»Science Course Requirements

Although the specific lower division science course requirements for health professional programs may vary between universities, the basic core science requirements are very similar.  These courses are listed below along with the appropriate Chapman course number.  Important:  This list is meant as a general reference only.  It is important to familiarize yourself with each prospective professional school by going directly to their admissions requirement web pages.

  • Two semesters of General Chemistry (Chem 140 and Chem 150)
  • Two semesters of General Biology (Biol 204 or Biol 205 or Biol 208/209)
  • Two semesters of General Physics (Phys 101 and 102 or Phys 107 and 108)
  • Two semesters of Calculus (Math 110 and Math 111)
  • One/two semester(s) of Organic Chemistry (Chem 230 and/or Chem 331)

Advanced Placement (A.P.) Credit Limitations:

Not all medical schools accept A.P. scores to satisfy admission requirements (e.g. 1 or 2 semesters of English). All pre-med students are urged to meet with their advisor to select appropriate course work. Medical schools that do not accept high school AP scores in biology, chemistry, physics, or calculus, will require that relevant prerequisite coursework be taken at a college or university for a letter grade.

Recommended Course Lists:

Additional courses are often recommended by individual health care programs.  The following is a breakdown of specific health care programs and courses that are often recommended.  Several majors at Chapman University have been specifically designed to incorporate all required coursework and serve as a stepping stone for admission into selected professional health care programs.  Links to these majors are included at the bottom of the recommended course lists. 

Click on each program below for a list of additional recommended courses.

+-Pre-Dentistry

Additional recommended courses:

  • Human Anatomy (Biol 210/210L)
  • Biochemistry (Chem 335/Chem 335L and Chem 336)
  • Microbiology (Biol 417/417L)
  • Human Physiology (Biol 211 or Biol 365 and Biol 366/366L)
  • Medicinal Chemistry (Chem 350)
  • Statistics (Math 203)Advanced coursework in chemistry

Recommended majors:

+-Pre-Medicine

Additional recommended courses

  • Human Anatomy (Biol 210/210L) - highly recommended
  • Human Physiology (Biol 211 or Biol 365 and Biol 366/366L)
  • Medicinal Chemistry (Chem 350)
  • Physiology of Drugs (Biol 355)
  • Cell & Molecular Biology (Biol 450/450L)
  • Immunology (Biol 337)
  • Biochemistry (Chem 335/335L and Chem 336)
  • Statistics (Math 203)

Recommended majors

+-Pre-Optometry

Additional recommended courses

  • Human Physiology (Biol 211 or Biol 365 and Biol 366/366l)
  • Microbiology (Biol 417/417L)
  • Biochemistry (Chem 335/335L and Chem 336)
  • Modern Optics (Phys 370)
  • Statistics (Math 203)

Recommended majors

+-Pre-Pharmacy

Additional recommended courses

  • Human Anatomy (Biol 210/210L)
  • Human Physiology (Biol 211 or Biol 365 and Biol 366/366L)
  • Medicinal Chemistry (Chem 350)
  • Physiology of Drugs (Biol 355)
  • Cell & Molecular Biology (Biol 450/450L)
  • Biochemistry (Chem 335/335L and Chem 336)
  • Immunology (Biol 337)
  • Microbiology (Biol 417/417L)
  • Physical Biochemistry (Chem 420/420L)
  • Statistics (Math 203)
  • Advanced coursework in chemistry

Recommended majors

+-Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Additional recommended courses

  • Human Anatomy (Biol 210/210L) - highly recommended
  • Human Physiology (Biol 211 or Biol 365 and Biol 366/366L)
  • Medicinal Chemistry (Chem 350)
  • Physiology of Drugs (Biol 355)
  • Cell & Molecular Biology (Biol 450/450L)
  • Immunology (Biol 337)
  • Biochemistry (Chem 335/335L and Chem 336)
  • Animal Behavior (Biol 335/335l)
  • Microbiology (Biol 417/417L)
  • Statistics (Math 203)
  • Courses in communication, journalism, sociology, economics and psychology are strongly recommended.

Recommended majors:

+-Physician Assistant OR Nursing (Graduate)

Additional recommended courses

  • Human Anatomy (Biol 210/210L) - highly recommended
  • Human Physiology (Biol 211 or Biol 365 and Biol 366/366L)
  • Medicinal Chemistry (Chem 350)
  • Physiology of Drugs (Biol 355)
  • Cell & Molecular Biology (Biol 450/450L)
  • Immunology (Biol 337)
  • Biochemistry (Chem 335/335L and Chem 336)
  • Microbiology (Biol 417/417L)
  • Statistics (Math 203)

Recommended majors

+-Occupational Therapy (Graduate)

Additional recommended courses

  • General Psychology (Psy 101)
  • Abnormal Psychology (Psy 328)
  • Sociology (Soc 101)
  • Medical Sociology (Soc 385)
  • Human Anatomy (Biol 210/210L)
  • Human Physiology (Biol 211 or Biol 365 and Biol 366/366L)
  • Statistics (Math 203)

Recommended major

+-Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

Additional recommended courses

  • General Psychology (Psy 101)
  • Abnormal Psychology (Psy 328)
  • Developmental Psychology (Psy 326)
  • Human Anatomy (Biol 210/210L)
  • Human Physiology (Biol 211 or Biol 365 and Biol 366/366L)
  • Exercise Physiology (Biol 350/350L)
  • Statistics (Mat h203)

Recommended majors

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