• Pre-Professional (Medicine, Chiropractic, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine)

  • Catalog Year 2016-2017

    Many students plan to seek admission to health-related professional schools that provide advanced degrees in specialties such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and veterinary medicine. The Science division provides a complete array of courses that are required by professional schools for admittance.

    Curricular Outcomes

    At the completion of this curriculum, students should be able to:

    • Demonstrate mastery of discipline-specific biological concepts
    • Demonstrate the ability to ask and answer questions using the scientific method by collecting and analyzing data during scientific investigations
    • Select, evaluate and utilize discipline-specific information and literature to explore topics
    • Demonstrate an ability to communicate scientific information
    • Develop an understanding of the relationship between science and society

    The following plan of classes is a general guide to prepare students to pursue a Bachelor of Science in a pre-professional program at a college or university. To prepare for such a degree and at the same time meet MHCC degree requirements, follow one of the transfer degree options on pages 10-19 of the printed catalog.

    Students receiving financial aid must be seeking a certificate or degree and following official MHCC certificate or degree requirements.

    Admission and degree requirements vary among colleges and universities. Students are advised to:

    • Contact the transfer university to confirm specific admission/major/degree requirements.
    • Consult with a faculty adviser or the MHCC Academic Advising and Transfer Center early to develop an educational plan.

    Note: Community colleges do not award transfer degrees in a subject area, but do award an Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree, an Associate of Science Oregon Transfer – Business degree or an Associate of Science degree.

    First Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    BI211 Principles of Biology I 5
    CH221 General Chemistry I 5
    MTH251 Calculus I: Differential Calculus1,2 4
    WR121 English Composition 4
    Second Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    BI212 Principles of Biology II 5
    CH222 General Chemistry II 5
    MTH252 Calculus II: Integral Calculus 4
    WR122 English Composition: Critical Thinking 4
    Third Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    BI213 Principles of Biology III 5
    CH223 General Chemistry III 5
    Social Science requirement2 3-4
    Fourth Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    CH241 Organic Chemistry I3,4 5
    SP111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 4
    PH201 General Physics I 5or
    PH211 General Physics with Calculus I5
    Humanities requirement2 3-4
    Fifth Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    CH242 Organic Chemistry II3,4 5
    PH202 General Physics II5 or
    PH212 General Physics with Calculus II5
    Humanities requirement2 1
    Social Science requirement2 3-4
    Sixth Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    CH243 Organic Chemistry III3,4 5
    PH203 General Physics III 5or
    PH213 General Physics with Calculus III5
    Health and Physical Education requirement1 3
    Computer Literacy requirement1 1

    1 Depending on destination university and degree program, students may be advised differently for mathematics requirement.
    2 Students transferring to Portland State University (PSU) may take MTH243.
    3This plan aligns with the Associate of Science; refer to degree requirements, page 18 of the printed catalog.
    4 Depending on destination university and degree program, students may be advised differently for the organic chemistry requirement.
    5 This sequence replaces the 300-level Organic Chemistry requirement at colleges and universities. With an acceptable score on the ACS National Exam and a minimum of a "C" or better in each course, this sequence transfers as 11-15 credits of 300-level coursework to all OUS schools.
    6 Depending on destination university and degree program, students may be advised differently for the physics requirement.

    Transfer Schools' Web Links
    School Link
    Oregon Health & Science University ohsu.edu/xd/education/index.cfm
    Oregon State University science.oregonstate.edu/node/113
    Portland State University pdx.edu/biology
    Southern Oregon University sou.edu/biology/index.html
    University of Oregon biology.uoregon.edu