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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.


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