Biological Sciences, Pre Professional Health Careers Concentration, BS Requirements:
  • All students are encouraged to see an advisor after completion of 24 credits. 
  • 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

Charger Foundations Requirements
*Please see Area V for CoS requirements that can also be used to fulfill Charger Foundations Requirements.

Area I: Freshman Composition3-6
COLLEGE WRITING I
COLLEGE WRITING I W/STUDIO
COLLEGE WRITING II
ACCELERATED COLLEGE WRITING
HONORS ENGLISH SEMINAR
Area II: Humanities and Fine Arts*12
Fine Arts3
ARH SURV:ANCIENT-MEDIEVAL
ARH SURV:RENAISSANCE-MODERN
ARH SUR:NON-WESTERN TRADITIONS
DRAWING: FOUNDATIONS
THEATRE APPRECIATION
INTRO TO FILM STUDIES
INTRO TO MUSIC LITERATURE
Literature3-6
READINGS LITERATURE/CULTURE I
READINGS LITERATURE/CULTURE 2
HONORS SEM READINGS LIT/CUL I
HONORS SEM READINGS LIT/CUL 2
MYTHOLOGY
Humanities and Fine Arts3-6
Intro to Rhetorical Communication
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I: SPANISH
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I: ARABIC
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I:FRENCH
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I:GERMAN
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I:JAPANESE
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I:RUSSIAN
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:SPANISH
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II: ARABIC
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:FRENCH
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:GERMAN
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:JAPANESE
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:RUSSIAN
INTERM FOREIGN LANG:SPANISH
INTERM FOREIGN LANG I: ARABIC
INTERM FOREIGN LANG:FRENCH
INTERM FOREIGN LANG:GERMAN
INTERM FOREIGN LANG: JAPANESE
INTERM FOREIGN LANG:RUSSIAN
INTERM FOREIGN LANG II:SPANISH
INTERM FOREIGN LANG II: ARABIC
INTERM FOREIGN LANG II:FRENCH
INTERM FOREIGN LANG II:GERMAN
INTERM FORGN LANG II:JAPANESE
INTERM FOREIGN LANG II:RUSSIAN
INTERNATIONAL CINEMA
INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY
INTRO TO ETHICS
INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC
TECH, SCIENCE & HUMAN VALUES
INTRO WOMEN'S & GENDER STUDIES
ANCIENT & MEDIEVAL WORLDS
ARH SURV:ANCIENT-MEDIEVAL
ARH SURV:RENAISSANCE-MODERN
ARH SUR:NON-WESTERN TRADITIONS
DRAWING: FOUNDATIONS
THEATRE APPRECIATION
INTRO TO FILM STUDIES
INTRO TO MUSIC LITERATURE
Area III: Mathematics and Sciences11-12
Mathematics3-4
NATURE OF MATHEMATICS
ALGEBRA WITH APPLICATIONS
FINITE MATHEMATICS
PRECALCULUS ALGEBRA
PRECALCULUS TRIGONOMETRY
PRECALCULUS ALGEBRA & TRIG
MATH PROFESSIONAL APPLICATIONS
CALCULUS A
Natural Sciences (Lab)8
SURVEY OF ASTRONOMY
EXPLORING THE COSMOS I
EXPLORING THE COSMOS II
FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOLOGY
PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY
ORGANISMAL BIOLOGY
HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I
INTRO TO CHEMISTRY
and INTRO CHEMISTRY LAB
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB I
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB II
GENERAL, ORGANIC, BIOCHEMISTRY
and INTRO CHEMISTRY LAB
ENVIRONMENTAL EARTH SCIENCE
WEATHER, CLIMATE & GLOBAL CHNG
CONCEPTUAL PHYSICS
GENERAL PHYSICS I
GENERAL PHYSICS II
GEN PHYSICS W/CALCULUS I
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB I
GEN PHYSICS W/CALC II
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB II
GEN PHYSICS W/CALC III
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB III
Area IV: History and Social and Behavioral Sciences*12
History3-6
WORLD HISTORY TO 1500
WORLD HISTORY SINCE 1500
UNITED STATES TO 1877
UNITED STATES SINCE 1877
Social and Behavioral Sciences6-9
PRINC OF MACROECONOMICS
PRINC OF MICROECONOMICS
GLOBAL SYSTEMS AND CULTURES
WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY
PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
INTRO TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT
INTRO TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS
INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY I
LIFE-SPAN DEVELOPMENT
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY
ANALYSIS OF SOCIAL PROBLEMS
INTRO TO CRIMINOLOGY
INTRO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY

* Take either 1 EH (Area II) + 2 HY (Area IV) <OR> 2 EH (Area II) + 1 HY (Area IV). Take no more than six hours in a single discipline in Area II or Area IV.

Area V: Pre Professional Requirements

Courses in this area may also fulfill Charger Foundations requirements
Communications: 3
Intro to Rhetorical Communication
Calculus3
CALCULUS A
Physics Sequence Choose one:8
GENERAL PHYSICS I
and GENERAL PHYSICS I LAB
&
GENERAL PHYSICS II
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB II
OR
GEN PHYSICS W/CALCULUS I
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB I
&
GEN PHYSICS W/CALC II
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB II
Computer Programming - choose one:3
INTRO COMPUTERS & PROGRAM
INTRO TO C PROGRAMMING
INTRO PROGRAMMING USING JAVA
INTRO TO CS USING PYTHON
Technical Writing3
TECHNICAL WRITING

Major Requirements 

Biology Core 518
PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY
and LABORATORY
and ORGANISMAL BIOLOGY LAB
ORGANISMAL BIOLOGY
and ORGANISMAL BIOLOGY LAB
and RECITATION
GENETICS AND EVOLUTION
and LABORATORY
and RECITATION
CELL & DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY
and CELL & DEVELOPMENT BIO LAB
SENIOR CAPSTONE
Pre Professional Health Concentration Requirements18
GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY I
and LABORATORY
GENERAL BIOCHEMISTRY
Choose one sequence:
HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I
and HA&P I LABORATORY
and
HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II
and HA&P II LABORATORY
OR
ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I
and LABORATORY
and
ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II
and ANATOMY/PHYSIOLOGY II LAB
OR
VERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY
and VERTEBRATE REPRODUCTION
BYS Elective course 300+ level or higher, 3 credits

Chemistry Minor Requirements (this minor is required for this concentration)

Chemistry minor21
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

Electives 

Elective Courses23
Additional Elective courses 100+ level to reach 128 credit hours. 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.

Overall Requirements

All College of Science degrees must have at least 128 credits.
At least 39 of the 128 credits must be at the 300+ level. These may be taken in any area including electives.
Total Semester Hours128
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
FYE 101SCHARGER SUCCESS - SCIENCE 1
BYS 100INTRO HEALTH PROFESSIONS 1
BYS 119
119L
119R
PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY
and LABORATORY
and RECITATION
4
CH 121
CH 125
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB I
4
MA 171CALCULUS A 4
EH 101COLLEGE WRITING I 3
 Term Semester Hours: 17
Spring
BYS 120
120L
120R
ORGANISMAL BIOLOGY
and ORGANISMAL BIOLOGY LAB
and RECITATION
4
CH 123
CH 126
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB II
4
MA 172CALCULUS B 4
EH 102COLLEGE WRITING II 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 2
Fall
BYS 219
219L
219R
GENETICS AND EVOLUTION
and LABORATORY
and RECITATION
4
CH 331
CH 335
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
and ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LAB I
4
CM 113Intro to Rhetorical Communication 3
Fine Art  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
History  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
 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
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 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
PY 201LIFE-SPAN DEVELOPMENT 3
Literature  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 14
Spring
BYS 321
321L
GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY I
and LABORATORY
4
SOC 100INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY 3
ST 281ELEMENTS OF STAT ANALYSIS 3
  or PY 300  or PSYCHOLOGICAL STATISTICS 
Literature  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
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
Year 4
Fall
BYS 313
313L
ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I
and LABORATORY
4
CH 223
CH 224
QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS
and QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS LAB
4
EH 301TECHNICAL WRITING 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
Spring
BYS 314
314L
ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II
and ANATOMY/PHYSIOLOGY II LAB
4
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 
  or CS 104  or INTRO TO CS USING PYTHON 
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: 15
 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
FYE 101SCHARGER SUCCESS - SCIENCE 1
BYS 100INTRO HEALTH PROFESSIONS 1
BYS 119
119L
119R
PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY
and LABORATORY
and RECITATION
4
CH 121
CH 125
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB I
4
MA 171CALCULUS A 4
EH 101COLLEGE WRITING I 3
 Term Semester Hours: 17
Spring
BYS 120
120L
120R
ORGANISMAL BIOLOGY
and ORGANISMAL BIOLOGY LAB
and RECITATION
4
CH 123
CH 126
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB II
4
EH 102COLLEGE WRITING II 3
Fine Art  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 2
Fall
BYS 219
219L
219R
GENETICS AND EVOLUTION
and LABORATORY
and RECITATION
4
CH 331
CH 335
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
and ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LAB I
4
CM 113Intro to Rhetorical Communication 3
PY 101GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY I 3
Literature  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
 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
PY 201LIFE-SPAN DEVELOPMENT 3
Literature  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
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
Year 3
Fall
BYS 361
CH 362
GENERAL BIOCHEMISTRY
and GENERAL BIOCHEMISTRY LAB
4
PH 101
101L
GENERAL PHYSICS I
and GENERAL PHYSICS I LAB
4
SOC 100INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY 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
Spring
BYS 321
321L
GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY I
and LABORATORY
4
PH 102
102L
GENERAL PHYSICS II
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB II
4
ST 281ELEMENTS OF STAT ANALYSIS 3
  or PY 300  or PSYCHOLOGICAL STATISTICS 
Elective  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: 15
Year 4
Fall
BYS 313
313L
ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I
and LABORATORY
4
CH 223
CH 224
QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS
and QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS LAB
4
EH 301TECHNICAL WRITING 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
Spring
BYS 314
314L
ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II
and ANATOMY/PHYSIOLOGY II LAB
4
BYS 490SENIOR CAPSTONE 2
BYS 300+ level or higher course  3
CS 100INTRO COMPUTERS PROGRAM 3
  or CS 102  or INTRO TO C PROGRAMMING 
  or CS 103  or INTRO PROGRAMMING USING JAVA 
  or CS 104  or INTRO TO CS USING PYTHON 
Elective 300+ level or higher course  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: 15
 Total Semester Hours: 128