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Biology/Pre-Physical Therapy Concentration BIPT

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science

College(s): Arts and Sciences

Required Courses  Credit Hours 
General Education
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.
Required Courses or Program:
Biology classes
BIOL 121 General Biology 1 4
BIOL 122 General Biology 2 4
BIOL 286 General Microbiology 3
BIOL 300 Pathophysiology 3
BIOL 301 Exercise Physiology 4
BIOL 321 Human Physiology-Anatomy 1 4
BIOL 322 Human Physiology-Anatomy 2 4
BIOL 375 Principles of Genetics 3
BIOL 460 Current Topics in BIOL 2
Biology Electives 300 or higher 3
Choose 1 of the following Ecology classes:
BIOL 346 Ecological Assessment 3
BIOL 347 Environmental Conservation 3
BIOL 442 Ecology 3
Supporting Sciences
MATH 130 Adv Algebra-Analytical Trig 4
CHEM 121 General Chemistry 1 5
CHEM 122 General Chemistry 2 5
CHEM 214 Fund of Organic Chemistry 4
CHEM 324 Fund of Biochemistry 3
PHYS 211 Introductory Physics 1 4
PHYS 212 Introductory Physics 2 4
Biology Application Area
MATH 251 Stats for the Life Sciences 3
MRIS 102 Orientation to Med Vocabulary 1
RMLS 122 Responding to Emergencies 2
Additional Program Requirements
COMM 121 Fundamentals-Public Speaking 3
Electives to a credit total of 121 (consult advisor) 18
The following courses are recommended to help fulfill general education requirements (consult advisor)
PSYC 150 Introduction to Psychology 3
PHIL 320 Biomedical Ethics 3
PSYC 226 Lifespan of Human Development 3
PSYC 422 Abnormal Psychology 3
SOCY 121 Introductory Sociology 3

Why Choose Pre-Physical Therapy?

The Pre-Physical Therapy program has been developed to prepare students for admission to the six professional Physical Therapy programs in Michigan. These programs are generally three years long and award a bachelor's degree after one year and a master's degree after three years. The successful candidate not only has excellent grades in preparatory course work, but also has several hundred hours of documented observational or work experience in a physical therapy setting.

The Pre-Physical Therapy program takes about three years to complete and can lead to an associate in science degree. Proper course selection during the optional fourth year can lead to a bachelor of science degree in Biology.

Career Opportunities

Physical therapists are in high demand and play a key role in helping patients gain mobility and strength after surgery or accident trauma. The future for physical therapists is very bright. With people living longer, joint replacement surgery has become very common and with it the need for compassionate and well-trained physical therapists.

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.

Graduation Requirements

The Pre-Physical Therapy 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 degree in Biology (either B.S. or B.A.) from Ferris State University.

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

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