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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 prerequistes for their preferred program while fulfilling the requirements for the Biology major. Curricula that satisfy the prerequisites of various health professions are similar but will vary based on type of program and on the student's planned application time. The course plans presented here represent two possible curricula for a Biology major planning to apply to medical school after his or her junior year.

It is important that prehealth students meet with the Chair or a member of the Premedical and Predental Advisory Committee 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*
BIOL 101/102 Introduction to Biology MATH 120/121** Calculus PSYC 101 General Psychology ENG 020/110***
CHEM 101/102 Introduction to Chemistry    
PHYS 110/111 Introduction to Physics      
CHEM 131/132 Organic Chemistry      
* 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 four 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
BIOL 101 Introduction to Biology 1
CHEM 101 Introduction to Chemistry 1
MATH 120 Calculus 1
ENG 020 Introduction to Literary Analysis
BIOL 102 Introduction to Biology 2
CHEM 102 Introduction to Chemistry 2
MATH 121 Calculus 2
ENG 110 or above
Year 2
First Semester Second Semester
CHEM 131 Organic Chemistry 1
PSYC 101 General Psychology
BIOL 118 Genetics
Elective/Perspective

CHEM 132 Organic Chemistry 2
BIOL 109 Microbiology
BIOL 243 Comparative & Human Physiology
BIOL 106 Introductory Biostatistics

Year 3
First Semester Second Semester
BIOL 137 Cell Biology
BCMB 271 Biochemistry 1
PHYS110 Introduction to Physics 1
Elective/Perspective
BIOL 111 Comparative & Human Anatomy
BIOL 236 Biology of Cancer
PHYS111 Introduction to Physics 2
Elective/Perspective
Year 4
First Semester Second Semester
BIOL 143 Neuroscience
BIOL 217 Ecology of Infectious Disease
Directed research/ Internship
Elective
BIOL 218 Genetics of Disease
Elective/Perspective
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
BIOL 101 Introduction to Biology I
CHEM 101 Introduction to Chemistry 1
ENG 020 Introduction to Literary Analysis
PSYC 101 General Psychology
BIOL 102 Introduction to Biology II
CHEM 102 Introduction to Chemistry 2
English 110 or above
Elective/Perspective
Year 2
First Semester Second Semester
CHEM 131 Organic Chemistry 1
MATH 120 Calculus 1
BIOL 118 Genetics
Elective
CHEM 132 Organic Chemistry 2
MATH 121 Calculus 2
BIOL 240 Comparative & Human Physiology
BIOL 109 Microbiology
Year 3
First Semester Second Semester
BIOL 137 Cell Biology
BCMB 271 Biochemistry 1
PHYS110 Introduction to Physics 1
Elective/Perspective
BIOL111 Comparative & Human Anatomy
BIOL 236 Biology of Cancer
PHYS111 Introduction to Physics 2
BIOL 106 Introductory Biostatistics
Year 4
First Semester Second Semester
BIOL 217 Ecology of Infectious Disease
BIOL 143 Neuroscience
Directed Research/Internship
Elective/Perspective

BIOL 218 Genetics and Disease
Elective
Elective
Elective

Electives of particular interest to prehealth students include:
BCMB 271/272 Biochemistry 1&2
BIOL 106 Introductory Biostatistics
BIOL 109 Microbiology
BIOL 111 Comparative and Human Anatomy
BIOL 137 Cell Biology
BIOL 134 Neuroscience
BIOL 206 Advanced Biostatistics
BIOL 217 Ecology of Infectious Disease
BIOL 218 Genetics and Disease
BIOL 221 Developmental Biology
BIOL 224 Ecology of Disease Vectors
BIOL 230 The Human Genome
BIOL 240 Comparative and Human Physiology
Other Biology courses can also be of use to students in the prehealth curriculum.


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