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Biology/Pre-Medicine Concentration

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science
College(s): Arts and Sciences

Why Choose Pre-Medicine?

The Pre-Medicine program provides a quality bachelor's degree in biology. Completion of this degree with the recommended courses enhances a student's application to medical school. Students who don't wish to enter medical school can consult with their advisor for alternate career paths.

Get Accepted to Medical School

Being accepted to medical school doesn't come easily. It requires effort, time and careful preparation. To ensure success for our students, Ferris offers a helping hand into medical school. To help students make the best choices for their professional goals, advisors from the Ferris Pre-Medicine advisory committee work closely with students throughout their four years of study. They help with course selection and development of social, personal and professional maturity. They also work with students to match abilities with interests to find the student's most appropriate health-related career path. Furthermore, the low student-faculty ratio at Ferris means that most basic science labs are taught by the science professors themselves.

Admission Requirements

First year student admission is open to high school graduates (or equivalent) who demonstrate academic preparedness, maturity and seriousness of purpose with educational backgrounds appropriate to their chosen program of study. High school courses and grade point average, ACT composite score, and ACT reading and mathematics subscores will be considered in the admission and placement process. Transfer students must have at least 12 credits at the time of application with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA including an English and mathematics course, or they must provide their high school records and ACT scores for admission review.

General Education Requirements

All general University General Education requirements can be found here: http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/academics/gened/courses/GenEd-bachelor.pdf

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives: https://wwws.ferris.edu/academics/gened/courses/

Graduation Requirements

The Pre-Medicine program at Ferris leads to a Bachelor of Science degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA overall and a minimum of 121 credits including completion of all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website. No grade lower than a 'C-' is acceptable in courses that apply to the major, supporting sciences, and application area of the program. At least 50% of the semester credits applying toward the Biology major must be completed at FSU with a minimum of 30 FSU credits overall. Students may earn only one B.S. degree in Biology from Ferris State University.

More Information

LEAD ADVISOR: Dr. Mike Ryan 
PHONE: 231-591-5892
EMAIL:

PROFESSIONAL ADVISOR: Kim Ducat
PHONE: 231-591-2745
EMAIL:  

PROFESSIONAL ADVISOR: Jenice Winowiecki
PHONE: 231-591-2555
EMAIL:  

Department of Biological Sciences
Ferris State University
820 Campus Drive/ASC 2004
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: 231-591-2550

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Pre-Medicine BS, Biology Requirements - Minimum 121 Credits

Major - 36 Credit Hours
General Biology 1
4
General Biology 2
4
Human Physiology-Anatomy 1
4
Human Physiology-Anatomy 2
4
Developmental Biology
4
Principles of Genetics
3
Microbiology and Immunology
5
Current Topics in BIOL
2
Choose One:
Ecological Assessment
3
or
Environmental Conservation
3
or
Ecology
3
Electives - 300 level or above 
Select from:
Pathophysiology
3
Exercise Physiology
4
Nutrition
3
Zoology
4
Evolution
3
Ornithology
3
Entomology
3
Environmental Regulations
3
Animal Behavior
3
Medical Parasitology
3
Plants and Fungi
4
Developmental Biology
4
Cell Biology
3
Forensic DNA Analysis
3
Endocrinology
3
Neurobiology
3
Medical Botany
3
Plant Physiology
4
Molecular Genetics
4
Recombinant DNA Lab
3
Proteins
3
Proteins Laboratory
3
Advanced Cell - Molecular Biol
3
Bioinformatics
3
Adv Techniques Biotechnology
2
Biological Research
1 TO 6
Special Topics in BIOL
1 TO 4
Biology Internship
1 TO 6
Special Studies in BIOL
1 TO 4

Supporting Sciences - 36-40 Credits

Chemistry Courses
General Chemistry 1
5
General Chemistry 2
5
Organic Chemistry 1
5
Organic Chemistry 2
5
Biochemistry
4

Supporting Sciences - Physics

Choose One Option:
PHYS 211 and PHYS 212 OR PHYS 241 and PHYS 242 

Introductory Physics 1
4
Introductory Physics 2
4
General Physics 1
5
General Physics 2
5

Supporting Sciences - Math

Choose one of the following 2 Math courses:

Adv Algebra-Analytical Trig
4
or
Analytical Geometry-Calculus 2
4

Additional Program Requirements

Biology Application Area - 5 Credits
additional biology related credits (consult advisor)

Responding to Emergencies
2
Nutrition for Healthy Living
3
Stats for the Life Sciences
3
Biomechanics
3
Orientation to Medical Vocabul
1
Medical Terminology
4

Electives to a credit total of: 121 credits (consult with advisor)

10-14

Recommended:

Small Business Management
3

General Education Requirements

This degree requires completion of the General Education requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree. Details of these requirements are delineated on the General Education website. Courses listed below as program/major required courses with the indicators: C, S, Z, R, G, may also be used to satisfy some of these general education requirements.
Fundamentals-Public Speaking
3
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