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Biology - Pre-Physical Therapy / Pre-Occupational Therapy / Pre-Physician Assistant Option

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Biology - Pre-Physical Therapy / Pre-Occupational Therapy / Pre-Physician Assistant Option (120 Credits)

Candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Biology must fulfill the University and the College of Arts and Sciences requirements for graduation as described in the WSU general catalog. Admission to the major requires completion of 24 semester credits and 2.0 GPA.

Honors students complete honors requirements in place of UCORE requirements. The math and science components of those requirements are fulfilled as part of the School requirements described below. Other University requirements include: 120 total credits, of which 40 must be 300-400-level credits; the writing portfolio; and two writing in the major courses (identified by [M] in the course listings). The College of Arts and Sciences requires two years of high school foreign language or at least two semesters of college-level foreign language. Bachelor of Science degree options in Biology and Zoology require a minimum of 19 semester credits of core BIOLOGY courses (BIOLOGY 106, 107, 301, 370 [M] or 372 [M], and 395 or 403 or 405). An additional 21 semester credits of biological sciences coursework selected in consultation with your biology advisor is required. The 21 semester credits must include 15 upper division credits, six of which must be BIOLOGY courses taken in residence at WSU, one additional BIOLOGY writing in the major course (identified by [M] in the course listings), and one BIOLOGY Capstone course (identified by the [CAPS] in the course listings. An overall GPA of at least 2.0 must be maintained in all College and School requirements. A maximum of 4 credits of coursework that are graded S, F may be used toward fulfilling School requirements or program options, and no other courses taken S or P can be applied toward fulfilling School requirements or program options. Students must complete an exit survey. Students may not double major or take a minor in any combination of Biology, Zoology, or General Studies Biological Sciences.
First Year
First TermCredits
BIOLOGY 106 [BSCI]4
CHEM 105 [PSCI]14
ENGLISH 101 [WRTG]3
SOC 101 [SSCI]3
Second TermCredits
BIOLOGY 1074
CHEM 1064
HISTORY 105 [ROOT]3
MATH 140 [QUAN] or 171 [QUAN]14
Second Year
First TermCredits
ANTH 203 [DIVR] or Diversity [DIVR]23
BIOLOGY 251 or 3534
CHEM 3454
PSYCH 105 [SSCI]3
Second TermCredits
BIOLOGY 3014
PHIL 365 [HUM]3
PHYSICS 101 or 2014
STAT 212, 412, or PSYCH 311 3 or 4
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermCredits
BIOLOGY 315 or 3544
BIOLOGY 393 [M], 490 [M], or BIOLOGY [M]2,3,42 - 4
Foreign Language, if needed, or Program Emphasis Requirements2,3,4,53 or 4
PHYSICS 102 or 2024
PSYCH 3333
Second TermCredits
Arts [ARTS]3
BIOLOGY 370 [M] 372 [M]4
H D 101 or PSYCH 3612,3,43
Foreign Language, if needed, and/or Electives5,66
Fourth Year
First TermCredits
ENGLISH 402 [WRTG]3
Program Emphasis Requirements or Electives2,3,4,612
Second TermCredits
BIOLOGY [CAPS] or HONORS 45073
BIOLOGY 395, 403, or 4053
Program Emphasis Requirements or Electives2,3,4,610
Complete School of Biological Sciences Exit Survey

Footnotes
1MATH 106 may be taken as a pre-/co-requisite to CHEM 105 and other MATH courses. MATH 108 may also be needed.
2Pre-Occupational Therapy Program emphasis (13 credits) includes ANTH 203, BIOLOGY 220, BIOLOGY 393 [M], COM 102, H D 101.
3Pre-Physical Therapy Program emphasis (8-9 credits) includes BIOLOGY 393 [M] or 490 [M], KINES 380 or BIOLOGY 350 or BIOLOGY 352, PSYCH 361 or H D 101.
4Pre-Physician Assistant Program emphasis (14-15 credits) includes CHEM 370 or MBIOS 303, MBIOS 304 or 306, MBIOS 305, PSYCH 361 or H D 101. Students in this emphasis will also need to complete a BIOLOGY [M] course to fulfill the University requirement of 2 [M] courses.
5Two years of high school foreign language or at least two semesters of college-level foreign language are required by the College of Arts and Sciences for graduation.
6Pre-Physical Therapy / Pre-Occupational Therapy / Pre-Physician Assistant Program emphasis courses should be selected in consultation with a biology advisor and include coursework to fulfill the University requirement of 40 upper division credits. In addition to core biology courses (BIOLOGY 106, 107, 301, 370 [M] or 372 [M], one from 395, 403, or 405, BIOLOGY [CAPS] or HONORS 450), all biology majors must complete 21 semester credits of biological coursework including 15 upper-division credits, 6 of which must be a BIOLOGY prefix taken in residence at WSU. Approved program electives include CHEM 370, KINES 380, MBIOS 303, 304, 305, 306, PHIL 365, and 200-400-level BIOLOGY courses except those used to fulfill core requirements, and any courses approved by advisor. A maximum of 4 credits of coursework graded S/F may be used toward fulfilling departmental requirements.
7Students in Honors College complete HONORS 450 in lieu of a BIOLOGY [CAPS] course.

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