Sample Schedules

The following sample schedules are meant to be used as guidelines in developing the pre-health student’s schedule. There is no one “right way”, but rather there are many ways that a student can schedule the pre-health core curriculum with any desired major or experience. Please use the following information to help put together an appropriate schedule. Recommendations are based on taking three years to complete requirements.  It is certainly an option to take all four years to accomplish this goal; the student would apply to the professional school after graduation.  Please note that the specific courses included apply to most health professional programs.  There may be additional requirements, and the student should consult the Advising and Requirements page for a complete set of requirements. Students are strongly encouraged to seek advice from their academic advisor as well as from Ms Peterson, Health Professions Advisor.

1. Majors: Biochemistry, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Math, Physics

First Year:

  • Math sequence:  Math 159, 160, 170  (starting point depends on math placement testing)
  • Chemistry: Chem 120, and Chem 122 if math placement allows

First/Second Years:

  • Chemistry: Complete introductory sequence, begin organic sequence (depending on major)
  • Biology: Begin the 3 course sequence in biology (Bio 220, 221, FS Bio 201)
  • English: English 200 or higher level literature course

Second/Third Years:

  • Organic Chemistry: Complete the 3 course sequence  (Chem 231, 332, 234 or 336)
  • Physics: Complete one of the sequences  (Physics 101 and 102) or (Physics 110 and 120)
  • Biology: Complete the 3 course sequence

One Possible Schedule:

First Yr Fall Semester
Math 159 or 160
Chem 120
FS 101
Your choice*
First Yr Spring Semester
Math 160 or 170
Chem 122
FS 102
Psych 110/Eng 200/Soc 201
Sophomore Fall
Physics 110
Bio 220
Eng 200
Psych 110/Eng 200/Soc 201
Sophomore Spring
Physics 120
Bio 221
FS Bio 201
Psych 110/Eng 200/Soc 201
Junior Fall
Chem 231
Psych 110/Eng 200/Soc 201
Your choice
Your choice
Junior Spring
Chem 332
Chem 234 or 336
Your choice
Your choice

*Consider courses for your major,  minor, or additional requirements of particular professional schools

2. Majors: Biology or Neuroscience

First Year:

  • Math sequence:  Math 159, 160, 170  (starting point depends on math placement testing) or Math 157 and 158
  • Chemistry: Chem 110, and Chem 112 if math placement allows
  • Biology: Biology 220 if chemistry level allows and you are planning a biology major

First/Second Years:

  • Chemistry: Complete introductory sequence, begin organic sequence if possible
  • Biology: Begin the 3 course sequence in biology (Bio 220, 221, FS Bio 201)
  • English: English 200 or higher level literature course

Second/Third Years:

  • Organic Chemistry: Complete the 3 course sequence  (Chem 231, 332, 234 or 336)
  • Physics: Complete one of the sequences  (Physics 101 and 102) or (Physics 110 and 120)
  • Biology: Complete the 3 course sequence

One Possible Schedule:

First Yr Fall Semester
Math 158, 159, or 160
Chem 120 (or no chem)
FS 101
Psych 110/Eng 200/Soc 201
First Yr Spring Semester
Math 158, 160, or 170
Chem 122 (or Chem 110)
FS 102
Bio 220
Sophomore Fall
Chem 231 (or Chem 112)
Bio 221
FS Bio 201
Your choice*
Sophomore Spring
Chem 332 (or elective)
Chem 234 or 336
Physics 101
Psych 110/Eng 200/Soc 201
Your choice
Junior Fall
Physics 102
Your choice or Chem 231
Psych 110/Eng 200/Soc 201
Your choice
Junior Spring
Your choice
Your choice or Chem 332
Your choice
Your choice

*Consider courses for your major,  minor, or additional requirements of particular professional schools

3. Majors in the Humanities and Social Sciences

First Year:

  • Math sequence:  Math 157, 158  or 159,160 (depending on interest and placement testing)
  • Chemistry: Chem 110, and Chem 112 if math placement allows

First/Second Years:

  • Chemistry: Complete introductory sequence
  • Biology: Begin the 3 course sequence in biology (Bio 220, 221, FS Bio 201)
  • English: English 200 or higher level literature course

Second/Third Years:

  • Organic Chemistry: Complete the 3 course sequence  (Chem 231, 332, 234 or 336)
  • Physics: Complete one of the sequences  (Physics 101 and 102) or (Physics 110 and 120)
  • Biology: Complete the 3 course sequence

One Possible Schedule:

First Yr Fall Semester
Math 157
FS 101
Psych 110/Eng 200/Soc 201
Your choice*
First Yr Spring Semester
Math 158
FS 102
Chem 110
Your choice
Sophomore Fall
Chem 112
Bio 220
Psych 110/Eng 200/Soc 201
Your choice
Sophomore Spring
Physics 101
Bio 221
FS Bio 201
Your choice
Junior Fall
Physics 102
Chem 231
Psych 110/Eng 200/Soc 201
Your choice
Junior Spring
Chem 332
Chem 234 (1 credit lab)
Your choice
Your choice
Your choice

*Consider courses for your major,  minor, or additional requirements of particular professional schools

4. Students Considering Study Abroad

  • Cologne, Germany Program only:  Students study abroad in their sophomore year and must plan accordingly.
  • All Study Abroad Programs Except Cologne, Germany: Students study abroad during their junior year.  Either semester works, but students should consider their testing requirements as well as their course work when deciding which semester they prefer.