Biological Sciences, Pre Professional Health Careers Concentration, BS Requirements:
  • Biological Sciences, Pre Health concentration BS degree requires 128 credit hours.
  • 39 of 128 credit hours must be taken at 300 level or higher (39 credits includes courses taken at the 300+ level in major, minor (if chosen), Pre professional area and electives).
  • 12 credit hours of 300 level and above must be taken in the major or 6 credit hours in the major and 6 credit hours in the minor (if chosen).
  • 12 of the last 18 credit hours must be taken at UAH, with an overall 25% of coursework taken at UAH.
  • Unless otherwise noted a C- or better is required for all College of Science prerequisite courses.
  • No more than 64 credit hours from a two-year college can be applied toward a UAH degree. 
  • For graduation application instructions, see here.
  • See the Pre Professional Advising office for additional information.
Degree Requirements:
Freshmen Composition6
COLLEGE WRITING I
COLLEGE WRITING II
Humanities and Fine Arts12
Fine Arts: Choose one3
ARH SURV:ANCIENT-MEDIEVAL
ARH SURV:RENAISSANCE-MODERN
ARH SUR:NON-WESTERN TRADITIONS
DRAWING: FOUNDATIONS
THEATRE APPRECIATION
INTRO TO MUSIC LITERATURE
Literature: Choose one3
READINGS LITERATURE/CULTURE I
MYTHOLOGY
READINGS LITERATURE/CULTURE 2
Speech3
Intro to Rhetorical Communication
Humanities, 2nd Fine art or 2nd Literature: Choose one 13
INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY
INTRO TO ETHICS
TECH, SCIENCE & HUMAN VALUES
INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC
Any WLC 100 or 200 level 4
INTRO WOMEN'S & GENDER STUDIES
2nd Literature 1
2nd Fine Art
Mathematics and Science12
Mathematics 24
CALCULUS A
Natural Sciences: Choose one Physics sequence8
GENERAL PHYSICS I
and GENERAL PHYSICS II
or
GEN PHYSICS W/CALCULUS I
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB I
GEN PHYSICS W/CALC II
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB II
History and Social Behavioral Sciences12
History: Choose one 13
WORLD HISTORY TO 1500
WORLD HISTORY SINCE 1500
UNITED STATES TO 1877
UNITED STATES SINCE 1877
Social and Behavioral Sciences: Choose two6
PRINC OF MACROECONOMICS
PRINC OF MICROECONOMICS
INTRO TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT
INTRO TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS
INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY
PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
GLOBAL SYSTEMS AND CULTURES
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY
ANALYSIS OF SOCIAL PROBLEMS
INTRO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
SOCIOLOGICAL PERSP TECH & SCI
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY I
LIFE-SPAN DEVELOPMENT
2nd History or 3rd Social and Behavioral Science: Choose one 33
2nd History 1
3rd Social and Behavioral Science 3
Pre Professional6
Computer Science: Choose one3
INTRO COMPUTERS & PROGRAM
INTRO TO C PROGRAMMING
INTRO PROGRAMMING USING JAVA
Technical Writing3
TECHNICAL WRITING
Biology Core 518
PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY
ORGANISMAL BIOLOGY
GENETICS AND EVOLUTION
CELL & DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY
SENIOR CAPSTONE
Pre Professional Health Concentration Requirements18
GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY I
GENERAL BIOCHEMISTRY
Choose one sequence:
ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I
and ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II
or
VERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY
and MEDICAL PHYSIOLOGY
BYS Elective course 300+ level or higher, 3 credits
Chemistry Minor Requirements21
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB I
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB II
QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS
and QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS LAB
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
and ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LAB I
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II
and ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LAB II
GENERAL BIOCHEMISTRY LAB
Elective Courses23
Elective course 300+ level or higher, 3 credits
Additional elective courses, 100+ level or higher, 20 credits. Electives can be taken from any department and do not have to be taken in your major or minor. No more than 4 credits of 100 level HPE courses can count toward degree requirements.
Total Semester Hours128
1

Students must take one literature and one history course. Students must also take either a second literature or history course to complete a sequence. (EH 207 + EH 208, EH 209 + EH 210, EH 242 + EH 208, EH 242 + EH 210, HY 103 + HY 104, or HY 221 + HY 222)

2

Based on Math placement, prerequisite MA 112 and/or MA 113 Mathematics courses may be required. 

3

 No more than 6 credit hours can be taken in a single discipline.

4

For choices see the World Languages and Cultures department.

5

Biology pre requisites require a minimum grade of D- or higher. BYS 301 and BYS 314 pre requisites require a minimum grade of C- or higher.

Sample four year plan for Biological Sciences, Pre Professional Health Careers Concentration, BS degree:

Note: This is only an example and variations are possible.

Plan of study based on Calculus A MA 171, Calculus B MA 172 and General Physics w/ Calculus I & II PH 111 & PH 112.

Year 1
FallSemester Hours
EH 101COLLEGE WRITING I 3
BYS 119
119L
PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY
and LABORATORY
4
CH 121
CH 125
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB I
4
MA 171CALCULUS A 4
FYE 101CHARGER SUCCESS 1
 Term Semester Hours: 16
Spring
EH 102COLLEGE WRITING II 3
BYS 120
120L
ORGANISMAL BIOLOGY
and ORGANISMAL BIOLOGY LAB
4
CH 123
CH 126
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB II
4
MA 172CALCULUS B 4
BYS 100INTRO HEALTH PROFESSIONS 1
 Term Semester Hours: 16
Year 2
Fall
BYS 219
219L
GENETICS AND EVOLUTION
and LABORATORY
4
CH 331
CH 335
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
and ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LAB I
4
Fine Art  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
Literature  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
CM 113Intro to Rhetorical Communication 3
 Term Semester Hours: 17
Spring
BYS 300
300L
CELL & DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY
and CELL & DEVELOPMENT BIO LAB
4
CH 332
CH 336
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II
and ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LAB II
4
PH 111
PH 114
GEN PHYSICS W/CALCULUS I
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB I
4
PY 101GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY I 3
 Term Semester Hours: 15
Year 3
Fall
BYS 321
321L
GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY I
and LABORATORY
4
BYS 313
313L
ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I
and LABORATORY
4
BYS 361
CH 362
GENERAL BIOCHEMISTRY
and GENERAL BIOCHEMISTRY LAB
4
PH 112
PH 115
GEN PHYSICS W/CALC II
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB II
4
 Term Semester Hours: 16
Spring
BYS 314
314L
ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II
and ANATOMY/PHYSIOLOGY II LAB
4
SOC 100INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY 3
ST 281ELEMENTS OF STAT ANALYSIS 3
Humanities, 2nd Fine art or 2nd Literature  3
PHL 102 Strongly recommended-See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
History  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 16
Year 4
Fall
BYS 300+ level or higher course  4
EH 301TECHNICAL WRITING 3
2nd History or 3rd Social/Behavioral Science  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
Elective  3
Elective  3
Electives can be taken from any department and do not have to be taken in your major or minor. No more than 4 credit hours of 100 level HPE courses can count toward degree requirements.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 16
Spring
BYS 300+ level or higher course  3
BYS 490SENIOR CAPSTONE 2
CS 100INTRO COMPUTERS PROGRAM 3
  or CS 102  or INTRO TO C PROGRAMMING 
  or CS 103  or INTRO PROGRAMMING USING JAVA 
Elective 300+ level or higher course  3
Elective  3
Elective  2
Electives can be taken from any department and do not have to be taken in your major or minor. No more than 4 credit hours of 100 level HPE courses can count toward degree requirements.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 16
 Total Semester Hours: 128
Sample four year plan for Biological Sciences, Pre Professional Health Careers concentration, BS degree:

Note: This is only an example and variations are possible.

Plan of study based on Calculus A MA 171 and General Physics PH 101 & PH 102.

Year 1
FallSemester Hours
EH 101COLLEGE WRITING I 3
BYS 119
119L
PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY
and LABORATORY
4
CH 121
CH 125
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB I
4
MA 171CALCULUS A 4
FYE 101CHARGER SUCCESS 1
 Term Semester Hours: 16
Spring
EH 102COLLEGE WRITING II 3
BYS 120
120L
ORGANISMAL BIOLOGY
and ORGANISMAL BIOLOGY LAB
4
CH 123
CH 126
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB II
4
Fine art  3
See Requirements tab for approved list
  
BYS 100INTRO HEALTH PROFESSIONS 1
 Term Semester Hours: 15
Year 2
Fall
BYS 219
219L
GENETICS AND EVOLUTION
and LABORATORY
4
CH 331
CH 335
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
and ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LAB I
4
PH 101
101L
GENERAL PHYSICS I
and GENERAL PHYSICS I LAB
4
Literature  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
Elective  1
Electives can be taken from any department and do not have to be taken in your major or minor. No more than 4 credit hours of 100 level HPE courses can count toward degree requirements.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 16
Spring
BYS 300
300L
CELL & DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY
and CELL & DEVELOPMENT BIO LAB
4
CH 332
CH 336
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II
and ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LAB II
4
PH 102
102L
GENERAL PHYSICS II
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB II
4
PY 101GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY I 3
Elective  1
Electives can be taken from any department and do not have to be taken in your major or minor. No more than 4 credit hours of 100 level HPE courses can count toward degree requirements.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 16
Year 3
Fall
BYS 313
313L
ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I
and LABORATORY
4
BYS 321
321L
GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY I
and LABORATORY
4
SOC 100INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY 3
Humanities, 2nd Fine art or 2nd Literature  3
PHL 102 Strongly recommended-See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
Elective  2
Electives can be taken from any department and do not have to be taken in your major or minor. No more than 4 credit hours of 100 level HPE courses can count toward degree requirements.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 16
Spring
BYS 314
314L
ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II
and ANATOMY/PHYSIOLOGY II LAB
4
BYS 361
CH 362
GENERAL BIOCHEMISTRY
and GENERAL BIOCHEMISTRY LAB
4
CM 113Intro to Rhetorical Communication 3
History  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
Elective  1
Electives can be taken from any department and do not have to be taken in your major or minor. No more than 4 credit hours of 100 level HPE courses can count toward degree requirements.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 15
Year 4
Fall
BYS 300+ level or higher course  4
EH 301
CH 224
TECHNICAL WRITING
and QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS LAB
4
CH 223QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS 3
ST 281ELEMENTS OF STAT ANALYSIS 3
Elective  3
Electives can be taken from any department and do not have to be taken in your major or minor. No more than 4 credit hours of 100 level HPE courses can count toward degree requirements.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 17
Spring
BYS 490SENIOR CAPSTONE 2
CS 100INTRO COMPUTERS PROGRAM 3
  or CS 102  or INTRO TO C PROGRAMMING 
  or CS 103  or INTRO PROGRAMMING USING JAVA 
Elective 300+ level or higher course  3
Elective  3
Elective  3
Elective  3
Electives can be taken from any department and do not have to be taken in your major or minor. No more than 4 credit hours of 100 level HPE courses can count toward degree requirements.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 17
 Total Semester Hours: 128