2019-2020 College Catalog 
    Oct 28, 2020  
2019-2020 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology, Pre-Health Professional (Pre-Medical, Pre-Dental, Pre-Optometry) Specialization, B.S.

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Department Chairperson- Dr. J. Michael Engle

The Biology major at Mount Aloysius College prepares students to enter careers in biology or to pursue graduate or professional education with a foundation in the liberal arts. The goals of the program include:

  1. Scientific Method - Students will be able to effectively define and use the scientific method to answer biological questions;
  2. Reasoning and Analysis - Students will be able to critically analyze scientific data and its interpretation both in the literature and in their own experimental work;
  3. Core Biological Knowledge - Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of core biological subjects with additional proficiency related to their chosen specialization;
  4. Research Skills - Students will be able to identify and utilize appropriate resources for both primary and secondary research. In addition, students will be able to identify and utilize the appropriate experimental design, methodology, and equipment to conduct field and laboratory research in an ethically sound manner; and
  5. Communication Skills: Students will be able to organize and express scientific knowledge and their own ideas clearly and coherently both in written and oral formats.

Requirements for Admission

Completion of high school coursework in biology, chemistry, and algebra with a “C” or better.

Some articulation programs require a specific SAT score for early admission. Students interested in such programs should contact the department chair for more information on the program they seek to pursue.

Early Acceptance Program with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

 Coordinator: Dr. Merrilee Anderson

 ”3+ or 4+” Early Acceptance Program in LECOM’s School of Pharmacy - Doctor of Pharmacy Degree

 Under a joint agreement between the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) and Mount Aloysius College, undergraduate students who have successfully completed specific core course requirements at Mount Aloysius College may continue their education in medicine at LECOM in this program of study. The program is comprised of two phases: phase I consists of the first three or four years of undergraduate education at Mount Aloysius College; Phase II consists of the remaining three years of pharmacy school education at LECOM’s Erie Campus or four years at the Bradenton, Florida campus.

 Mount Aloysius College will confer a Bachelor of Science: Biology degree to students in the 4+4 option and a Bachelor of Science: Professional Studies - Health Studies degree to students in the 3+4 option, upon successful completion of the first year of LECOM’s academic curriculum.

 Students will be admitted to the Mount Aloysius Phase (Phase I) of the program based upon the following criteria:

  • SAT/ACT Scores: SAT ≥1170 on the 2005 SAT or 1240 on the 2016 SAT (Math + Verbal) or ACT score 26
  • High School GPA: 3.5 on a scale of 4.0

 Students currently enrolled at Mount Aloysius College who do not meet the criteria listed above, but have completed at least one year of study at Mount Aloysius College and meet the science and overall GPA criteria listed below and all other Mount Aloysius College academic policies while pursuing his or her degree at the time of application to the program are eligible for enrollment.

  • Cumulative GPA of > 3..4*
  • Cumulative Science GPA of >3.4*
  • Provide Writing Sample
  • Background check (including drug and alcohol screening) as described by LECOM
  • Meet and agree to LECOM’s Health and Technical Standards
  • Taking of the PCAT is optional.

 *As of February 1st of the year of matriculation or provide proof that these are achievable by the end of the spring term.

NOTE: For students enrolled in 3+ programs, courses from LECOM must be transferred back for the senior year equivalent.

Core Course Requirements


Upper-Division Literature

  • ENGL 300/400 3 Credits


  • ART, ENGL, MUSC, THEA 3 Credits

History /Political Science

  • HIST or PLSC 3 Credits



Religious Studies/Philosophy

  • RLST or PHIL 3 Credits
  • RLST 300/400 3 Credits

Social Science


Cultural Diversity

  • Cultural Diversity: 3 Credits

Integrated Discipline Capping

Total Credits in Core: 47 Credits

Major Course Requirements

Total Credits in Major: 15 Credits

(Includes 7 credits in the core)

(46 credits including Biology credits are listed under Core Course Requirements. Students in the Biology major will complete 40-45 credits within the major with the completion of a required specialization.)

Pre-Health Professional Specialization

(Pre-Medical, Pre-Dental, Pre-Optometry)

Required Courses

Total Credits for Pre-Health Professional Specialization: 26 Credits

Other Required Coursework

Total Credits in Other Required Coursework: 30 Credits

Total Credits for Free Electives: 9 Credits

Total Credits for Degree: 120 Credits

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