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Elective Upper-Division Science Courses

As an applicant to a health professions school, you are at an advantage if you take science classes beyond the minimal requirements listed above. These courses are also quite useful for reapplicants and first-time applicants who have already completed pre-requisites, but whose academic record needs strengthening (Academic Record Enhancers). Health Profession schools often value upper-division science classes over graduate seminar classes, due to the greater similarity of classes within the former category with their classes, and the rampant grade inflation within the latter category.

 

Health profession schools prefer that you take advanced courses in your area(s) of interest rather than duplicate material that will be covered in their curricula. There are other advanced science courses that you might consider in consultation with an advisor. All courses below link to course descriptions.

 

Dept/Number Title
Units
BIOL 328/329 Human Anatomya/(Extra Lab)a
3/4
BIOL 350 Cell Biologyb,c
3
BIOL 355 or 356 Geneticsc or Honors Geneticsd
3/2
BIOL 357 and/or 361 Molecd and/or Human Geneticsd
3/3
BIOL 380 and/or 382 Embryold and/or Devel Biold
3/3
BIOL 401/402 Gen Microbiology/Labd
3/2
BIOL 420/421 General. Virology/Labd
3/2
BIOL 425 Emerging Diseases
3
BIOL 430 Medical Microbiologyd
5
BIOL 435/436 Immunol, Immunol/Labd
3/2
BIOL 439 Medical Mycologyd
4/3
BIOL 442/443 Microbial Physiology/Labd
3
BIOL 453/454 Parasitology/Labd
3/1
BIOL 464 Medical Entomologyd
3
BIOL 612/613 Human Physiologya,c,d/Laba,c,d
3/2
BIOL 614 Vertebrate Histologyd
4
BIOL 615 Molecular Pathophysiologyd
3
BIOL 616 Cardiorespiratory Physiologyd
3
BIOL 617 Adv Topics in Physiologyd
3
BIOL 620 and/or 622 Endocrinold and/or Horm. & Beh.d
3
BIOL 621 Reproductive Physiologyd
3
BIOL 625 Hematologyd
3
BIOL 630/631 Animal Physiology/Labd
3/2
BIOL 640/642 Cellulard/Systems Neuroscienced
3/3
BIOL 699/CHEM 699 Special Study in Biold/Chemd
1-3
BIOL 730 Pharmacologyd
3
BIOL 760 Cancer Biologyd
3
BIOL 861-884 Graduate Biology Seminarsd
1-2
CHEM 349 340 or 341 Genl Biochemc; Biochem I/IIb
3
CHEM 338 Organic Chem II Spec Proj Labb
3
CHEM 347/348 Clinical Biochemistry/Labb
2/2
CHEM 640 Medicinal Chemistryb
1-3
BIOL 458 Biometryb
3/4
SCI 235 Science Conceptse
2
SCI 695 Health Professions Colloquiumf
2

Notes

a: usually not required by medical schools but may be required by other health profession schools

b: best taken after completion of Minimum Science Requirements

c: Bio 350, Bio 355, Bio 612 and Chem 349 are very helpful in preparing for MCAT or DAT

d: best taken after completion of Bio 350 and Bio 355

e: provides tutoring for all introductory science classes; sponsored by HealthPath

f: provides help with personal statements and interviewing; sponsored by HealthPath

▲: has an accompanying auxiliary science course.

 

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