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Science Course Requirements

Although the specific lower division science course requirements for health professional programs may vary between universities, the basic core science requirements are similar.  The courses listed below, along with the appropriate Chapman course number, are specific for Medical Schools.  Important:  This list is meant as a general reference only.  It is important to familiarize yourself with each prospective professional school by going directly to their admissions requirement web pages.  However, a guide is found below under each health care profession.

  • Two semesters of General Chemistry (CHEM 140/140L and CHEM 150/150L)
  • Two semesters of General Biology (BIOL 204/204L and BIOL 205/205L or BIOL 208/208L)
  • Two semesters of General Physics (PHYS 107/107L and PHYS 108/108L or PHYS 101/101L and PHYS 102/102L)
  • Two semesters of Calculus (MATH 110 and MATH 111 or MATH 115 and MATH 116)
  • Two semesters of Organic Chemistry (CHEM 230/230L and/or CHEM 331/331L)
  • One semester of Biochemistry (BCHM 335/335L)
  • One semester of Sociology (SOC 101)
  • One semester of Psychology (PSY 101)
  • Two semesters of English

Advanced Placement (A.P.) Credit Limitations:

Not all medical schools or various health care programs (e.g. Physician’s Assistant) will accept A.P. scores to satisfy admission requirements Health care programs that do not accept high school AP scores in biology, chemistry, physics, etc. will require that relevant prerequisite coursework be taken at a college or university for a letter grade. Students are urged to meet with their faculty advisor to select appropriate course work.

Recommended or Required Course Lists:

Additional courses are often recommended or required by individual health care programs.  The following is a breakdown of specific health care programs and courses that are often recommended or required. 


Click on each health care profession below for a list of additional recommended or required courses for admission.  Note - the courses indicated for each profession are not to be used as an exhaustive list to satisfy the admissions requirements for every program, but should be used as a general guide since individual schools may vary.  In fact, there may be other courses not listed that are required for a specific program.

+ - Dentistry

Recommended or required courses:

  • One year of General Chemistry (Chem 140/140L and Chem 150/150L)
  • One year of Organic Chemistry (Chem 230/230L and Chem 331/331L)
  • One year of General Biology (Biol 204/204L and Biol 208/208L)
  • One year of Physics (Phys 107/107L & Phys 108/108L or Phys 101/101L & Phys 102/102L)
  • Human Anatomy (HSCI/Biol 210/210L)
  • General Psychology (Psy 101)
  • Biochemistry (BCHM 335/335L or BCHM 336)
  • Microbiology (Biol 317/317L)
  • Human Physiology (HSCI/Biol 365 and HSCI/Biol 366/366L)
  • Statistics (Math 203) or Biostatistics (Math 303)
  • One year of English (with composition)
  • Advanced coursework in chemistry

+ - Allopathic or Osteopathic Medicine

Additional recommended courses.  The required coursework was already listed under

“Science Course Requirements.”

  • Human Anatomy (HSCI/BIOL 210/210L) - highly recommended
  • Human Physiology (HSCI/BIOL 365 and HSCI/BIOL 366/366L)
  • Microbiology (BIOL 317/317L)
  • Medicinal Chemistry (BCHM 350)
  • Cancer Biology (BIOL 401)
  • Cell & Molecular Biology (BIOL 450/450L)
  • Immunology (BIOL 337)
  • Pathophysiology: Diet, Disease, & Exercise (AHP345)
  • Statistics (MATH 203) or Biostatistics (MATH 303)

+ - Optometry

Recommended courses or required courses: 

  • One year of General Chemistry (Chem 140/140L and Chem 150/150L)
  • One year of Organic Chemistry (Chem 230/230L and Chem 331/331L)
  • One year of General Biology (Biol 204/204L and Biol 208/208L)
  • One year of Physics (Phys 107/107L & Phys 108/108L or Phys 101/101L & Phys 102/102L)
  • Human Anatomy (HSCI/BIO 210/210L)
  • Human Physiology (HSCI/Biol 365 and HSCI/Biol 366/366L)
  • Microbiology (Biol 317/317L)
  • Immunology (Biol 337)
  • Biochemistry (BCHM335/335L and BCHM 336)
  • Statistics (Math 203) or Biostatistics (Math 303)

+ - Pharmacy

Recommended or required courses

  • One year of General Chemistry (Chem 140/140L and Chem 150/150L)
  • One year of Organic Chemistry (Chem 230/230L and Chem 331/331L)
  • One year of General Biology (Biol 204/204L and Biol 208/208L)
  • One year of Physics (Phys 107/107L & Phys 108/108L or Phys 101/101L & Phys 102/102L)
  • Human Anatomy (HSCI/Biol 210/210L)
  • Human Physiology (HSCI/Biol 365 and HSCI/Biol 366/366L)
  • Medicinal Chemistry (BCHM 350)
  • Cell & Molecular Biology (Biol 450/450L)
  • Biochemistry (BCHM335/335L and BCHM 336)
  • Immunology (Biol 337)
  • Microbiology (Biol 317/317L)
  • Physical Biochemistry (Chem 420/420L)
  • Statistics (Math 203) or Biostatistics (Math 303)
  • Microeconomics (Econ 200) or Macroeconomics
  • (Econ 201)Advanced coursework in chemistry

+ - Veterinary Medicine

Recommended courses

  • One year of General Chemistry (Chem 140/140L and Chem 150/150L)
  • One year of Organic Chemistry (Chem 230/230L and Chem 331/331L)
  • One year of General Biology (Biol 204/204L and Biol 208/208L)
  • One year of Physics (Phys 107/107L & Phys 108/108L or Phys 101/101L & Phys 102/102L)
  • Human Anatomy (HSCI/Biol 210/210L) 
  • Medical Terminology (HSCI 105)
  • Human Physiology (HSCI/Biol 365 and HSCI/Biol 366/366L)
  • Medicinal Chemistry (BCHM 350)
  • Ecology (Biol 324/324L)
  • Immunology (Biol 337)
  • Biochemistry (BCHM335/335L and BCHM336)
  • Animal Behavior (Biol 435/435L)
  • Microbiology (Biol 317/317L)
  • Statistics (Math 203) or Biostatistics (Math 303)
  • Courses in communication, journalism, sociology, economics and psychology are strongly recommended.

+ - Physician Assistant OR Nursing (Graduate)

Recommended or required courses

  • One year of General Chemistry (Chem 140/140L and Chem 150/150L)
  • One semester or one year of Organic Chemistry (Chem 230/230L and Chem 331/331L)
  • One year of General Biology (Biol 204/204L and Biol 208/208L)
  • One year or one semester of Physics (Phys 107/107L & Phys 108/108L or Phys 101/101L & Phys 102/102L)
  • Human Anatomy (HSCI/Biol 210/210L) 
  • Human Physiology (HSCI/Biol 365 and HSCI/Biol 366/366L)
  • Medicinal Chemistry (BCHM 350)
  • Cell & Molecular Biology (Biol 450/450L)
  • Immunology (Biol 337)
  • Biochemistry (BCHM 335/335L and BCHM 336)
  • Microbiology (Biol 317/317L)
  • Genetics (Biol 330/330L)
  • Statistics (Math 203) or Biostatistics (Math 303)

+ - Occupational Therapy (Graduate)

Recommended or required courses

  • One year of General Chemistry (Chem 140/140L and Chem 150/150L)
  • One year of General Biology (Biol 204/204L and Biol 208/208L)
  • One semester of Physics (Phys 107/107L)
  • General Psychology (Psy 101)
  • Abnormal Psychology (Psy 328)
  • Developmental Psychology (Psy 327)
  • Sociology (Soc 101)
  • Oral Communication (Com 101)
  • Medical Sociology (Soc 385)
  • Medical Terminology (HSCI 105)
  • Human Anatomy (HSCI/Biol 210/210L)
  • Human Physiology (HSCI/Biol 365 and HSCI/Biol 366/366L)
  • Statistics (Math 203) or Biostatistics (Math 303)

+ - Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

Recommended or required courses

  • One year of General Chemistry (Chem 140/140L and Chem 150/150L)
  • One year of General Biology (Biol 204/204L and Biol 208/208L)
  • One year of Physics (Phys 107/107L & Phys 108/108L or Phys 101/101L and Phys 102/102L)
  • General Psychology (Psy 101)
  • Abnormal Psychology (Psy 328)
  • Developmental Psychology (Psy 3276)
  • Medical Terminology (HSCI 105)
  • Human Anatomy (HSCI/Biol 210/210L)
  • Human Physiology (HSCI/Biol 365 and HSCI/Biol 366/366L)
  • Applied Exercise Physiology (AHP 350/350L)
  • Applied Biomechanics (AHP 301)
  • Statistics (Math 203) or Biostatistics (Math 303)
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