2020-2021 Catalog (Current)

Biology/Pre-Medicine

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

Program Requirements

Biology/Pre-Medicine, BS Program Checksheet

Includes:

  • Major Courses and General Education Courses
  • Admission and Transfer Requirements
  • Graduation Requirements

Why Choose Pre-Medicine? - Program Spotlight

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.

More Information

LEAD ADVISOR: Dr. Christopher DeFraia  
PHONE: 231-591-2509
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
3

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

10-14

Recommended:

Small Business Management
3