Spring Hill College has a longstanding reputation of providing an academically sound background for students who desire to become health care professional such as physician, dentist, veterinarians, pharmacists and optometrist. Students wishing to enter one of the above health professions do not have to pursue a major in biology but a major in science is recommended (biology, chemistry, or biochemistry). There are three aspects of our program that set it apart from others:
1. Core Curriculum – professional schools seek students with a broad-based educational background that is rich in the humanities. The core curriculum at SHC college provides exactly that type of coursework.
2. Preparation for a Professional School Post-graduate Education – Our graduates who have entered the health professional schools have confirmed the strength of our pre-health program. The upper-division biology textbooks utilized at SHC are many times the same textbooks used by the professional schools.
3. Support – Pre-health students are given the support needed to prepare for the health professional school application process. The directors of admissions for the state-supported professional schools in Alabama and Louisiana visit our campus each year. They give all of our pre-health students’ relevant information on applying to health professional programs. Our program supports the student in acquiring shadowing and volunteering hours required for applying to health professional schools.
For students interested in health careers other than those listed above the Bachelor of Science in Health Science is recommended. (Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant, Genetic Counseling, Cytology, Clinical Laboratory Science, Orthoptics, Prosthetic and Orthotics, Athletic Training and others).
Our pre-health biology program provides students with a well-rounded education and prepares them to pursue a graduate or professional health care program. Students will also have several out-of-classroom opportunities to build their resume and portfolios.
Graduates of this pre-health program will have a solid foundation to continue their education in a graduate program or professional program upon graduation. This is a great opportunity for students who want to go on to become doctors, veterinarians, and other medical professionals.
Below are courses in the Pre-Health Biology curriculum that are recommended for each year. This does not include Core Requirements that you must take as well.
|Principles of Biology (+ Lab)
|Microbiology (+ Lab)
|General Chemistry I and II (+ Labs)
|Biomedical Anatomy and Physiology I & II (+ Labs)
|Organic Chemistry I and II (+ Labs)
|Genetics (+ Lab)
|Cell and Molecular Lab
|Physics with Calculus I & II (+ Labs)
|4-6 Upper Division Biology Electives
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Associate Professor, Department Chair of Biology
Associate Professor; Department Chair, Biology
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