Course Requirements

The Pre-professional Studies major is only available to campus students. This program is only recommended for those who will be pursuing additional professional training. Since many of the professional schools are very selective in their admission procedures, the department at SMWC has a policy of selective admission to this program. Only those juniors we feel have an excellent chance of success in the professional school of their choice are admitted to this major. Students take courses in the biology major until their junior year.

Pre-professional Studies - (54 credit hours)

Since this program has the expectation of further study in competitive fields, there is an application process to enter the program. Students who have earned over 15 hours in the sciences with the appropriate grade point average (which differs depending on the professional program to which they aspire), may apply for admission to that program. The criteria for selection are preparation for the professional program, likelihood of admittance to professional program, and suitability of the student to the professional program. Until entry into the program, most students pursue the biology major.

Pre-professional Studies - Required Courses

54 credit hours required; all courses listed. Please contact your academic advisor to customize this program for your intended professional school enrollment.

Choose from an approved biology elective. Contact your academic advisor for details.

A study of the major unifying concepts of biology at the molecular, cellular and organismic level, including a survey of the major groups of living organisms. Three classes plus one two-hour lab per week. Course fee applies.

A study of the major unifying concepts of biology at the molecular, cellular and organismic level, including a survey of the major groups of living organisms. Three classes plus one two-hour lab per week. Course fee applies. Prerequisite: BI141.

Critical study of current research issues in biology conducted in seminar fashion. Student research and the oral presentation of biological problems are major components of the course.

Critical study of current research issues in biology conducted in seminar fashion. Student research and the oral presentation of biological problems are major components of the course.

A continuation of BI 325.

Study of the basic principles and phenomena of living organisms, interpretation of the various physio-chemical processes in animal and human metabolism; training in the physiological techniques. Designed principally for science majors. Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory. Course fee applies. Prerequisites: BI 141, BI 142, CH 115 and CH 116.

Introduction to basic principles of heredity and variation including classical, molecular and population genetics. Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory. Course fee applies. Prerequisites: BI 141 and BI 142.

A two-stage course under the supervision of a research adviser concerning the basic principles of research and problem solving methods in the biological sciences. The first stage is the initial background and proposal of a novel research project to be completed and approved in the second semester of junior year. The second stage consists of the actual research/internship to be completed by end of the first semester of senior year.

A two-stage course under the supervision of a research adviser concerning the basic principles of research and problem solving methods in the biological sciences. The first stage is the initial background and proposal of a novel research project to be completed and approved in the second semester of junior year. The second stage consists of the actual research/internship to be completed by end of the first semester of senior year.

Critical study of current research issues in biology conducted in seminar fashion. Student research and the oral presentation of biological problem are major components of the course.

Introduces the basic chemical concepts of atomic structure, periodicity, and the chemical reactions of both gases and solutions, and the thermodynamics of these reactions. Three one-hour lectures and one three-hour laboratory. Course fee applies. Prerequisite: one year of high school chemistry or consent of professor.

A continuation of the concepts presented in CH 115 as they pertain to reaction thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium of acid-base and precipitation reactions as well as redox chemistry. The concepts behind solids, both salts and metallic, are also presented. A brief introduction to organic chemistry is included in the course topics. Three one-hour lectures and one three-hour laboratory. Course fee applies. Prerequisite: CH 115.

Studies the reactivity of functionalized hydrocarbons through the use of mechanism and orbital considerations. Unsaturated hydrocarbons as well as functional groups containing oxygen and sulfur are considered. Laboratory offers instruction in technique. Three one-hour lectures and one three-hour laboratory. Course fee applies. Prerequisite: CH 116.

Continuation of CH 222 considering additional functional groups such as aromatics, carboxylic acids, esters, and amines. In addition to synthesis, the interpretation of organic spectra is used as a tool for critical thinking. Biochemistry topics that pertain to organic spectra are used as tools for critical thinking. Biochemistry topics that pertain to organic topics are introduced. Laboratory offers instruction in synthesis. Three one-hour lectures and laboratory. Course fee applies. Prerequisite: CH 222.

One semester introductory course designed to give students an appreciation of the dynamic nature of life processes. Chemistry of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, nucleic acids and enzymes are studied and considered in their role in the metabolism. Some modern biochemical reactions and isolation of compounds from natural sources are included. Three lectures and one three-hour lab. Course fee applies. Prerequisites: CH 115 and CH 116, or consent of instructor.

Qualitative and quantitative study of the manifestations of energy in the kinetic theory of matter. Newtonian mechanics, wave motions, heat and thermodynamics, vibratory motion and sound, magnetism and electricity, light, modern physics and radioactivity. Course fee applies. Prerequisite: knowledge of algebra, trigonometry and vectors.

Qualitative and quantitative study of the manifestations of energy in the kinetic theory of matter. Newtonian mechanics, wave motions, heat and thermodynamics, vibratory motion and sound, magnetism and electricity, light, modern physics and radioactivity. Course fee applies. Prerequisite: knowledge of algebra, trigonometry and vectors.

Information about Course Requirements
We do our best to keep this information updated, but you should always double-check to ensure you are meeting graduation requirements. For the most current course requirements please review the latest undergraduate college catalog.  Always consult your academic advisor when registering for courses or when you have questions about course requirements.