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Pre-Health Information

Dr. Bruce Liby
Pre-Health Professions Advisor

The Minor in Pre-Health is designed to provide students with the necessary foundation for a career in the Health Professions. It is open to all undergraduate students in good academic standing.  This designation will be on their official academic record as fulfillment of the requirements of the concentration.  Students from any major and any School of the College may enter the Minor. 

To matriculate in the Minor in Pre-Health Studies, a student must earn an overall average GPA of 3.0 in all courses with no more than two grades lower than a 3.0 in any of the Minor courses.   Students must have completed or be currently enrolled in Science 105, Introduction to Pre-Health Studies.  Any student who, at any time, fails to meet all requirements concurrently will be disenrolled from the Minor.   To be in good standing in the Minor, students must take at least six credits in the Minor per academic year (including summer). Students who fail to do so will be disenrolled from the Minor but may reapply when this requirement is met.  All pre-requisites and co-requisites of the below courses must be taken.

As the prerequisites for the various programs in the Health Professions can vary substantially, students may request, in advance, to substitute specific courses for some of the above requirements.  Substitutions for any of the above courses will be considered on a case-by-case basis and must be approved in advance by the Pre-Health Advisor.  Individual requirements may be waived by the Pre-Health Advisor in special cases.  Students who have been dismissed from the Minor may re-apply.  To be successful, such students must demonstrate a greatly improved academic performance or profound extenuating circumstances.

Minor in Pre-Health Studies Requirements

All students enrolled in the Minor in Pre-Health Studies must take the following courses:

SCI 105Introduction to Pre-Health Studies1
BIOL 111General Biology I4
BIOL 1130
BIOL 112General Biology II4
BIOL 1140
BIOL 217Genetics4
BIOL 2180
CHEM 101General Chemistry I3
CHEM 103General Chemistry Laboratory I1
CHEM 102General Chemistry II3
CHEM 104General Chemistry Laboratory II1
CHEM 319Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 323Organic Chemistry Laboratory I2
CHEM 320Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 324Organic Chemistry Laboratory II2
CHEM 433Biochemistry I3
or BIOL 319 Cellular BioChemistry/Physiology
PHYS 107Introduction to Physics I4
or PHYS 101 Physics I
PHYS 1970
or PHYS 191 Physics I Lab
PHYS 108Introduction to Physics II4
or PHYS 102 Physics II
PHYS 1980
or PHYS 192 Physics II Lab
MATH 155Calculus for the Life Sciences I3
or MATH 185 Calculus I
MATH 156Calculus for the Life Sciences II3
or MATH 186 Calculus II
Total Credits48

Students pursuing a career in Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, and other selected fields may substitute Anatomy and Physiology for Organic Chemistry, with the approval of the Pre-Health Advisor.  The substitutions would be as follows:

  1. Anatomy and Physiology I (BIOL 207. Anatomy and Physiology I; BIOL 209. Anatomy And Physiology Lab I) may replace Organic Chemistry I (CHEM 319. Organic Chemistry I; CHEM 323. Organic Chemistry Laboratory I).
  2. Anatomy and Physiology II (BIOL 208. Anatomy and Physiology II; BIOL 210. Anatomy And Physiology Lab II) may replace Organic Chemistry II  (CHEM 320. Organic Chemistry II; CHEM 324. Organic Chemistry Laboratory II).

The above substitutions are not appropriate for Post-Graduate study in the Medicine, Dentistry, Podiatry, Optometry, and Veterinary fields. 

The following substitution does not require approval: MATH 230. Elementary Statistics or PSYC 214. Statistics and Research Methods I may replace MATH 156. Calculus II.  

For additional information on Pre-Health programs at Manhattan College please go to the Center for Graduate School and Fellowship Advisement