Pre-health Professions (listing of courses)
The Health Professions Advising Committee (HPAC) has designed programs to meet the course requirements for the following types of health professional schools: medicine (Human), including allopathic and osteopathic; dentistry; veterinary medicine; pharmacy; optometry; podiatry; chiropractic; physician assistant; and dental hygiene.
The pre-health professional programs are not academic majors, and do not by themselves lead to a certificate, baccalaureate, or graduate degree. However, these programs may be included as part of a recognized academic major. Official requirements of all majors and programs are published in this Bulletin.
Academic majors with significant overlap with pre-health professional requirements include: biology, especially concentrations in cell and molecular biology or physiology; biochemistry and chemistry; and physics.
The Health Professions Advising Committee (HPAC) helps students prepare for admission to health professional schools in the areas listed above. The committee offers informal advice, presents workshops at various times during the academic year, distributes test forms, and manages an office that transmits to health professional schools letters of evaluation submitted on the students behalf by on- or off-campus references. For fee information, contact HPAC.
HPAC works with both undergraduate and graduate students, including those registered as second baccalaureates and post-baccalaureates (unclassified graduate students).
The office is located in Hensill Hall 548 and the telephone number is (415) 338-2410.
Minimum preparation for health professional school includes course work in biology, chemistry, and physics. Although most applicants to health professional schools major in a natural science (biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics), majors in other fields (social sciences, behavioral sciences, humanities) have also been successful in gaining admission provided that these applicants have completed the prescribed course requirements. It is recommended that the final choice of the undergraduate major reflect the true academic interests of the student.
The program listed below is recommended for admission to allopathic and osteopathic medical schools and dental schools. Catalogues from individual schools should be consulted for specific requirements.
|BIOL 230||Introductory Biology I (with laboratory)||5|
|BIOL 240||Introductory Biology II (with laboratory)||5|
|CHEM 115||General Chemistry I: Essential Concepts of Chemistry (with laboratory)||5|
|CHEM 215||General Chemistry II: Quantitative Applications of Chemistry Concepts||3|
|CHEM 216||General Chemistry II: Quantitative Applications of Chemistry Concepts Laboratory||2|
|CHEM 333||Organic Chemistry I||3|
|CHEM 334||Organic Chemistry I Laboratory||2|
|CHEM 335||Organic Chemistry II||3|
|CHEM 336||Organic Chemistry II Laboratory||3|
|PHYS 111||General Physics I||3|
|PHYS 112||General Physics I Laboratory||1|
|PHYS 121||General Physics II||3|
|PHYS 122||General Physics II Laboratory||1|
Schools for veterinary medicine, pharmacy, optometry, podiatry, chiropractic, and physician assistants may have somewhat different requirements than those listed above. Applicants should consult the catalogue for the school(s) they are considering for accurate information on course requirements.
Beyond the above minimal requirements it is recommended that the student select other science courses in consultation with an adviser. Many health profession schools prefer more extensive preparation in biology, chemistry, and/or mathematics. Some foreign schools require appropriate language courses.
|BIOL 327||AIDS: Biology of the Modern Epidemic and/or||3|
|BIOL 330||Human Sexuality|
|BIOL 328/329||Human Anatomy||4/5|
|BIOL 350||Cell Biology||3|
|BIOL 355/356||Genetics/Honors Genetics||3/2|
|BIOL 357||Molecular Genetics and/or||3/3|
|BIOL 361||Human Genetics|
|BIOL 380||Comparative Embryology and/or||3/3|
|BIOL 382||Developmental Biology|
|BIOL 401/402||General Microbiology/Laboratory||3/2|
|BIOL 420/421||General Virology/Laboratory||2/2|
|BIOL 430||Medical Microbiology||5|
|BIOL 343||Cellular and Molecular Immunology (3) or||3/2|
|BIOL 439||Medical Mycology and/or||4/3|
|BIOL 464||Medical Entomology|
|BIOL 453/454||General Parasitology/Laboratory||3/1|
|BIOL 612/613||Human Physiology/Laboratory||3/2|
|BIOL 614||Vertebrate Histology||4|
|BIOL 615||Molecular Pathophysiology||3|
|BIOL 616||Cardiorespiratory Physiology||3|
|BIOL 620||Endocrinology and/or||3/3|
|BIOL 622||Hormones and Behavior|
|BIOL 621||Reproductive Physiology||3|
|BIOL 640||Cellular Neurosciences I or||3/3|
|BIOL 642||Neural Systems Physiology|
|BIOL 699||Special Study in Biology or||1-3|
|CHEM 699||Special Study in Chemistry|
|BIOL 861-884||Graduate Biology Seminars||1-2|
|CHEM 340/341||Biochemistry I/Biochemistry II or||6/3|
|CHEM 349||General Biochemistry|
|CHEM 347/348||Clinical Biochemistry/Laboratory||2/2|
|CHEM 338||Organic Chemistry II: Special Projects Laboratory||3|
|MATH 226-228||Calculus I-III (4 each)||12|
Health profession schools prefer that students take advanced courses because they are in area(s) of interest rather than as an attempt to duplicate material that will be covered in their curricula. There are other advanced science courses that might be considered in consultation with an adviser.
Listed below are the qualities that health profession schools are seeking in their applicants. These qualities can be determined from a variety of sources including the applicants personal statement, answers given in secondary applications, letters of recommendation, and interviews. Successful candidates:
1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132 (415) 338-1111
Last modified July 05, 2012 by email@example.com