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Biology Major/Prehealth Biology Track

Biology majors with a primary interest in entering a health profession (medical, dental, veterinary, etc.) can meet the general requirements for the prehealth professional while fulfilling the Biology major requirements. The curricula here provide some examples, but are not the only possibilities, for this track. These examples are for a Biology major planning on applying to medical school after his or her junior year. Curricula for the other health professions are similar, but not identical, and are different for students wishing to apply later than their junior year to a health professions graduate program. It is important that prehealth students meet with the Chair, or a member, of the Premedical and Predental Advisory Committe to develop a course of study that best meets their individual needs and desires.

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General Prehealth course requirements for the Prehealth Biology Track

Natural Sciences Mathematics* Social Sciences* Humanities*
Introductory Biology 101/102 Calculus 120/121** Psychology 101 English 020/110***
Introductory Chemistry 101/102    
Physics 110/111      
Organic Chemistry 131/132      
* Unlike the basic natural science requirements, these requirements vary from school to school, and some schools may not list them as requirements. They may expect you to have them, or something like these courses, in your undergraduate background when you apply to these schools. You must check with your prehealth advisor for guidance concerning these requirements for the health professions schools to which you plan on applying.
** It may be possible - or even required - to substitute a statistics course for some health professions.
*** One year of English literature is required by most medical schools, which can be fulfilled with these two courses at Clark. Other English courses can be taken to fulfill this requirement.
Plus an additional eight courses in Biology, with at least one taken from each of the following categories as described for the Biology major:
Cell/Molecular Biology Organismal Diversity Ecology/Evolution
At least two courses must be at the 200 level. One of these often is obtained with directed research at Clark or an internship at an outside institution, such as the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Either option is strongly recommended for Prehealth Biology students.

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Sample curriculum for Biology majors on a Prehealth Biology track with two sciences and Calculus in the first year

Year One
First Semester Second Semester
Introductory Biology 101 (SP)
Introductory Chemistry 101
Calculus 120 (FA)
English 020
Introductory Biology 102
Introductory Chemistry 102
Calculus 121
English 110 or above (VE)
Year 2
First Semester Second Semester
Organic Chemistry 131
Psychology 101
Elective/Perspective
Elective
Genetics
Microbiology
Organic Chemistry 132
Elective/Perspective
Year 3
First Semester Second Semester
Cell Biology
Basic Human Anatomy
Physics 110
Elective/Perspective
Biology of the Brain
Human Physiology
Physics 111
Elective/Perspective
Year 4
First Semester Second Semester
Ecology of Infectious Disease
Directed research/ Internship
Elective
Elective
Elective/Perspective
Elective
Elective
Elective

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Sample curriculum for Biology majors on a Prehealth Biology track with two sciences in the first year

Year One
First Semester Second Semester
Introductory Biology 101(SP)
Introductory Chemistry 101
English 020
Psychology 101
Introductory Biology 102
Introductory Chemistry 102
English 110 or above (VE)
Elective/Perspective
Year 2
First Semester Second Semester
Organic Chemistry 131
Calculus 120(FA)
Elective/Perspective
Elective
Genetics
Microbiology
Organic Chemistry 132
Calculus 121
Year 3
First Semester Second Semester
Cell Biology
Human Anatomy
Physics 110
Elective/Perspective
Biology of the Brain
Human Physiology
Physics 111
Elective/Perspective
Year 4
First Semester Second Semester
Ecology of Infectious Disease
Directed Research/Internship
Elective/Perspective
Elective
Elective
Elective
Elective
Elective

Biology electives of interest to prehealth students include Immunology, Biochemistry I and II, Ecology of Disease Vectors, Science and Society (listed as an interdisciplinary course with IDCE), Brain and Behavior, Seminar in Sensory Physiology, Animal Behavior, and Developmental Biology. Other Biology courses also can be of great use for students in the prehealth curriculum.

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