Program Overview:

Advanced Studies in Biology for the Health Professions

Advanced Studies in Biology for Health Professions draws students from a wide range of backgrounds who are interested in careers in medicine, physical therapy, physician assistant studies or other health careers. Students complete four to eight advanced undergraduate courses in biology to help them prepare for professional programs.


Select at least four courses** from the following:

  • BIOL SCI 308 Biochemistry
  • BIOL SCI 313 Human Anatomy
  • BIOL SCI 315 Advanced Cell Biology
  • BIOL SCI 316 Human Structure and Function
  • BIOL SCI 317 Regional Human Anatomy Lab (.34 units*)
  • BIOL SCI 318 Advanced Human Physiology
  • BIOL SCI 327 Biology of Aging
  • BIOL SCI 328 Microbiology
  • BIOL SCI 355 Immunobiology

*BIOL SCI 317 is .34 units. Students electing to take BIOL SCI 317 would need to take a minimum of four other courses to earn the certificate.

**Please note that this is not a grade enhancement program, and thus students are not allowed to retake courses that were previously completed at another university as part of this certificate program. Students applying to this program should select courses that they have not previously attempted.

Courses in biological anthropology may be applied to the certificate, with the approval of the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate and Professional Studies.

In addition to the program requirements, students have the option to enroll in any of the courses offered at SPS (e.g., calculus, psychology, bioethics). However, elective courses will not count toward the minimum of four courses for the certificate.

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Additional Information

Students who need to complete the introductory core prerequisites for medical or professional health graduate programs may wish to consider the Professional Health Careers program.