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Health Sciences Program Curricula

For a student planning a career in a health profession, the Health Sciences Program offers valuable pre-professional curriculum and career advising.  Students planning a healthcare career are encouraged to meet with the Director within their first year at the College. Pre-professional sequences have been established to meet the minimum admissions requirements of specific professional programs including human, dental, and veterinary medicine, podiatry, chiropractic, nursing, optometry, physical therapy, physician assistant and pharmacy. Additional curricular sequences can be planned with the Health Sciences Director to meet individual pre-professional requirements.

The minimum admission requirements for most health professions programs are met when the courses listed for a specific area are combined with the pre-professional core curriculum. Students are cautioned that some of the courses listed may have other pre-requisites so it is important to refer to the detailed course descriptions elsewhere in this catalog before planning a course of study. Note that Kalamazoo College does not offer degrees in nursing, medicine, pharmacy, etc.

Pre-Professional Core

BIOL 112 Evolution and Genetics with Lab
BIOL 246 Cell and Molecular Biology with Lab
CHEM 110 Chemical Composition and Structure with Lab
CHEM 120 Chemical Reactivity with Lab
CHEM 210 Organic Chemistry I with Lab
CHEM 220 Organic Chemistry II with Lab

Program-specific sequences to be added to the core:

Medicine (Allopathic, Osteopathic, Dental)
BIOL/CHEM 352 Biochemistry with Lab
PHYS 150 Introductory Physics I with Lab
PHYS 152 Introductory Physics II with Lab
One unit in psychology, sociology and ethics
Two units carrying the Literature Area of Study (in English)

Veterinary Medicine
BIOL 123 Form and Function with Lab
BIOL 322 General Microbiology with Lab
BIOL/CHEM 352 Biochemistry with Lab
BIOL 370 Advanced Genetics with Lab
PED 205 Nutrition
PHYS 150 Introductory Physics I with Lab
PHYS 152 Introductory Physics ii with Lab

Optometry, Podiatry
BIOL/CHEM 352 Biochemistry with Lab
MATH 260 Applied Statistics or
MATH 261 Statistics for the Life Sciences
PHYS 150 Introductory Physics I with Lab
PHYS 152 Introductory Physics II with Lab
Two to three units in psychology
Two units carrying the Literature Area of Study (in English)

Pharmacy*
BIOL 222 Vertebrate Biology or human anatomy with Lab
BIOL 322 General Microbiology with Lab
BIOL 376 Human Physiology with Lab
ECON 106 Principles of Economics II: Macroeconomics
MATH 260 Applied Statistics or
MATH 261 Statistics for the Life Sciences
PHYS 150 Introductory Physics I with Lab
PHYS 152 Introductory Physics II with Lab

Physical Therapy*
BIOL 222 Vertebrate Biology or human anatomy with Lab
BIOL 376 Human Physiology with Lab
MATH 260 Applied Statistics or
MATH 261 Statistics for the Life Sciences
PHYS 150 Introductory Physics I with Lab
PHYS 152 Introductory Physics II with Lab
Three units of psychology

Chiropractic
PHYS 150 Introductory Physics I with Lab
PHYS 152 introductory Physics II with Lab
PSYC 101 Introductory Psychology

Nursing, Physician Assistant*
BIOL 222 Vertebrate Biology or human anatomy with Lab
BIOL 322 General Microbiology with Lab
BIOL/CHEM 352 Biochemistry with Lab
BIOL 376 Human Physiology with Lab
MATH 260 Applied Statistics or
MATH 261 Statistics for the Life Sciences
Two units of psychology

*The pre-requisites for these programs vary so students should use this as a general guide and consult individual programs for exact requirements.

Health Sciences Courses

HLSC 490 Senior Seminar (offered through 2015 only): Discussions of current issues in health care; lectures by visiting speakers; SIP presentations by students.

Health Studies Concentration

Community and Global Health Concentration