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Non-Science Majors: Program Options

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Introduction

The following information is specifically designed for incoming BC Freshmen, present undergraduates, and BC alumni/ae. As such, detailed course recommendations (complete with course numbers) are listed. Therefore non-BC individuals may want to skip this section and visit the Program Overview.
 

Non-Science Majors: Program Options

We have divided the Options below into 3 Groups:  Please select the Group  (1, 2, or 3) that best fits your academic background and then choose the appropriate course options listed under that Group number. The Majority of incoming B.C. freshman choose Group 1 Options.

Group 1 Option(s):
Students Who Have Completed one year of Chemistry, Biology, Physics, and Math in high school.

Group 2 Option(s):
Students Who Have Completed one year of Chemistry, Biology, Physics, and Math in high school, but these students have also completed a second year of Chemistry or Biology.

Group 3 Option(s):
Students Who Have not had a minimum of at least one year of Chemistry, Biology, Physics, and Math in high school.


                                     Group 1 Option(s):

Students Who Have Completed one year of Chemistry, Biology, Physics, and Math in high school.

A variety of options, (see Options 1A – 1D below), are available for non-science majors who have completed one year of Chemistry, Biology, Physics, and Math in high school. Students should plan science and math courses in relation to the courses required in a potential major. However, other (well thought out) sequences are possible. Options 1A & 1B are the most popular options.

Option 1A. "Traditional"  Non-Science Major: Three Year Option
(Biology, Chemistry, & Math  Start Fall of Freshman Year)

Freshman Year Sophomore Year Junior Year
Molecs. & Cells (BIOL 2000 F)*
Possible Spring Science Electives (e.g., Physiology—BIOL 3030;   Cell Bio — BIOL 3040; Ecology & Evolution — BIOL 2010)
Organic Chem. 
(CHEM 2231 F, 
CHEM 2232 S)
Physics  (PHYS 2100 F,  PHYS 2101 S)****
Gen. Chem. (CHEM 1109F,   CHEM 1110 S)** Organic Chem. Lab
(CHEM 2233 F,            CHEM 2234 S)
Physics Lab (PHYS 2050 F, PHYS 2051S)****
Gen. Chem. Lab
(CHEM 1111 F, CHEM 1112 S)**
Investigations in Molec. Cell Bio. Lab (BIOL 2040 F or S) Science Electives (e.g., Biochemistry, Cell Bio., Genetics, Microbiology, Physiology, etc. (see Biol. Dept. site)
Calculus
(MATH 1100 F, MATH 1101 S)***
Science Electives (e.g., Cell Biology, Genetics, Microbiology, Physiology, etc. (see Biol. Dept. site)  
English Core Req. & Electives
or Cores
   

Important! See Following Footnotes

*      Gen. Chem. (CHEM 1109) or equivalent, or permission of department, is a 
        prerequisite or corequisite for BIOL 2000.
**    or the Honors Chemistry courses Principles of Modern Chemistry  
        (CHEM 1117–1118), and Modern Chemistry Lab (CHEM 1119–1120) — both by
        invitation of the instructor only.
***   or, if supported by AP exam or Math Dept. recommendation, Calculus II
        /Statistics (MATH 1101 and BIOL 2300 or ECON 1151).
**** Foundations of Physics (PHYS 1500 F–PHYS 1501 S; algebra based) and laboratory
        (PHYS 2050 F–PHYS 2051 S) also fulfill health professions school requirements, but the
        Premedical Committee recommends Introduction to Physics (PHYS 2100–2101;
        calculus based) and its associated lab (PHYS 2050–2051).

Option 1B. "Ease In" Non Science Majors: Three Year Option
(Chemistry & Math started Fall Freshman Year; Biology Started Spring of Freshman year)

       This option is designed to allow you more time to adjust to college during
        fall of freshman year.

  • This is similar to Option 1A, except that your first Biology course, Molecules and Cells (BIOL 2000S), is taken spring of freshman year. Gen. Chem and Math are taken as outlined in  Option 1A.

Option 1C.  Non-Science Majors: Three Year Option (Chemistry & Math taken Freshman Year; Biology Started Fall of Sophomore Year)

  • This option is similar to Option 1A except that

1)      Molecules and Cells (BIOL 2000 F) is taken fall of sophomore year (ie. no
         biology freshman year)

2)      Investigations in Molecular Cell Biology lab (BIOL 2040 S) is taken spring of
         sophomore year

3)      Physiology (BIOL 3030 F&S) is taken fall or spring of junior year (if on 3 year
         cycle…to help prepare for entrance exams).

  • Additional electives (e.g. Biochemistry, Genetics, Cell Biology, Statistics, Ecology and Evolution, etc.) are taken either Junior or Senior year.  Note: If you plan on applying to graduate school on the 3 year cycle (see Three vs. Four Year Course Sequencing), Admissions Committees will probably not see your fall senior year grades.
  • Additional core required science/math courses are taken as outlined in Option 1A.

Option 1D.  Non-Science Majors:  4 Year Option – Options 1A, or 1B, or 1C & Addt’l Science Courses 4th Year

In this program, the student completes any of the above options during his/her first three years. During senior year, the student has time to complete additional science electives, research, and any other projects of interest. Some recommended science electives include Biochemistry, Genetics, Cell Biology, Microbiology, Physiology, and Statistics-see Bio Dept. web site. The student can then apply to health professions graduate school at the end of senior year, and therefore admissions committees have four (instead of three) years work to evaluate. This very popular option allows students to strengthen their candidacy before applying, thus increasing chances for admission.

                                        Group 2 Option(s):

Students Who Have Completed one year of Chemistry, Biology, Physics, and Math in high school, but these students have also completed a second year of Chemistry or Biology.

                                                                                                                                               Option 2.  Non-Science Majors:  Three Year Option (Biology Started Fall of Freshman Year)

This option is most appropriate for incoming students with a very solid high school Biology background that includes significant exposure to the concepts of evolution and ecology.

  • This is the same as option 1A except that,

1)      Molecules and Cells (BIOL 2000F) is taken in the fall of freshman year

2)      A Genetics Course (eg. BI0L 3150, BIOL 3190, etc. – see Biology Department
         website) is taken in the spring of freshman year

  • Additional biology electives (eg Physiology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Statistics) and core required science/math courses are taken as outlined in Option 1A.
  • Note: If you have a 5 in AP Biology, you may consider skipping Molecules & Cells (BIOL 2000) and enrolling in Cell Biology (BIOL 3040). Given that you are not considering majoring in biology, we generally do not recommend this option, as the MCAT focuses on the broader material in BIOL 2000 and you probably will not be taking a significant number of biology electives. If you have a 5 in AP Biology, and are considering skipping Molecules & Cells (BIOL 2000), please discuss this with an advisor from the Premedical Office.

                                          Group 3 Option(s):

Students Who Have not had a minimum of at least one year of Chemistry, Biology, Physics, and Math in high school.

Important: Students in this category, in addition to meeting with normal summer advisors, should also meet with a premedical advisor from the Premedical Office either during summer orientation or during the first week of classes in September (before the drop/add period ends).

NOTE:  Freshmen who are interested in Biology but feel unprepared to go directly into the normal recommended premedical biology course (BI200, Molecules & Cells) or simply want to “try out the discipline” may consider enrolling in General Biology (BIOL 1100).  This one semester CORE course is designed for non-majors and will introduce students to the basics of cell structure and function.  BIOL 1100 satisfies the Natural Science Core but cannot be applied to the Biology or Biochemistry major.  It also does not replace the two Biology courses (BIOL 2000 Molecules & Cells & BIOL 3030 Physiology) recommended for Premedical Students. A student could take General Biology in the fall of freshman year and then complete Molecules & Cells (BIOL 2000) spring of freshman year.

Option 3A.  Non Science Majors: Three Year Option (Chemistry & Math started Fall Freshman Year; Biology Started Spring of Freshman year)

This option allows you more time to adjust to college during the fall of freshman year, but, if you are planning the Three Year Option, this means that you would probably have to simultaneously take more than one science in future years.

Freshman Year Sophomore Year Junior Year
Molecs. & Cells (BIOL 2000 S)*

Organic Chem.
(CHEM 2231 F, CHEM 2232 S)
Physics (PHYS 2211 F, 2212 S)****
Gen. Chem. (CHEM 1109F, 1110 S)** Organic Chem. Lab
(CHEM 2233F, CHEM 2234 S)
Physics Lab
(PHYS 2050 F, 2051 S)****
Gen. Chem. Lab
(CHEM 1111 F, 1112 S)**
Investigations in Molec. Cell Bio. Lab (BIOL 2040 F or S) Science Electives (e.g., Biochemistry, Cell Bio., Genetics, Microbiology, Physiology, etc. (see Biol. Dept. site)
Calculus (MATH 1101 F, 1100 S)*** Science Electives (e.g., Cell Biology, Genetics, Microbiology, Physiology, etc. (see Biol. Dept. site)  
English Core Req. & Electives
or Cores
   
     

Important! See Following Footnotes

*      Gen. Chem. (CHEM 1109) or equivalent, or permission of department, is a 
        prerequisite or corequisite for BI200.
**    or the Honors Chemistry courses Principles of Modern Chemistry  
        (CH1117–1118), and Modern Chemistry Lab (CHEM 1119–1120) — both by
        invitation of the instructor only.
***   or, if supported by AP exam or Math Dept. recommendation, Calculus II
        /Statistics (MATH 1101 and BIOL 2300 or ECON 1151).
**** Foundations of Physics (PHYS 1500–1501; algebra based) and laboratory
        (PHYS 2050–2051) also fulfill health professions school requirements, but the
        Premedical Committee recommends Introduction to Physics (PHYS 2211–2212;
        calculus based) and its associated lab (PH2050–2051).

Option 3B. Non-Science Majors: Three year Option: (Chemistry & Math taken Freshman Year; Biology Started Fall of Sophomore Year)

This option is identical to Option 3A above.  Chemistry and Math are taken freshman year, but Biology is not started until sophomore year. If you plan to be on a 3 Year Cycle, this means that, during sophomore year, you probably would have to take at least two sciences eg Organic Chemistry & Biology.

  • This option is similar to Option 3A except that

1)      Molecules and Cells (BIOL 2000 F) is taken fall of sophomore year (ie. no
         biology freshman year)

2)      Investigations in Molecular Cell Biology lab (BIOL 2040 S) is taken spring of
         sophomore year

3)      Physiology (BIOL 3030 F&S) is taken fall or spring of junior year (if on 3 year
         cycle…to help prepare for entrance exams).

  • Additional electives (e.g. Biochemistry, Genetics, Cell Biology, Statistics, Ecology and Evolution, etc.) are taken either Junior or Senior year.  Note: If you plan on applying to graduate school on the 3 year cycle (see Three vs. Four Year Course Sequencing), Admissions Committees will probably not see your fall senior year grades.
  • Additional core required science/math courses are taken as outlined in Option 3A.

Option 3C. Non-Science Majors:  4 Year Option

In this program, the student completes Options 3A or 3B during his/her first three years. During senior year, the student has time to complete additional science electives, research, and any other projects of interest. Some recommended science electives include Physiology, Biochemistry, Statistics, Genetics, Cell Biology, and Microbiology -see Bio Dept. web site.

Alternatively, the student can take one core required science each year (eg Freshman = Chemistry; Sophomore = Biology; Junior = Organic; Senior = Physics. Appropriate science electives would be taken during junior and senior years.

The student can then apply to health professions graduate school at the end of senior year, and therefore admissions committees have four (instead of three) years work to evaluate. This popular option allows students to strengthen their candidacy before applying, thus increasing chances for admission.

Additional Options for Non Science Majors

As stated earlier, a variety of additional other options are available over and above those listed above. As an example, one can delay math until later in one’s career. One could also take Ecology and Evolution(BIOL 2010 F) fall of freshman year and then complete Option 3a or 3B. Additional Biology electives (e.g. Physiology, Biochemistry, Genetics, etc.) could be taken junior and senior years.

If you are considering additional options, we encourage you to discuss your ideas with a prehealth advisor from the Premedical Office, either during summer orientation or the first week of classes in September, (before the drop/add period ends) before you finalize your choice of courses.