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2019-2020 SDSM&T Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 SDSM&T Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Pre-Professional Health Sciences, BS

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Contact Information

Lori D. Coble, Interim Department Head
Department of Chemistry and Applied Biological Sciences
Chemical and Biological Engineering/Chemistry 3317
Office Phone: 605-394-5132
Department Website:

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The Department of Chemistry and Applied Biological Sciences (ABS) offers a Bachelors of Science degree in Pre-professional Health Sciences. The degree is a science degree requiring core courses in biology, chemistry, physics, and math while allowing multidisciplinary electives and support courses from other areas such as psychology, sociology, and humanities. Students work closely with an advisor to design an individualized plan of study that will provide an excellent preparation for entry into competitive graduate and professional schools in high demand areas of health care.

For detailed information about this major or department please go to the department website.

Health Sciences Curriculum/Checklist

The sequence of courses taken will depend on the academic preparation and career objectives of incoming students.  Students should consult with their advisor for a more personalized course of study based on career goals within the health sciences program. 

Freshman Year

First Semester

Total 16

Second Semester

Total: 17

Sophomore Year

First Semester

Total: 17 or 18

Second Semester

Total: 16-18

Junior Year

First Semester

  • Credits: (3-0) 3 (Goal 2)*
  • Free Electives Credits: 3-6
  • Upper Level (300/400) Humanities or Social Sciences Elective(s) Credits: 3-6
  • Upper Level (300/400) Science Elective(s) Credits: 3-6
Total: 15-18

Second Semester

Total: 15-18

Senior Year

First Semester

  • Credits: 1 to 3
  • Free Electives Credits: 6-12
  • Upper Level (300/400) Science Elective(s) Credits: 3-6
Total: 16-18

Second Semester

  • Free Electives Credits: as needed to meet 120 hours
  • Upper Level (300/400) Science Elective(s) (if needed) Credits: 3
Total: 12-16

120 credits required for graduation

Curriculum Notes

*Fulfills General Education requirement. Students should consult the General Education Requirements  section of this catalog for a complete listing of all general education requirements. PPHS majors should consult their advisor to tailor an individualized curriculum based on their areas of interest and academic preparedness.

Math Requirement: 7 credits (MATH 123 and 281 or 381)

Physics Requirement: 7 credits (100 or 200 level PHYS courses)

Chemistry Requirement: 8 credits (CHEM 112, 112L, 114, 114L)

Biology Requirement: 26 credits (BIOL 111, 151, 151L, 153, 153L, 221, 221L, 326, 326L, 331, 331L, 371, 371L, and 490)

Upper Level Science Electives: 12 credits (Choose from Biology, Chemistry, or Department approved science course.)

Free Electives: Variable credits hours sufficient to equal 120 hours required for graduation (any courses selected by student and advisor.)

Total 120 credits required for the Bachelors of Science in Pre-professional Health Sciences.

Suggested Pre-Professional Health Sciences Upper Level Program Electives

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