The Certificate in Pre-Health Professions Science curriculum consists of eight (8) required courses, in General Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and General Physics. Each course must be taken with a lab (or includes a lab in the case of General Biology), for a total of thirty-two (32) credits.
BIO 2105 General Biology I: An introduction to biological organization stressing the molecular and cellular aspects of living organisms. The chemistry of life, the cell, the gene, and mechanisms of evolution.
BIO 2106 General Biology II: The origin of life and diversity of organisms seen in five biological kingdoms. Topics include nutrient acquisition, digestion, circulation, response to stimuli, movement, reproduction, behavior, and ecology.
CHM 1151 General Chemistry I: Basic concepts of chemistry covering the following topics: stoichiometry, redox reactions; properties of gases; thermochemistry; descriptive presentation of atomic orbitals; molecular structure and bonding; chemical trends in the periodic table; properties of bulk matter; colligative properties of solutions.
CHM 1103 General Chemistry Lab I: Qualitative and quantitative laboratory experiments which include: the reactions of metals with water; the collection and plotting of data; acid-base titrations; oxidation-reduction titrations; the use of the pH meter and the determination of acid-base titration curves; the use of the spectrophotometer.
CHM 1152 General Chemistry II: Continuation of CHM 1151. Introduction to chemical kinetics and equilibrium; the chemistry of acids and bases; buffers and titrations; complex ions and solubility; factors that drive chemical reactions; electrochemistry; nuclear chemistry.
CHM 1104 General Chemistry Lab II: Students will be required to identify all metal ions present in an unknown solution. Quantitative titrations of sodium carbonate and the total hardness of water. Synthesis of inorganic compounds and determination of the formula of a transition metal complex ion using spectroscopic methods.
CHM 2211 Organic Chemistry I: Fundamental principles of organic chemistry stressing the relation of structure and reactivity. Structure and bonding; stereochemistry; acids, and bases; electrophilic addition, elimination and nucleophilic substitution.
CHM 2201 Organic Chemistry Lab I: Practical experience in techniques used for separation, purification, and isolation of synthetic as well as naturally occurring organic compounds. Semi-micro and micro scale experiments. Crystallization, distillation, extraction, and chromatography are introduced.
CHM 2212 Organic Chemistry II: Continuation of CHM 2211. Carbonyl group reactions, aromatic chemistry, spectroscopy and special topics such as heterocycles, carbohydrates and nucleosides, amino acids and proteins, lipids, radicals, rearrangements, polymers and photochemistry.
CHM 2202 Organic Chemistry Lab II: Further training in laboratory techniques used in organic chemistry, including those introduced in CHM 2201, and utilization of such techniques in representative types of organic reactions. Semi-micro and micro scale experiments.
PHY 1100 General Physics I: Mechanics, heat and sound.
PHY 1101 General Physics I Lab: Selected experiments in mechanics, heat and sound.
PHY 1102 General Physics II: A continuation of PHY 1100; light, electricity and modern physics.
PHY 1103 General Physics II Lab: Selected experiments in light and electricity.