Biology BS: Pre-Professional

Pace University offers qualified students an opportunity to earn a Pace undergraduate degree in Biology and a professional degree from another educational institution (see list below) in a shorter period of time than by pursuing these degrees separately.  Pace students generally follow the standard BS in Biology General Biology track but with appropriate modifications, particularly in required electives.  Undergraduates generally follow the standard Biology, BS track in General Biology track but with appropriate modifications, particularly in required electives. 

Note: For acceptance into an available accelerated dual-degree undergraduate school/graduate school program, undergraduates must satisfy separate admission requirements for both the undergraduate and professional parts of the program. Admission to the undergraduate part of the program does not guarantee admission to the graduate part of the program.

Undergraduates interested in any of these programs should consult with the appropriate departmental advisor at their campus during their first year in residence. 

Occupational Therapy

This Program consists of three years of undergraduate study at Pace (108 credits) and two additional years of study at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Students who complete the program receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Pace and a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Columbia.

Pre-Optometry

This Program consists of three years of undergraduate study at Pace (108 credits) and four additional years of study at the State University of New York College of Optometry. Students who complete the program receive a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Pace and a Doctor of Optometry (DO) degree from SUNY.

gram at NY Medical College in their junior year for early acceptance but must finish their final year of study to earn the BS degree at Pace.

Podiatry

This Program consists of three years of undergraduate study at Pace (108 credits) and four additional years of study at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine.

University Core – (44-55)

Note: required math and science courses (37 credits) listed below fulfill various foundation, area of knowledge, and inquiry and exploration requirements for the major.

Major Courses – (45-51)

Major Biology Requirements: 26 credits

Major Pre-Professional Electives by Track: 19-25 credits

    Occupational Therapy Track: (22 cred.)  

    Optometry Track: (25 cred.)

    Podiatry Track:  (19 cred.)

Major-Required Math & Science Courses (22-29 credits)

Major-required math and science courses not taken for University Core Curriculum credit will be taken as Open Elective courses:

CHE 111General Chemistry I

4 credits

CHE 112General Chemistry II

4 credits

CHE 223Organic Chemistry I

5 credits

CHE 224Organic Chemistry II

5 credits

PHY 111General Physics I

4 credits

PHY 112General Physics II

4 credits

MAT 131Calculus I

4 credits

MAT 132Calculus II

4 credits

MAT 134Introduction to Probability and Statistics

3 credits

Biology Core Courses: (26 credits)

BIO 101General Biology I

4 credits

BIO 102General Biology II

4 credits

BIO 231Genetics

4 credits

BIO 327Cellular Biochemistry

4 credits

BIO 335Molecular and Cellular Biology

4 credits

BIO 490Introduction to Research in the Biological Sciences

3 credits

And

ONE Research Course (advisor-approved): BIO 395/480/491

Major Pre-Professional Electives by Track - (19–25 credits)

Occupational Therapy Track Electives (22 credits)

Required Major Track Electives for upper-level students accepted into accelerated joint degree program - Pace/Columbia University MS Occupational Therapy Program include the following: 

Pace Courses: Biology 251 Human Anatomy (4 credits) and BIO 334 Physiology (4 credits)

AND

Columbia University Courses taken in undergraduate's 4th year (14 credits) 

Podiatry Track Electives (19 credits)

Required Major Track Electives for upper-level students accepted into accelerated joint degree program - Pace/New York College of Podiatry program include the following: 

Columbia University Courses taken in undergraduate's 4th year (19 credits) 

Optometry Track Electives (25 credits)

Required Major Track Electives for upper-level students accepted into accelerated joint degree program - Pace/SUNY College of Optometry - include the following: 

Pace Course: Biology 264 Microbiology (4 credits) 

AND

SUNY College of Optometry Courses taken in undergraduate's 4th year (21 credits) 

 

Open Electives – (22-39)

These include required Math and Science courses not taken for University Core Curriculum credit, UNV 101 (required of incoming freshmen students), and any remaining open elective courses.

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