Barry S. Rothman, Ph.D. { Health Professions Home Page}

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Starting Gently

Students with little science preparation may wish to take introductory, non-major's science courses before undertaking the more challenging pre-requisite courses (Minimal Science Requirements). Many of these courses also fulfill General Education requirements, which are only relevant if you intend to complete the 2nd-BS (see GE Requirements for more information). It is especially important to be mathematically competent before undertaking the pre-requisite course work; hence, those with weak math skills are encouraged to take Math 59, Math 60 and/or Math 70 to prepare for entry into Pre-Calculus (Math 109), a course highly recommended before embarking on Introductory Physics I (Physics 111). Statistics (Math 124) is highly recommended for those seeking to enhance overall mathematical competence and for those involved in research projects. The following non-major's courses should be considered (all courses below link to course descriptions):

 

Dept/Number Title
Units
BIOL 100/101 Human Biology /Lab
3/1
BIOL 175 Cells, Microbes, and Life
3
BIOL 210/211 Genl Microbiology & Pub Hlth/Lab
3/1
BIOL 321 Magic, Myths, and Medicine
3
BIOL 326 Disease!
3
BIOL 327 AIDS, The Modern Epidemica
3
BIOL 330 Human Sexuality
3
BIOL 333 The Genetic Revolution
3
BIOL 349 Bioethicsa
3
BIOL 440 Ethical Issues in Science and Technologya
3
CHEM 100 Preparation for Chemistry
3
CHEM 101/102 Survey of Chemistry/Lab
3/1
CHEM 109/110 Food Chemistry/Lab
3/1
CHEM 120 Cancer
3
CHEM 130 General Organic Chemistry
3
MATH 59 Algebra with Pre-Algebra Supportb
4
MATH 60 Algebra Ib
3
MATH 70 Algebra IIb
3
MATH 109 Pre-Calculus
3-4
MATH 124 Statistics
3
PHYS 101/102 Conceptual Physics/Lab
3/1
PHYS 140 Preparation for Physics
3

Notes

a: Highly recommended; relevant even for pre-health students taking major's level courses.

b: Considered remedial; take only if math skills are low.

▲: has an accompanying auxiliary science course.

 

Another approach to starting gently is to take no more than 6 units of Minimum Science Requirements during the first semester you take such classes.

 

 

 

 

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