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Ummm. I don't know where to start. To be a doctor, what should a person major in as an undergraduate?
I see. So even if I were to try and be a regular old doctor I could major in... Psychology or something along that line?
Is there a process for majoring?
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR
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In addition to fulfilling all university and college requirements, students must fulfill the following requirements for the biology major.
All L&S students must fulfill the college requirement of at least 15 credits of upper-level work in the major completed in residence. All intermediate/advanced biology courses listed below under items 5 and 6 count toward this requirement.
Math 171 Calculus with Algebra and Trigonometry I (5 cr) and
Math 217 Calculus with Algebra and Trigonometry II (5 cr) OR
Math 221 Calculus and Analytic Geometry (5 cr)
Math 222 Calculus and Analytic Geometry (5 cr) OR
Stat 301 Introduction to Statistical Methods (3 cr) OR
Stat 371 Introduction to Applied Statistics for the Life Sciences (3 cr)
A. GENERAL CHEMISTRY
Chem 103-104 General Chemistry (4 cr, 5 cr) OR
Chem 109 Advanced General Chemistry (5 cr)
B. ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
Chem 343 Introductory Organic Chemistry (3 cr) and
Chem 344 Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory (2 cr) and
Chem 345 Intermediate Organic Chemistry (3 cr)
Physics 103 and 104 General Physics (4 cr each) OR Physics 201 and 202 General Physics (5 cr each) OR Physics 207 or 208 General Physics (5 cr each)
The total number of credits in sections 4, 5, and 6 must equal at least 31 credits.
4. INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY COURSES
Biology/Botany/Zoology 151-152 Introductory Biology (5 cr each); plus one foundational course
Biocore/Biology 301 Evolution, Ecology, and Genetics (3 cr); 303 Cellular Biology (3 cr); 323 Organismal Biology (3 cr); 333 Biological Interactions (3 cr)
AND two of the following laboratory courses:
Biocore/Biology 302 Evolution, Ecology, and Genetics Laboratory (2 cr); 304 Cellular Biology Laboratory; 324 Organismal Biology Laboratory (2 cr)
Biology/Zoology 101 Animal Biology (3 cr); Biology/Zoology 102 Animal Biology Laboratory (2 cr); Biology/Botany 130 General Botany (5 cr); plus one foundational course
Agronomy 338: Plant Breeding and Biotechnology
Botany/Genetics/Zoology 466 General Genetics
Biochem 501 Introduction to Biochemistry
Bmolchem 503 Human Biochemistry
Microbio 370 Bacterial Genetics
5. INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED BIOLOGY COURSES (13 CREDITS MINIMUM)
A minimum of three courses (at least 13 credits) at the intermediate/advanced level, selected from three of the five areas listed below, are needed to satisfy the biology breadth requirement. These courses must include at least one lab or field course with three hours or more per week of laboratory/field instruction. At least one course must be from category a or b and at least one course must be from category c or d. The course or courses used to satisfy any category must be at least, or add up to, 2 credits. The third course may be selected from any of the five categories not previously chosen. The course or courses used to satisfy any category must be at least, or add up to, 2 credits. Overall the courses taken should span plant, animal, and microbial biology topics.
Cellular and Subcellular Biology
Evolution and Systematics
Applied Biology, Agriculture and Natural Resources
For course lists, see this link.
6. LABORATORY OR FIELD RESEARCH EXPERIENCE (2 CREDITS MINIMUM)
Additional laboratory or field research experience is required. Any directed study or research-based senior thesis in a biological science discipline can count, but at least 2 credits must be taken after completing one year of college biology. This requirement can be fulfilled with one or more intermediate/advanced laboratory or field biology courses involving a total of at least 3 hours/week of lab or field instruction beyond that done for requirement 5. "Hours/week" refers to a normal 16-week semester and courses taken in other formats may be substituted where the total time commitment is equivalent. With advisor approval, this requirement also meets the CALS capstone experience. The credits taken for requirements 5 and 6 must total at least 15 and satisfy college requirements for 15 credits in the major in residence.