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Pre-Professional Science

Pre-Professional Science

B.S. Degree

The Pre-Professional Science curriculum permits maximum flexibility for a student with specific professional goals in science. Beyond the basic required courses, a student may develop a program of study with a specific emphasis or a broad introduction to several fields of science. This curriculum is particularly appropriate for students in the pre-medical, dental, podiatry, optometry, or veterinary sciences, or for students interested in a variety of other health care careers, as well as for students interested in teaching more than one science at the secondary level. Also, this major can be adapted for the specific needs of those students interested in interdisciplinary graduate programs in the life or physical sciences.


Ferrum College has Articulation Agreements with the following colleges and universities:

   Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)
   New York College of Podiatric Medicine (DPM)

The Experiential Component (requirement of the major) can be met by successfully completing the following:

   CHM 103, 104, 301, 302
   PHY 201, 202 OR 203, 204
   BIO 201 OR 254
   BIO 202 OR 301 OR 306

Required Liberal Arts Core Courses

   BIO 111 General Biology 4
   MTH 208 Statistics OR ESC 202 Quantitative Environmental Methods and Statistics 3 or 4
   MTH 211 Calculus* 4

* Students will be expected to complete their Calculus requirement ahead of either Physics sequence

Required Courses (42 hours)

   BIO 201 Vertebrate Zoology OR  254 Human Anatomy 4
   BIO 202 Plant Science OR 301 Invertebrate Zoology OR 306 Nonvascular Plants and          Fungi 4
   BIO 230 Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology 3
   BIO 305 Genetics 4
   CHM 103, 104 General Chemistry 8
   CHM 301, 302 Organic Chemistry 8
   CHM 315 Biochemistry 4
   PHY 201, 202 General Physics* OR 203, 204 Fundamentals of Physics* 8
   NSM 307 Junior Seminar 2
   NSM 497, 498 Senior Seminar and Presentation 4

Elective Courses ( 6 hours)
6 additional credit hours approved by the student's advisor and the Director of Professional Health Sciences no later than the fall of the student's junior year. At least 4 hours must be taken at the 300-400 level.


Total Hours Required in Major    55