2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Feb 29, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology, BS; Pre-Medical Concentration

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No grade below C- in biology courses is accepted for graduation requirements in the biology major.  After the first full year of enrollment, a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.2 must be achieved by the beginning of each fall semester to remain in the Pre-Medical Concentration. 

Preparation for Medical, Dental, or Veterinary School after Longwood

This concentration, is designed to help students develop the skills and knowledge necessary for gaining admission to Medical, Dental, or Veterinary School. This concentration also can be chosen by students who want to continue​ their education in other health-related advanced degree programs to become Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Genetic Counselors, Physician Assistants, Surgical Assistants, Nurse Anesthesiologists, Nurses (accelerated BS to BSN), or to work in the private sector. Prerequisite course requirements for individual schools vary. In addition to completion of this concentration, students interested in pursuing careers in these professions should become familiar with selected professional school(s) early in their academic career. In concert with this concentration, Longwood’s Pre-Med Scholars program will provide targeted advising for students.

To be a strong candidate for admission to professional schools, students should have a high GPA, score competitively on the entrance exam, and demonstrate firsthand experience in their chosen field of study. The latter is accomplished through experiential learning: clinical “shadowing” experiences, volunteer or paid work in a hospital, clinic, or other health setting, scientific research in a related field, or by working with large and small animals in a veterinary setting. Students can earn Longwood internship credits for these experiences. Biology majors may take a combined maximum of 5 credits total in internship and research courses (392, 492, 494, 496, 497) for quality points (A, B, and C grades). Beyond 5 credits, such courses must be taken on a pass/fail basis and will not count toward requirements for the major. Please note: 40 hours of internship/research experience equals 1 university credit hour.

Civitae Core Requirement (39-40 credits)

Civitae Core  

Biology majors in the Pre-Medical Concentration may count Civitae Core courses satisfying major requirements as also satisfying their respective Civitae Core requirements, up to two Pillar courses and one Perspectives course.  The following are the courses in this major that may be used in this way:

MATH 171  can satisfy the Quantitative Reasoning Pillar requirement

CHEM 111  can satisfy the Scientific Reasoning Pillar requirement

MATH 301  can satisfy the Quantitative Reasoning Perspectives requirement

Courses satisfying major requirements that are designated as  Civitae Core courses subsequent to the print deadline of this Catalog will not appear in the above listings but will be eligible to also satisfy Civitae Core requirements, subject to the same rules as the others.  (If doing so would otherwise decrease the total credits required for the degree below 120, General Elective credit must be substituted to restore the total.)  

Additional Degree Requirements (4 credits)

Major Requirements (70 - 74 credits) (plus 6 -9 credits included in the Core Curriculum)

Area Requirements (12 credits)

All students must successfully complete at least one class from each area below.

Cell and Molecular Area

Ecology and Evolution Area

Concentration Requirements (25 credits)

General Electives

General Electives for BS Degree with Pre-Medical Concentration 2-7 credits

Total Credits Required

BS in Biology with Pre-Medical Concentration 120

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