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Course Descriptions

English Composition/Writing Intensive Courses

  • Two semesters or three quarters
  • Minimum credits: 6 semester credits or 9 quarter credits.
  • Courses under humanities/social sciences, literature.
  • If your college does not teach English composition (or you are waived out of the first year writing requirement), you may fulfill this requirement with any course in which 50% or more of your grade assesses your ability to write in proper style, as documented by a course description, syllabus, or an instructor’s letter attached to the Prerequisite Substitution Form. Many colleges offer writing intensive courses in lieu of English composition. If your college transcript notes that your course is writing-intensive, that note is automatically acceptable and this form would not be required.
  • Other automatically accepted course titles on official transcripts: Writing, Technical Writing, Thesis, and Dissertation.
  • Not accepted: AP, foreign language, or communications credits.
  • A GRE verbal score of 650/163 will also satisfy this requirement.

Biological Science with lab

  • Two semesters or three quarters
  • Minimum credits: 6 semester credits or 9 quarter credits
  • A full-year of general biology or zoology with laboratory will fulfill this requirement.
  • If you have received Advanced Placement (AP) credit for general biology, you should enroll in a full year of higher-level biology courses with laboratory. The Admissions Committee will note in judging the quality of your academic program that you have fulfilled the biology requirement at a level higher than the minimum requirement.

General (Inorganic) Chemistry with lab

  • Two semesters or three quarters
  • Minimum credits: 6 semester credits or 9 quarter credits
  • The expected course is a full year of general chemistry course with laboratory (usually for science majors). 
  • AP credits with a grade of 4 or higher, are accepted. If a higher level chemistry is taken due to AP credit, it will be noted on quality of academic program.

Organic Chemistry

  • One Semester
  • Minimum credits: 3 semester credits; 4.5 quarter credits
  • Lab recommended

Advanced Life Science Course

  • One Semester
  • Minimum credits: 3 semester credits; 4.5 quarter credits.
  • 300-400 level course (junior or senior level. An exception will be Microbiology at a level of 200 or above)
  • Suggested courses include:
    • Microbiology (e.g. general or bacteriology);
    •  Immunology (e.g. basic immunology);
    • Physiology (animal/comparative physiology, bacterial physiology, neurophysiology, cell Physiology/histology, cell biology, endocrinology, developmental biology);
    • Genetics (genetics, molecular genetics, developmental genetics, bacterial genetics, or genomics).

Biochemistry, lab is preferred but not required

  • One Semester; full academic year preferred 
  • Minimum credits: 4 semester credits; 6 quarter credits
  • Can be offered under the title of physiological chemistry or biological chemistry
  • Should be taken at the upper-division level with the prerequisite of organic chemistry
  • A laboratory is not required with this lecture course
  • Major topics usually covered are:
    • Proteins (amino acids and protein analysis),
    • Enzymes (kinetics, mechanism of action, and coenzymes),
    • Nucleic acids (nucleosides, nucleotides, and polynucleotides),
    • Carbohydrates, lipids, and metabolism (glycolysis, citric acid cycle, oxidative phosphorylation, urea cycle, etc.),
    • Biosynthesis
  • Most colleges teach a complete course in biochemistry in one semester. If you attend a college where biochemistry is offered as a full-year course, you should take the complete course, and your extra credits will be noted for the bonus for quality of academic program. 

Physics with lab

  • Two semesters or three quarters
  • Minimum credits: 6 semester credits or 9 quarter credits
  • This should be a full-year course in college physics with laboratory, not necessarily requiring calculus as a prerequisite.
  • The Admissions Committee will accept Advanced Placement credits with a grade of 4 or higher in lieu of this requirement. 

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