2014-15 Undergraduate Catalog

Pre-Professional Programs

The Department of Biology offers a variety of programs that enable the student to obtain pre-professional training prior to entering a professional school. Where possible the course work taken at the University has been approved by the universities at Fargo and Grand Forks as equivalent to their pre-professional programs.

Pre-Chiropractic

Advisor: Christopher Beachy

Listed below are the Minot State University courses that satisfy the 60 cr requirement of all accredited colleges of chiropractic in the United States.

Select one of the following:4
General Microbiology
Human Structure & Function
Anatomy And Physiology I
BIOL 150Introduction To Cellular Biology4
HMS 208Medical Terminology (or BOTE 171 Medical Terminology) 12
CHEM 121General Chemistry I (& CHEM 121L)5
CHEM 122General Chemistry II (& CHEM 122L)5
CHEM 341
  & CHEM 342
Organic Chemistry I
   and Organic Chemistry II
10
PHYS 203
  & PHYS 204
Introduction to Physics I
   and Introduction to Physics II
8
ENGL 110
  & ENGL 120
College Composition I
   and College Composition II
6
PSY 111Introduction to Psychology3
HUM 251Humanities3
HUM 252Humanities3
HUM 253Humanities3
SOC 110Introduction to Sociology3
Total Hours59

 

1This course is highly suggested for the Pre-chiropractic program. Students can take this course with Dakota College at Bottineau through interactive video or online delivery. Contact Dakota College at Bottineau toll-free at 1-888-918-5623.

Pre-Dental Hygiene

Advisor: Dr. Paul Lepp

The only dental hygiene program in North Dakota is offered at the ND State College of Science at Wahpeton. Dental hygiene is a two-year program with limited admissions. Admission is typically highly competitive. For consideration the applicant must have at least one semester of chemistry and one of anatomy in college and a GPA of at least 2.5. Students interested in admission to the program at NDSCS may take the following courses at Minot State:

Required for admission to the program:
ENGL 110College Composition I3
BIOL 220Anatomy And Physiology I4
CHEM 115Introductory Chemistry (& CHEM 115L)4
Also recommended:
BIOL 221Anatomy And Physiology II4
A second semester of chemistry covering principles of organic chemistry and biochemistry is desirable but not available at MSU.
MATH 210Elementary Statistics4
Optional:
General Microbiology
General Education courses:
ENGL 120College Composition II3
COMM 110Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
PSY 111Introduction to Psychology3
SOC 110Introduction to Sociology3
and any humanities elective
Total Hours31

Pre-Dentistry

Advisor: Dr. Paul Lepp

It is suggested that students interested in applying to dental school pursue a degree in one of the sciences and take specific courses to meet admission requirements for dental school. Students planning to seek tuition support from the state of North Dakota should notify both the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education Office and their advisor. Although specific requirements may vary, the following list of Minot State courses, based on the University of Minnesota, is typical:

Required:
CHEM 121General Chemistry I (& CHEM 121L)5
CHEM 122General Chemistry II (& CHEM 122L)5
CHEM 341
  & CHEM 342
Organic Chemistry I
   and Organic Chemistry II
10
BIOL 150
  & BIOL 151
Introduction To Cellular Biology
   and General Biology II: Introduction to Zoology
8
PHYS 203
  & PHYS 204
Introduction to Physics I
   and Introduction to Physics II
8
MATH 103College Algebra4
ENGL 110
  & ENGL 120
College Composition I
   and College Composition II
6
COMM 110Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
PSY 111Introduction to Psychology3
Suggested electives:
Art
Biochemistry I
Cell Biology
Histology
Anatomy And Physiology I
   and Anatomy And Physiology II
General Microbiology
Total Hours52

Pre-Mortuary Science

Advisor: Dr. Paul Lepp

Students interested in mortuary science may take one or two years of courses prior to enrolling in a professional program. There are a variety of programs around the United States, some two-years, some four-years. The students should have some idea of which professional program they wish to enter so a specific set of Minot State University courses may be selected that best fits their needs. The pre-mortuary science curriculum at Minot State University is patterned after the program at Mount Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon. Mount Hood Community College suggests 30 semester hours of credit with the following courses:

ENGL 110College Composition I3
ENGL 120College Composition II3
COMM 110Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
Science from Biology and Chemistry 9
PSY 111Introduction to Psychology3
PSY 261Psychology of Adjustment3
PSY 423Introduction to Counseling3
Accounting and Business Ed12
Health and Physical Education5
For licensure in North Dakota, the North Dakota Century Code requires:
Communications12
Social Science15
Natural Science18
Total Hours89

Pre-Occupational Therapy

Advisor: Dr. Christopher Beachy

Listed below are the suggested courses that may satisfy the pre-occupational therapy curriculum for UND.

BIOL 150Introduction To Cellular Biology4
BIOL 208 (This course is requested by the chiropractic program. Students may take via correspondence from UND Continuing Education (1-800-342-8238).)
BIOL 220
  & BIOL 221
Anatomy And Physiology I
   and Anatomy And Physiology II
8
CHEM 115Introductory Chemistry (& CHEM 115L)4
COMM 110Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
ENGL 110
  & ENGL 120
College Composition I
   and College Composition II
6
PSY 111Introduction to Psychology3
PSY 252
  & PSY 352
Child Psychology
   and Adolescent Psychology
6
PSY 241Introduction to Statistics4
PSY 270Abnormal Psychology3
SOC 110Introduction to Sociology3
Humanities: 9 credits from three different areas9
Total Hours53

Pre-Physical Therapy

Advisor: Dr. Christopher Beachy

Physical Therapy has become a 6-7 year curriculum that results in award of a DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy) in most programs in the United States, including the University of North Dakota. Our pre-physical therapy program has been developed to articulate with the UND program. Students typically complete a degree at Minot State University, and make application in the Fall Semester of their final year.

In addition to the pre-physical therapy coursework, students must volunteer and/or intern with a physical therapy department. Admission to PT programs is highly competitive. In 2011, the UND program received over 200 applications for 52 student positions. Only students with a minimum 3.60 grade point average were considered for interviews. The UND program may soon require that applicants take the GRE as part of the admissions process. Specific questions about the UND program can be submitted to Dr. Renee Mabey (renee.mabey@med.und.edu, 701-777-2831).

Listed below are the Minot State University courses that satisfy the pre-physical therapy curriculum at UND:

BIOL 150
  & BIOL 151
Introduction To Cellular Biology
   and General Biology II: Introduction to Zoology
8
BIOL 220
  & BIOL 221
Anatomy And Physiology I
   and Anatomy And Physiology II
8
CHEM 121
  & CHEM 122
General Chemistry I
   and General Chemistry II
10
COMM 110Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
ENGL 110
  & ENGL 120
College Composition I
   and College Composition II
6
PHYS 203
  & PHYS 204
Introduction to Physics I
   and Introduction to Physics II
8
PSY 111Introduction to Psychology3
PSY 255Child & Adolescent Psychology3
PSY 270Abnormal Psychology3
SOC 110Introduction to Sociology3
Fine Arts and Humanities: 9 credits from at least two different departments9
Total Hours64

Pre-Wildlife Studies

Advisor: Dr. Christopher Beachy

The pre-wildlife studies program is designed to satisfy the basic requirements recommended by most universities offering degree programs in fields such as ecology, wildlife management, and fisheries management. The course requirements also fulfill the requirements for the first two years in biology. The program is sufficiently broad to enable the student to transfer at the end of two years to a college or university offering specialized curricula in various fields of wildlife studies.

The biology courses which a pre-wildlife student would typically take are:

Two semesters of Introductory Biology:
BIOL 150Introduction To Cellular Biology4
BIOL 151General Biology II: Introduction to Zoology4
BIOL 154Introduction To Botany4
BIOL 340Systematic Zoology4
BIOL 347General Ecology4
BIOL 448Systematic Botany4
In addition to biology, the other recommended science courses are:
CHEM 121General Chemistry I (& CHEM 121L)5
CHEM 122General Chemistry II (& CHEM 122L)5
PHYS 203Introduction to Physics I4
PHYS 204Introduction to Physics II4
Total Hours42

Pre-Medicine

Advisors: Dr. Ryan Winburn, Dr. Mikhail Bobylev, and Dr. Heidi Super

Pre-med is not a major, it is a program of study which prepares a student to apply to medical school. Although some medical schools require only three years of undergraduate work, the majority prefer that the entering student have a bachelor’s degree. The University of North Dakota (UND) Medical School (and most others) does not care what kind of academic major a prospective student is pursuing, as long as a particular core of coursework is achieved. Prospective university medical students are strongly urged to declare a major area of study and to pursue a degree program at the baccalaureate level. The philosophy of education, required pre-medicine courses, and systems of training vary among the medical schools. All recognize the desirability of a broad education, a good foundation in the natural sciences (mathematics, chemistry, biology, physics), highly developed communication skills, and a solid background in the social sciences and humanities. At the UND School of Medicine the required minimum of university coursework includes:

CHEM 121General Chemistry I (& CHEM 121L)5
CHEM 122General Chemistry II (& CHEM 122L)5
CHEM 341
  & CHEM 342
Organic Chemistry I
   and Organic Chemistry II
10
COMM 110Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
ENGL 110
  & ENGL 120
College Composition I
   and College Composition II
6
MATH 103College Algebra4
PHYS 203
  & PHYS 204
Introduction to Physics I
   and Introduction to Physics II
8
One year of Biology, Psychology, and/or Sociology
Total Hours41

Other medical schools have similar requirements but their catalogs should be consulted. It is recommended that pre-med students at Minot State take more than the minimum requirements. Serious students should, in addition, consider courses such as:

BIOL 142General Microbiology4
BIOL 220
  & BIOL 221
Anatomy And Physiology I
   and Anatomy And Physiology II
8
BIOL 215Genetics4
BIOL 335Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy4
BIOL 440Pre-Med Practicum3
CHEM 480LBiochemistry Laboratory2
CHEM 481Biochemistry I3
CHEM 482Biochemistry II3
MATH 210Elementary Statistics4
Computer Science Courses
Total Hours35

Pre-med students are also encouraged to take part in an undergraduate research project while at MSU. High school students wishing to follow a pre-med track as an undergraduate should take at least one year each of biology, chemistry, and physics, and two or more years of math while in high school in order to be prepared for college coursework.

Non-degree advising: Pre-Medicine

FreshmanHours
CHEM 121 (& CHEM 121L)5
CHEM 122 (& CHEM 122l)5
ENGL 1103
ENGL 1203
MATH 1034
BIOL 1504
 24
SophomoreHours
CHEM 3415
CHEM 3425
COMM 1103
BIOL 1424
BIOL 2154
PSY 1113
 24
JuniorHours
PHYS 2034
PHYS 2044
CHEM 4813
MATH 2104
BIOL 2204
BIOL 4403
 22
Total Hours: 70

This is a non-degree program. General Education categories are shown for appropriate courses for information only. There is no requirement that these students complete the MSU General Education requirements, nor is there any requirement that they earn 120 cr.

Pre-Optometry

Advisors: Dr. Ryan Winburn, Dr. Mikhail Bobylev, and Dr. Heidi Super

Admission to a college of optometry requires a high school diploma and two to four years of study at an accredited college or university. Most students accepted to colleges of optometry have completed three years of college and a large percentage have bachelor’s degrees. In high school the students should take at least one year of biology, chemistry, and physics, and should take as much mathematics as possible, including algebra, geometry , and trigonometry. The curriculum at the University will depend on the individual student’s interest and the college of optometry where the student plans to apply. Each student will take a minimum of one year of biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and English. Students planning to seek tuition support from North Dakota for out of state schools should notify both the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education and their University advisor.

Non-degree advising: Pre-Optometry

FreshmanHours
CHEM 121 (& CHEM 121L)5
CHEM 122 (& CHEM 122L)5
BIOL 1504
BIOL 1424
ENGL 1103
ENGL 1203
MATH 1034
MATH 1074
 32
SophomoreHours
BIOL 2204
BIOL 2214
CHEM 3415
CHEM 3425
PHYS 2034
PHYS 2044
MATH 1654
COMM 1103
PSY 1113
 36
Total Hours: 68

 

 

This is a non-degree program. General Education categories are shown for appropriate courses for information only. There is no requirement that these students complete the MSU General Education requirements, nor is there any requirement that they earn 120 cr.

Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Advisor: Dr. Ryan Winburn, Dr. Mikhail Bobylev, and Dr. Heidi Super

It is suggested that students interested in applying to veterinary school pursue a degree in one of the sciences and take specific courses to meet admission requirements. Note that admission to veterinary school is highly competitive. Students planning to seek tuition support from the state of North Dakota should notify both the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education Office and their advisor. Although specific requirements vary, the following list of Minot State courses based on the University of Minnesota list is typical:

CHEM 121General Chemistry I (& CHEM 121L)5
CHEM 122General Chemistry II (& CHEM 122L)5
CHEM 341
  & CHEM 342
Organic Chemistry I
   and Organic Chemistry II
10
CHEM 481Biochemistry I3
BIOL 142General Microbiology4
BIOL 215Genetics4
PHYS 203
  & PHYS 204
Introduction to Physics I
   and Introduction to Physics II
8
MATH 103College Algebra4
ENGL 110College Composition I3
ENGL 120College Composition II3
BIOL 150Introduction To Cellular Biology4
BIOL 151General Biology II: Introduction to Zoology4

Non-degree advising: Pre-Veterinary Medicine

FreshmanHours
CHEM 121 (& CHEM 121L)5
CHEM 122 (& CHEM 122l)5
BIOL 1504
MATH 1034
ENGL 1103
ENGL 1203
 24
SophomoreHours
CHEM 3415
CHEM 3425
BIOL 1424
BIOL 1514
BIOL 2154
 22
JuniorHours
PHYS 2034
PHYS 2044
CHEM 4813
 11
Total Hours: 57

This is a non-degree program. General Education categories are shown for appropriate courses for information only. There is no requirement that these students complete the MSU General Education requirements, nor is there any requirement that they earn 120 cr.