Direct entry students are required to complete prerequisite courses prior to the start of the program. All prerequisite coursework must be completed by June 30. Students must receive a minimum grade of B- (80) in each of the prerequisite courses and AP credit is not accepted as fulfilling prerequisite coursework. The prerequisite courses include:
- Social Science
Course may be in the area of sociology, psychology, anthropology, economics, or political science.
- Human Development, Lifespan Development, or Developmental Psychology
A course that covers the lifespan (infancy to older adulthood) is preferred; child development (infancy through late adolescence) will be accepted. A course that only covers a single phase (e.g., infant development or adolescent development) is not acceptable.
An introductory course is acceptable.
- Anatomy and Physiology I and II with Lab (Human)
If taken separately, one semester of anatomy and one semester of physiology are acceptable. Must focus exclusively on human anatomy and physiology (not comparative or mammalian). Courses must include lab and must have been taken within five years of application.
- General Chemistry I with Lab
Course must include lab and must have been taken within five years of application.
- Microbiology (Biology of Microbes) with Lab
- Course must include lab and must have been taken within five years of application.
Course must have been taken within five years of application. Course may be waived for students with biology/neuroscience degrees in good academic standing.
It is preferred that applicants have at least 4 of the following 5 science prerequisites completed or in process at the time of application: General Chemistry with Lab, Microbiology with Lab, Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab, Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab and Pathophysiology.
For coursework completed before applying, please submit transcripts as part of your application.
For coursework that you plan to complete after applying, but prior to starting the program, please indicate this on the application and submit transcripts following course completion.
- Applicants are responsible for ensuring that coursework they have completed satisfies the prerequisite requirements. The graduate program staff will not contact applicants during the admissions process to verify prerequisite coursework.
- Prerequisite courses may be taken at any accredited college or university. This includes in-person and online courses with virtual labs, and also those available at community colleges. Please call if you have any questions.