Pre-Health Courses

Spring Hill College has a longstanding reputation of providing an academically sound background for students who desire to become health care professionals (i.e., physicians, dentists, veterinarians, physical therapists, pharmacists, etc.). We know first-hand what strengths, skills, and experiences students must develop in order to gain admission to the graduate or professional school of their choice, and the excellence of our program is recognized and appreciated by the graduate and professional schools to which our students apply and are accepted. While students who aspire to enter one of the health professions need not pursue a major in one of the sciences, the majors which can most easily be adapted to their needs are in biology, biochemistry, and chemistry.

There are three aspects of our program that set it apart from others in our region:

  1. The Core Curriculum - Medical schools seek students who have a broad-based educational background rich in the humanities. Exactly the sort of coursework available to students through the college’s Core Curriculum.
  2. Preparation for a Post-graduate Education - Our graduates who have entered health professional schools have confirmed the strength of their undergraduate preparation at Spring Hill. Many of the textbooks that we use in our upper division biology courses are the same texts used to teach those subjects in medical school. Often students report that subjects were taught in greater depth at Spring Hill than they were in medical school.
  3. Support - Pre-health science students receive guidance and support from the faculty in every aspect of their pre-medical education. There are several group meetings held each year dealing with issues such as: the policies and procedures for applying to medical school, and preparation for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). The Directors of Admission of our state-supported schools of dentistry, medicine, and pharmacy, visit our campus each year (as does a representative of the school of medicine at LSU), and students have the opportunity to meet with these representatives individually. Typically, by the time a student makes application to the schools of their choice at the end of their junior year, they are well known by the admissions officers of those schools.

Pre-Health Science Concentration

Lower Division

Course Title Hours
BIO 101 & 103 Principles of Biology with Laboratory 4
BIO 240 & 243 Biomedical Anatomy & Physiology I with Laboratory 4
BIO 241 & 244 Biomedical Anatomy & Physiology II with Laboratory 4
BIO 236 & 238 Microbial Biology with Laboratory 4
CHM 111 & 113 General Chemistry I with Laboratory 4
CHM 112 & 114 General Chemistry II with Laboratory 4
CHM 231 & 233 Organic Chemistry I with Laboratory 4
CHM 232 & 234 Organic Chemistry II with Laboratory 4
MTH 121 Calculus I 4
MTH 163 Basic Statistics for the Sciences 3
PHY 221 & 213 Physics with Calculus I and Laboratory 4
PHY 222 & 214 Physics with Calculus II and Laboratory 4

Upper Division

Course Title Hours
BIO 301 Genetics 3
BIO 302 Genetics Laboratory 1
BIO 360 Cell Biology 3
BIO 362 Cellular and Molecular Biology Laboratory 1
*BIO 322 & 324 Developmental Biology with Laboratory 4
*BIO 351 & 353 Parasitology with Laboratory 4
*BIO 410 Immunology 3
*BIO 421 & 423 Histology with Laboratory 4
*BIO 440 Basic and Clinical Endocrinology 3
*BIO 450 Molecular Biology 3
*BIO 462 & 464 General Physiology with Laboratory 4
*BIO 470 Mechanisms of Disease 3
*BIO 480 Neurobiology 3

*Elective