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Recommended Biology Degree/Concentration

While you can major in any subject and still be eligible for medical school, the academic requirements that you need to meet to earn a Biology B.S. degree are very well aligned with the prerequisites for medical school (see table below). At CSUEB we have several Biology B.S. concentrations to choose from and any of them would be suitable for students interested in pursuing medical school. Concentrations commonly selected by pre-dental students are the Physiology, Cell & Molecular, and Microbiology concentrations.

Medical School Prerequisites

The prerequisite courses required by medical schools vary from institution to institution. So, it is important for you to do your due diligence and research the requirements for the institution(s) you are interested in applying to. With this said, below we suggest a curriculum designed to provide you with the prerequisites for medical school, prepare you for the MCAT, and provide you a solid foundation for the introductory year of medical school while allowing you to fulfill biology major. Courses marked with an (*) are required by most medical schools while the unmarked courses are required by only some medical schools.

Requirement Recommended # of Semesters Relevant CSUEB Course(s)
Biology with Lab* 2 semesters BIOL 140A & BIOL 140B
General (Inorganic) Chemistry with Lab* 2 semesters CHEM 111 & CHEM 112
Organic Chemistry*  2 semesters CHEM 331 & CHEM 332

Physics with Lab*

2 semesters

PHYS 125 & 126 

 

Biochemistry

0-2 semesters 

(Two semesters strongly recommended)

 

CHEM 441 & CHEM 442

Calculus and/or Statistics 0-1 year (Two semesters of calculus strongly recommended)

MATH 130, MATH 131, STATS 303

English 2 semesters Your GE-A2 and 2nd Composition English Courses
Social Sciences 2 semesters Your Area D1-3 courses will fulfill this. Consider taking Psyc 100 as one of the courses

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Recommended Biology Degree/Concentration

While you can major in any subject and still be eligible for dental school, the academic requirements that you need to meet to earn a Biology B.S. degree are very well aligned with the prerequisites for dental school (see table below). At CSUEB we have several Biology B.S. concentrations to choose from, any of which would be suitable for students interested in pursuing dental school. Concentrations commonly selected by pre-dental students are the Physiology and Cell & Molecular concentrations.

Dental School Prerequisites

The prerequisite courses required by dental schools vary from institution to institution. So, it is important for you to do your due diligence and research the requirements for the institution(s) you are interested in applying to. With this said, below we list some of the most commonly listed prerequisite courses and the relevant CSUEB courses we recommend you use to fulfill them as a biology major. Courses marked with an (*) are required by most dental schools while the unmarked courses are required by only some dental schools.

Requirement Recommended # of Semesters Relevant CSUEB Course(s)
Biology with Lab* 2 semesters BIOL 140A & BIOL 140B
General (Inorganic) Chemistry with Lab* 2 semesters CHEM 111 & CHEM 112
Organic Chemistry*  2 semesters CHEM 331 & CHEM 332
Physics with Lab* 2 semesters PHYS 125 & 126
Biochemistry 1 semester CHEM 340 or CHEM 441
Anatomy & Physiology 2 semesters BIOL 270 & 271
Microbiology 1 semester BIOL 330
Genetics 1 semester BIOL 310
Calculus* and/or Statistics

0-2 semesters

(2 semesters of calculus strongly recommended)

MATH 130, MATH 131, STATS 303
English 2 semesters Your A2 & 2nd Comp GE requirements will satifsy this

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Recommended Biology Degree/Concentration

While you can major in any subject and still be eligible for veterinary school, the academic requirements that you need to meet to earn a Biology B.S. degree are very well aligned with the prerequisites for veterinary school (see table below). At CSUEB we have several Degrees and Certificates Offered (Semesters) to choose from and any of them would be suitable for students interested in pursuing veterinary school. Concentrations commonly selected by pre-dental students are the Ecology and Evolutionary BiologyPhysiology, and Microbiology concentrations.

Veterinary School Prerequisites

The prerequisite courses required by veterinary schools vary from institution to institution. So, it is important for you to do your due diligence and research the requirements for the institution(s) you are interested in applying to. With this said, below we suggest a curriculum designed to provide you with the prerequisites for veterinary school, prepare you for the required entrance exam (the GRE or the MCAT), and provide you a solid foundation for the introductory year of veterinary school while allowing you to fulfill biology major. Courses marked with an (*) are required by most veterinary schools while the unmarked courses are required by only some veterinary schools.

Requirement     Recommended # of Semesters Relevant CSUEB Course(s)
Biology with Lab* 2 semesters BIOL 140A & BIOL 140B
Physiology 1 semester BIOL 370
Microbiology with lab 1 semester BIOL 330
Genetics 1 semester BIOL 310
Nutrition 1 semester NURS 301
General (Inorganic) Chemistry with Lab* 2 semesters CHEM 111 & CHEM 112
Organic Chemistry*  2 semesters CHEM 331 & CHEM 332
Biochemistry* 1 semester  CHEM 441 
Physics with Lab* 2 semesters PHYS 125 & 126 
Mathematics and Statistics* 2 semesters MATH 130, MATH 131, STATS 303
English* 2 semesters Your GE-A2 and 2nd Composition English Courses
Speech, Public Speaking 1 semester Your GE-A1 Oral Communication Course
Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences 1-2 semesters of an introductory course PYSC 100, SOC 100 (both count for GE -Area D)

Related CSUEB Student Clubs/Organizations

There are currently no active Pre-Veterinary Clubs at CSUEB. You may want to check the CSUEB Student and Clubs Organization site from time to time to see if one has started one. Or, to consider starting one yourself, click START A NEW CLUB/ORGANIZATION.

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Recommended Biology Degree/Concentration

While you can major in any subject and still be eligible for pharmacy school, the academic requirements that you need to meet to earn a Biology B.S. degree are very well aligned with the prerequisites for pharmacy school (see table below). At CSUEB we have several Biology B.S. concentrations to choose from and any of them would be suitable for students interested in pursuing veterinary school. Concentrations commonly selected by pre-pharmacy students are the Physiology, Cell and Molecular Biology, and Microbiology concentrations.

 

Pharmacy School Prerequisites

The prerequisite courses required by veterinary schools vary from institution to institution. So, it is important for you to do your due diligence and research the requirements for the institution(s) you are interested in applying to. With this said, below we suggest a curriculum designed to provide you with the prerequisites for pharmacy school, prepare you for the required entrance exam (the PCAT), and provide you a solid foundation for the introductory year of veterinary school while allowing you to fulfill biology major. Courses marked with an (*) are required by most pharmacy schools while the unmarked courses are required by only some pharmacy schools.

 

Requirement    

Recommended # of Semesters

Relevant CSUEB Course(s)

Biology with Lab* 2 semesters BIOL 140A & BIOL 140B
Microbiology wih Lab*  1 semester BIOL 330
Anatomy and Physiology* 2 semesters BIOL 370, BIOL 270, BIOL 271
General (Inorganic) Chemistry with Lab* 2 semesters CHEM 111 & CHEM 112
Organic Chemistry*  2 semesters CHEM 331 & CHEM 332
Biochemistry* 1 semester  CHEM 441 
Physics with Lab* 1 semester PHYS 125 & 126 
Mathematics*  2 semesters MATH 130, MATH 131, STATS 303
Economics* 1 semester Can take ECON 200 or ECON 205 as a D1-3 course
English* 2 semesters Your GE-A2 and 2nd Composition English Courses
Public Speaking* 1 semester Your GE-A1 Oral Communication Course
Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences* 1-2 semesters of an introductory course PYSC 100, SOC 100 (both count for GE -Area D)

 

Related CSUEB Student Clubs/Organizations

There are currently no active Pre-Pharmacy Clubs at CSUEB. You may want to check the CSUEB Student and Clubs Organization site from time to time to see if one has started one. Or, to consider starting one yourself, click here.

 

Additional Resources

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS)

Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT)

American Society of Health-System Pharmacist (ASHP)

American Pharmacists Association (AphA)

California Pharmacists Association (CPhA)

Pharmacy Week

Career Field - Pharmacy

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