Program Information

PROGRAM INFORMATION

 

WHO SHOULD APPLY?

The Seattle University Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Professional Health Studies Program is designed for qualified students who have finished their undergraduate degrees, but lack most or all of the core pre-health science courses (Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physics, or Math). The program is not appropriate for those who have completed the basic pre-health courses and wish to enroll only in advanced coursework. The program is also not intended for those who want to improve their GPA by repeating basic pre-health courses that they have already completed.

International applicants please be aware of enrollment limitations at the graduate and professional school level.

Is this program right for me?

CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS

PBPHS students enroll in the same science and math courses offered to our undergraduate students, ensuring that all of our students receive the same high-quality education. PBPHS students attend lectures with undergraduates at classes offered during the day. Post-Bac students are expected to maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 during the completion of their coursework.

The requirements for the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Professional Health Studies Certificate are successful completion of 45 credits of pre-health level science and math courses. These credits may be earned in these pre-health pre-requisite courses:

  • BIOL 1610/1611 - Biology I: Molecular and Cellular Biology & lab
  • BIOL 1620/1621 - Biology II: Evolution and Ecology & lab
  • BIOL 1630/1631 - Biology III: Physiology and Development & lab
  • CHEM 1500/1501 - General Chemistry I & lab
  • CHEM 1510/1511 - General Chemistry II & lab
  • CHEM 1520 - General Chemistry III
  • CHEM 1521 – Qualitative Inorganic Chemistry lab
  • CHEM 2500 – Organic Chemistry: Structure & Reactivity
  • CHEM 2501 – Organic Chemistry Lab: Techniques
  • CHEM 2510 – Organic Chemistry: Functional Group Interconversions
  • CHEM 2511 – Organic Chemistry Lab: Applications

One of the Two Physics Sequences

  • PHYS 1050/1051 – Mechanics & lab
  • PHYS 1060/1061 - Waves, Sound, Electricity and Magnetism & lab
  • PHYS 1070/1071 - Thermodynamics, Optics, and Modern Physics & lab

OR

  • PHYS 1210/1211 – Mechanics & lab
  • PHYS 1220/1221 - Electricity and Magnetism & lab
  • PHYS 1230/1231 - Waves and Optics & lab

Students who may have already completed a pre-req course before coming to Seattle University will complete the remaining requirements and may take additional science or math electives, such as:

  • BIOL 2700 - Genetics
  • BIOL 3100 – Microbiology
  • BIOL 3150 - Virology
  • BIOL 3250 - Comparative Anatomy of the Vertebrates
  • BIOL 3820 – Neurobiology
  • BIOL 4150 - Immunology
  • BIOL 4750 - Cell Biology
  • BIOL 4751 - Cell Biology Laboratory
  • CHEM 2520 – Organic Chemistry: Reactions of Pi-Systems
  • CHEM 2521 – Organic Chemistry Lab: Projects
  • CHEM 3600 – Introduction to Biochemistry
  • MATH 1230 - Calculus for Life Sciences
  • MATH 1210 - Statistics for Life Sciences

Are you a prospective post-baccalaureate student?

Do you already have a bachelor’s degree from an institution in the U.S. or Canada?

                Yes – Proceed to next question

                                No – Apply as a transfer student for a bachelor’s degree – BA Biology

Do you have a combined GPA (from every college or university you have attended) of no less than 3.0 for your overall GPA, and science classes (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Math especially)?

                Yes – Proceed to next question

                                No - Apply as transfer student for second bachelor’s degree - BA Biology; Or go to the American Association of Medical Colleges website for post-baccalaureate programs at https://apps.aamc.org/postbac/ ; under “special program focus” select the filter “academic record repair”

Have you completed no more than 6 quarter or 4 semester credit classes in Biology or Chemistry?

                Yes – Proceed to next question

                                 No - Apply as transfer student for second bachelor’s degree -  BA Biology or Biochemistry; Or go to the American Association of  Medical Colleges website for post-baccalaureate programs at https://apps.aamc.org/postbac/ ; under “special program focus” select the filter “academic record repair”

Did you complete at least 2 terms (quarter or semester) of math (not including AP, IB, or CLEP credits) while enrolled in your undergraduate degree, and up to at least Pre-Calculus?

                Yes – Proceed to next question

                                No -You will need to complete either 2 quarters of Pre-Calculus or 1 quarter of Calculus prior to beginning our program. Students can be accepted while the courses are in-progress.

Did you complete at least 1 term of Chemistry in college, or 1 year of Chemistry in high school within the last five years?

                Yes – Proceed to next question

                                 No - You will need to complete 1 term of Preparatory Chemistry at the community college level prior to beginning our program. Students can be accepted while the course is in progress

If you have answered “Yes” to all these questions you qualify for admission to the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Health program. Students who apply by the March 1st deadline will be able to register for fall classes in late April. Students who apply after the application deadline are not guaranteed a seat in the program, or the science classes they need.