Biology Comprehensive Major: Pre-Physical Therapy

The Pre-Physical Therapy Emphasis requires a minimum of 74 credits, including the 26-credit Biology Nucleus, 10 additional credits in Biology, and 38 credits of supporting courses.  

All Biology majors require the 26-credit Biology Nucleus.

Biology Nucleus
BIOL 150Biological Principles (with laboratory)4
BIOL 151Diversity and Patterns of Life (with laboratory)4
BIOL 301General Ecology3
BIOL 310Cell Biology3
BIOL 312Genetics (with recitation)4
CHEM 111General Chemistry I3
CHEM 112General Chemistry Laboratory I1
CHEM 113General Chemistry II3
CHEM 114General Chemistry Laboratory II1
Total Credits26
Required Biology courses
BIOL 372Human Anatomy and Physiology I (with laboratory)4
BIOL 373Human Anatomy and Physiology II (with laboratory)4
At least two credits of Capstone Experience courses:2
BIOL 495Senior Seminar
BIOL 496Senior Thesis2-4
Total Credits12-14
Minimum supporting courses:
CHEM 331Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 332Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 334Organic Chemistry Laboratory I1
CHEM 335Organic Chemistry Laboratory II1
CHEM 471Biochemistry I3
ESS 185Lifetime Wellness3
ESS 330Exercise Physiology3
ESS 331Exercise Physiology Lab1
ESS 380Biomechanics3
MATH 213Probability and Statistics3
PSY 200Statistics and Data Analysis3
At least one of the following:3
Development Psychology
Psychopathology
And either:8
Principles of Physics I (with laboratory)
and Principles of Physics II (with laboratory)
General Physics I (with laboratory)
and General Physics II (with laboratory)
Total Credits38

 Capstone Course Requirement

The following courses in the Biology Major fulfill the capstone course requirement: BIOL 495 SENIOR SEMINARBIOL 496 Senior Thesis or EDUC 409 SECONDARY STUDENT TEACHING.

Graduation Requirements

Undergraduate programs require a minimum of 120 semester credits for graduation.  Of those 120 credits, 40 credits must be in upper-division courses (those marked 300 and above).  Fifteen of these 40 upper-division credits must be earned in courses that are part of the standard or comprehensive major program being pursued. 

Students are expected to review all graduation requirements, which can be found in the Western Undergraduate Catalog: Graduation Requirements