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 COURSE PREREQUISTES FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
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Intro. Biology
Most specify at least 8 semester hours; others specify 1 year
Most specify at least 8 semester units; others specify 1 year
8 semester hours
Although a few specify 1 year of Intro. Biology, many do not
8-12 semester hours

Inorganic Chemistry (General Chemistry)

8 semester hours
Most specify 8 semester units; others 1 year
4-8 semester hours (varies)
Highly variable; some require only 1 semester; some require 1 year
8 semester hours
Organic Chemistry
8 semester hours; most specify that lab must be included
Most specify 8 semester hours with lab; some (e.g., UCSF and UCLA, require 4-6 semester hours with lab)
4-8 semester hours (varies)
Not specified as a separate requirement by most schools (but some include as a topic in a 1 year course)
8 semester hours with lab
Biochemistry
Some require or strongly recommend 1 semester (3 sem. Hours)
0-3 semester hours; most require at least one course.
3-4 semester hours (varies)
Most specify or strongly recommend 1 upper division course
Most require 3 semester hrs. (Some require none, some 6--highly variable).
Physics
8 semester hours
8 semester hours
8 semester hours
Most in CA do not require physics; but some CA and most out of state require 1 year of physics
8 semester hours
Calculus
Most require of strongly recommend 1 year of Calculus
Most CA Schools do not require Calculus; most out of state schools require 1 year of Calculus
Most require at least 1 semester (3-4 semester hrs.)
Intermediate Algebra level is required by most CA schools; Calculus is recommended.
Most require 1 year (6-8 units)
Statistics
A few of state schools require 1 semester of statistics
Some CA schools and most out of state schools require 1 semester of Statistics
Most require or strongly recommend 1 semester (3 semester hrs.)
Some (e.g. USC) require 1 semester of Statistics
A few require 1 semester (3 sem. hrs.)
English
All require at least 6 semester hours; some also require an additional Literature course
All require at least 6 semester hours; some specify that one course must be Literature
All require at least 6 semester hours; some require 9 hrs.
Most require at least 6 semester units;
All require at least 6 semester hours; some also require a speech class
Psychology
Most specify 3 semester hours
Most specify 3 sem. hrs.
3 semester hours
Most require one course in Psychology
3 semester hours
Other Science
Some (e.g. USC) require or strongly recommend a course in Molecular Biology or Genetics; and a few recommend a course in Embryology
Anatomy and Systemic Physiology strongly recommended or required by most; some require Microbiology, Molecular Biology or Genetics
Microbiology; most also require Anatomy and Systemic Physiology
Anatomy, Systemic Physiology, and Microbiology (all with labs) are required by most schools. Most also require additional Biology electives and strongly recommended Cell/Molecular Biology or Genetics.
Microbiology; some require Molecular Biology or Genetics; some require Systemic Physiology
Other Humanities
6-12 semester hours; Some (especially in CA) recommend Spanish or Asian Language
6-12 semester hours
6-12 semester hours (varies)
6-12 semester hours; courses in language are encouraged
Other social Science
6-12 semester hours; some specify a course in Cultural Diversity and Sociology are strongly recommended
6-12 semester hours; some specify a course in Sociology or Cultural Anthropology
6-12 semester hours (varies)
6-12 semester hours; courses in Sociology, Multicultural Studies; and Cultural Anthropology are strongly recommended
One course in Economic is often required; some also require one course in Cultural Anthropology is often specified