Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

Biological Sciences B.S. – Pre-health and Biomedical Sciences Emphasis

College of Natural and Health Sciences

Contact: Mitchell E. McGlaughlin, Ph.D., School Director

Location: Ross Hall 2480

Telephone: 970.351.2921

Website: www.unco.edu/nhs/biology

Advising Information:

Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering.

To find your advisor, log into ursa.unco.edu; go to 'Student' tab and click 'View Student Information' link. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.

In accordance with University Policies, coursework earned more than 10 years prior to the date of matriculation to UNC may not be used to satisfy any major or minor requirements. Any exception to this policy is at the discretion of the academic program. The school's transfer advisor can be reached at 970.351.2921.

The program consists of three parts:

  1. Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits
  3. University-Wide Credits

Program Description:

This emphasis is intended for premed and other students having an interest in the human and animal health professions. This program meets the minimal requirements for admittance to most professional schools of health science. Undergraduates entering this program should have a strong interest in Biological Sciences and have completed general high school science and mathematics requirements. Given the technical nature of some required courses, additional preparatory coursework may be required for students with limited previous STEM experience.

Students who successfully complete the program will be prepared for admission to medical, veterinary, dentistry, chiropractic, or paramedical professional programs. They will also be prepared to continue their education in a wide range of graduate programs as diverse as microbiology and human physiology. 

This would also be an appropriate emphasis for students interested in working in health communication, pharmaceutical sales, hospitals, biotechnology companies, or government laboratories such as the Centers for Disease Control. 

Program Admission Requirements:

Academic Good Standing

Program Requirements:

The State of Colorado has mandated that institutions of higher education assess student outcomes resulting from their college education. The School of Biological Sciences requires that all undergraduate students entering under this Catalog meet the following conditions in addition to meeting the graduation requirements of the University:

  • In the senior year of study all undergraduates will take a standardized assessment administered by the School of Biological Sciences to assess the effectiveness of the curriculum.
  • Junior and seniors with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher are permitted to take 500-level courses. Any 500 level BIO prefix courses will be applied to Biological Science Advanced Study requirements. Consult with faculty advisor to ensure courses are appropriate.
  • NOTE: Students completing a major in Biological Sciences and a minor in Chemistry are exempt from the university policy that a maximum of 12 credit hours can be shared between a major and minor. A student must still complete a minimum of 6 upper-division UNC credits (300-400) or UNC approved Study Abroad credits in the minor. 

Degree Requirements — 120 Credits

1. Liberal Arts Curriculum — 31 credits

Written Communication — 6 credits

SCI 291 (3) is recommended to fulfill Intermediate Written Communication requirement and will fulfill both LAC and major requirements. 

See Written Communication courses

Mathematics — 3 credits

MATH 171 (4) is recommended to fulfill Mathematics requirement and will fulfill both LAC and major requirements. 

See Mathematics courses

Arts & Humanities, History, Social & Behavioral Sciences, U.S. Multicultural Studies, and International Studies — 15 credits

To complete the LAC in the minimum number of credits, be sure to choose at least one course with an IS designation and one course with an MS designation. 

Select any courses to fulfill this requirement from the currently approved LAC course list. 

See Arts & Humanities, History, and Social & Behavioral Sciences courses

Natural & Physical Sciences — 7 credits

BIO 110 (4), BIO 111 (4), CHEM 111 (4), CHEM 111L (1) and PHYS 220 (5) are recommended to fulfill Natural & Physical Sciences requirement and will fulfill both LAC and major requirements. 

See Natural & Physical Sciences courses

See Liberal Arts Curriculum

2. Required Major — 95 credits

Take all of the following courses (59 credits):

BIO 110Biology: Atoms to CellsLAS1LASL

4

BIO 111Biology: Organisms to EcosystemsLAS1LASL

4

BIO 210Cell Biology

3

BIO 220Genetics

4

BIO 341Human Anatomy

4

BIO 350Human Physiology

4

BIO 351Microbiology

4

BIO 360Ecology

4

BIO 465Evolution

3

CHEM 111Principles of Chemistry ILAS1

4

CHEM 111LPrinciples of Chemistry I LaboratoryLAS1LASL

1

CHEM 112Principles of Chemistry II

4

CHEM 112LPrinciples of Chemistry II Laboratory

1

MATH 171Calculus I for Life SciencesLAX1

4

PHYS 220Introductory Physics ILAS1LASL

5

STAT 250Statistics for Life Sciences

3

SCI 291Scientific WritingLAW2

3

Choose from the following Chemistry options (3-5 credits)

Complete both:

CHEM 331Organic Chemistry I

4

CHEM 331LOrganic Chemistry I Laboratory

1

or complete

CHEM 231Principles of Organic Chemistry

3

Biomedical Electives — Choose at least 15 credits from the following courses (15-18 credits):

BIO 320Introduction to Medical Genetics

3

BIO 325Introduction to Cancer Biology

3

BIO 328Introduction to Developmental Biology

3

BIO 333General Parasitology

4

BIO 381Principles of Immunology

3

BIO 425Molecular Genetics

3

BIO 442Molecular and Cellular Laboratory

2

BIO 448Pathobiology

3

BIO 450Cell Physiology

3

BIO 476Pharmacology

3

BIO 481Introduction to Neurobiology

3

CHEM 332Organic Chemistry II

4

and

CHEM 332LOrganic Chemistry II Laboratory

1

CHEM 381Principles of Biochemistry

3

and

CHEM 381LPrinciples of Biochemistry Lab

1

PHYS 221Introductory Physics II

5

Note: Medical, dental and some other health professional schools (pharmacy, veterinary, etc.) will require PHYS 221, CHEM 332, CHEM 332L, and other courses. If you need to take two semesters of biochemistry or do not need a biochemistry lab, enroll in CHEM 481 (CHEM 481L optional) and CHEM 482 (CHEM 482L optional) instead of CHEM 381 and CHEM 381L. Graduate level courses may be substituted for some of the courses above. Consult an advisor to ensure that you are taking courses to match your career goals.

Professional Supporting Course - Take one of the following options (3 credits):

ANT 110Introduction to Cultural AnthropologyLAB3LAIS

3

ANT 355Medical Anthropology

3

BAMG 350Management and Organizational Behavior

3

COMM 100Basics of Public Speaking

3

FND 245Introduction to Nutrition

3

LEAD 100Fundamentals of Leadership

3

PHIL 250Medical EthicsLAA3

3

PSY 120Principles of PsychologyLAB3

3

PSY 255Introduction to Mental Health

3

SOC 100Principles of SociologyLAB3

3

Note: Medical, dental and some other health professional schools (pharmacy, veterinary, etc.) require specific courses from the list above. Not all courses run in all semesters. Consult an advisor to ensure that you are taking courses to match your career goals.

Biological Science Advanced Study

Choose from BIO-prefix courses at the 300 level or higher to bring your Required Major Credits to 95 total.

Please see course listings in the graduate catalog for additional course options (must be a junior or senior with a minimum 3.0 GPA to take graduate level courses). Consult an advisor to ensure that you are taking courses to match your career goals.

NOTE: A maximum of 3 credits total of BIO 422, BIO 492, BIO 493, and BIO 494 can count towards the fulfillment of this category.

Capstone Professional Experience (1 credit)

Take one credit (chosen in consultation with faculty advisor to help match career goals) from:

BIO 422Directed Studies

1- 3

BIO 492Internship in Biological Sciences

1- 3

BIO 493Clinical Internship in Biological Sciences

1- 3

BIO 494Practicum in College Biological Science Instruction

1- 2

3. University-Wide Credits — 0 credits*

*Note: Students must apply the recommended courses to both the liberal arts curriculum requirements and the major requirements to complete this degree program in 120 credit hours. Students may have an increased number of university wide electives to apply to this degree depending on the number of credits applied to both the LAC and the major. See your advisor for details.