2020-2021 Catalog (Current)

Biology/Pre-Physician Assistant

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

Program Requirements

Biology/Pre-Physician Assistant, BS Checksheet

Includes:

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

Why Choose Pre-Physician Assistant?

The Pre-Physician’s Assistant Studies program provides a quality Bachelor of Science degree and emphasizes a strong foundation of courses in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, and human physiology and anatomy.  Completion of this degree with the recommended courses enhances a student’s application to Physician’s Assistant Programs.  Students who don’t wish to enter Physician’s Assistant Studies can consult with their advisor for alternate career paths.

Career Opportunities

The Pre-Physician’s Assistant Studies program at Ferris State University provides students with a strong foundation of knowledge to meet the academic requirements to apply to schools that offer programs in Master of Science in Physician’s Assistant Studies.

Being accepted to a Master’s program in Physician’s Assistant Studies is not easy.  It requires a lot of time, effort and careful preparation.  Ferris provides students with clear advising and coursework needed to ensure success.  Graduates from the Pre-Physician’s Assistant Studies program receive important skills as they pursue a position in a MS program.  Admission to Masters Programs in Pre-Physician’s Assistant Studies are highly selective. FSU graduates with strong academic accomplishments experience a high rate of acceptance into Physician’s assistant Studies programs.

More Information

LEAD ADVISOR: Dr. Anne Spain
PHONE: 231-591-3190
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-Physical Therapy BS, Biology - Minimum 121 Credits

Biology
General Biology 1
4
General Biology 2
4
General Microbiology
3
Pathophysiology
3
Exercise Physiology
4
Human Physiology-Anatomy 1
4
Human Physiology-Anatomy 2
4
Principles of Genetics
3
Current Topics in BIOL
2

Choose One:

Ecological Assessment
3
or
Environmental Conservation
3
or
Ecology
3

Biology Electives - 6 Credits
300 or higher
Choose from Biology Elective list below. 

Supporting Sciences - 29 Credits
Adv Algebra-Analytical Trig
4
General Chemistry 1
5
General Chemistry 2
5
Fund of Organic Chemistry
4
Fund of Biochemistry
3
Introductory Physics 1
4
Introductory Physics 2
4
Biology Application Area - 6 Credits
Stats for the Life Sciences
3
Orientation to Medical Vocabul
1
Responding to Emergencies
2
Electives - 20 Credits to reach minimum of 121 credits
Biology Electives - Consult with Advisor
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