Department of Biological and Allied Health Sciences, College of Science and Technology
Effective Spring 2007
Biology majors should schedule 50.290 Writing in Biology in their sophomore year. If 50.290 cannot be scheduled, 20.201 English Composition II may be substituted. In addition to general education requirements, additional free elective hours are required to meet the university requirement of 120 hours for a baccalaureate degree.
Foreign language requirement. Choose any one of the following courses: 10.101 French 1,10.102 French 2, 10.203 French 3; 10.204 French 4; 11.101 German 1, 11.102 German 2, 11.203 German 3, 11.204 German 4; 12.101 Spanish 1;12.102 Spanish 2, 12.203 Spanish 3, 12.204 Spanish 4; 13.102 Russian 2, 13.203 Russian 3, 13.204 Russian 4; 14.102 Italian 2; or 16.106 Chinese 2.
A maximum of 3 cr hr of 50.490 may be applied as biology elective credit toward the degree. A maximum of 6 cr hr from among 50.390, 50.391, 50.490, 50.493 and 50.494 may be applied as biology elective credit toward the degree.
Students intending to apply to graduate programs in Physical Therapy or Physician Assistant are strongly encouraged to pursue the B.A. in Biology.
Pre-Physical Therapy - Physical therapists examine, diagnose, and treat patients that have a variety of musculoskeletal, cardiac, neurological, and pulmonary problems. They carry out programs to help increase a patient's strength and flexibility, to relieve pain, and to help limit permanent physical disabilities. Most physical therapy degree programs are now at the doctoral level, although there are still a few at the master's level. Students complete a bachelor's degree (we strongly recommend the Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology) at Bloomsburg then transfer to a physical therapy program where they earn a masters (M.S. PT) or a doctoral (D.PT) degree. These programs are usually 2 or 3 years in length. Bloomsburg students have been admitted to many different schools; there are 14 in Pennsylvania. Bloomsburg has affiliation agreements with Thomas Jefferson University and Drexel-Hahnemann University that guarantee admission to our students providing specific undergraduate requirements are met.
Pre-Physician Assistant - Physician assistants work under the supervision of and in collaboration with physicians. They provide a broad range of diagnostic, educational, and therapeutic patient care services. There is currently a great deal of variation in the length of physician assistant education programs and the degrees granted. Some programs offer certificates of completion, some offer bachelor's degrees, and others offer master's degrees. Students may complete 2 or 3 years of core science and math courses at Bloomsburg and then transfer into a physician assistant program, or they can complete the Bachelor of Arts in Biology and then transfer into a masters PA degree program. Bloomsburg students have been admitted into many different physician assistant schools; there are 14 in Pennsylvania.
50.114 Concepts in Biology I
50.115 Concepts in Biology II
50.271 Cell Biology
50.479 Integrated Physiology Laboratory
And at least one of the following physiology lecture courses:
53.141 Introduction to Statistics
52.115 Chemistry for the Sciences I
52.116 Chemistry for the Sciences II
And 13 additional biology (minimum of 9 credits in biology) and other science electives to total 43 total credits for the major.
Biology and Other Science Electives - choose from the following: