HIST 13013
Biology Elective3
Biology Elective4
Upper-level General Elective3
 SCHs 14
SpringTCCN
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present HIST 13023
Biology Elective4
Upper-level General Elective3
Upper-level General Elective3
Elective 3
 SCHs 16
 Total SCHs:  120-121