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Biological Sciences—Prephysical Therapy Major (B.S.)

  • Preparation for physical therapy graduate program
  • Also for nursing, physician assistant, and chiropractic programs

Major code: BS2507

Faculty Contact: Dr. Matthew White

Admissions Information

Degree Requirements & Sample 4-Year Program

Program Overview

The biology Prephysical Therapy major program is designed to meet the prerequisites of the physical therapy program at Ohio University and most other institutions, as well as nursing, physician assistant, and chiropractic programs.

This major is also designed to provide students with a solid background in the life sciences. It should be noted that there are no uniform requirements for physical therapy schools. If you are interested in applying to a particular physical therapy program, you will need to consult the school’s catalog or website for exact prerequisites.

Careers and Graduate School

The biology-prephysical therapy major program is designed to meet the prerequisites of the physical therapy program at Ohio University and most other institutions, as well as nursing, physician assistant, and chiropractic programs.

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Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission: No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy: No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission: No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Degree Requirements

Major Hours Requirement

The biological science major requires a minimum of 123 hours.

University-wide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all University-wide graduation requirements.

College-Level Requirements for the College of Arts & Sciences

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Preparation for Physical Therapy

Biological Sciences Requirements

Complete a total of 37 semester hours of BIOS coursework, including all of the requirements below. Note: 1000- and 2000-level courses not specifically required by the major will not count toward the BIOS hours requirement, but they may be used to fulfill University graduation requirements.

  • BIOS 1700 - Biological Sciences I: Molecules and Cells Credit Hours: 3.0
  • BIOS 1705 - Biological Sciences I Laboratory Credit Hours: 1.0
  • BIOS 1710 - Biological Sciences II: Ecology, Evolution, Animal Body Systems Credit Hours: 3.0
  • BIOS 1715 - Biological Sciences II Laboratory Credit Hours: 1.0
  • BIOS 3010 - Human Anatomy Credit Hours: 3.0
  • BIOS 3015 - Human Anatomy Lab Credit Hours: 1.0
  • BIOS 3100 - General Genetics Credit Hours: 3.0
  • BIOS 3200 - Fundamentals of Animal Cell Biology Credit Hours: 3.0
  • BIOS 3300 - Principles of Evolution Credit Hours: 3.0
  • BIOS 3450 - Human Physiology Credit Hours: 3.0
  • BIOS 3455 - Human Physiology Laboratory Credit Hours: 2.0
  • BIOS 4130 - Human Neuroscience Credit Hours: 3.0
  • BIOS 4135 - Human Neuroscience Laboratory Credit Hours: 1.0
  • BIOS 4450 - Physiology of Exercise Credit Hours: 3.0
  • BIOS 4455 - Physiology of Exercise Laboratory Credit Hours: 1.0
  • BIOS 4630 - Biological Chemistry Credit Hours: 3.0
  • or CHEM 4901 - Biochemistry I
  • and CHEM 4902 - Biochemistry II

Extradepartmental Requirements

Complete six sub-requirements.

Sub-Requirement 1: Additional Courses

Complete the following courses:

  • PSY 1010 - General Psychology Credit Hours: 3.0
  • PSY 2410 - Child and Adolescent Psychology Credit Hours: 3.0
  • PT 2590 - Introduction to Physical Therapy Credit Hours: 2.0
Sub-Requirement 2: Chemistry

Complete the following courses:

  • CHEM 1510 - Fundamentals of Chemistry I Credit Hours: 4.0
  • CHEM 1520 - Fundamentals of Chemistry II Credit Hours: 4.0
Sub-Requirement 3: Organic Chemistry

Complete either the following course or course group option:

  • CHEM 3010 - Organic Chemistry Credit Hours: 3.0
Organic Chemistry course group option

Complete the following courses:

  • CHEM 3050 - Organic Chemistry I Credit Hours: 3.0
  • CHEM 3060 - Organic Chemistry II Credit Hours: 3.0
Sub-Requirement 4: Mathematics

Complete the following course:

  • MATH 2301 - Calculus I Credit Hours: 4.0
Sub-Requirement 5: Physics

Complete one of the following course group options:

Introduction to Physics course group option

Complete the following courses:

  • PHYS 2001 - Introduction to Physics Credit Hours: 4.0
  • PHYS 2002 - Introduction to Physics Credit Hours: 4.0
General Physics course group option

Complete the following courses:

  • PHYS 2051 - General Physics Credit Hours: 5.0
  • PHYS 2052 - General Physics Credit Hours: 5.0
Sub-Requirement 6: Statistics

Complete one of the following:

  • MATH 2500 - Introduction to Statistics Credit Hours: 4.0
  • PSY 2110 - Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences Credit Hours: 4.0

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