Biology: Pre-Medicine

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See yourself in that white coat—whether that’s as a medical practitioner, scientist, or researcher, our Pre-Med program gets you there. 


The field of medicine incorporates concepts from a range of different disciplines including ethics, business, and even philosophy. In addition to these disciplines, the biological sciences is a vast field that overlaps with the other natural sciences. Recent data from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) suggests the majority of applicants and matriculants to U.S. medical schools have undergraduate degrees in the biological sciences. So if you decide to pursue this major, you’ll be in good company.  

You can choose to major or minor in Biology

Learn how to: 

  • Apply core biological science concepts to real world scenarios
  • Master the scientific method and scientific primary literature, experiment design and application, as well as data evaluation
  • Apply biological knowledge to individual, community, and global issues
  • Master basic laboratory skills and techniques across multiple biology disciplines>
  • Think critically to formulate problems, gather and analyze data, as well as interpret results
  • Effectively communicate biological information to the scientific community through written and oral formats
  • Translate and apply skills to graduate or professional studies and/or career goals
  • Demonstrate scientifically ethical conduct, as well as an awareness of legal and ethical implications of scientific issues in society
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750+ Course Options

The Coppin State University Academic Catalog has a wide variety of skill-building courses designed to inspire and prepare you to be in-demand professionals and transformational leaders.

The Pre-Medicine focus of this program is designed to help students apply biological science theories, principles, and techniques to careers and professional programs related to medicine, pharmacy, and physician assistantships.  

Biology students can choose from 2 other concentrations to learn the foundational skills that prepare you for advanced study, or any medical career with research or analytical responsibilities:

Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission to the Biology and Life Sciences program, students must be currently enrolled and in good academic standing. It also helps if you’re excited about and interested in a career in science!  

Program Requirements

To graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Life Sciences, students must complete 120 credit hours. These credit hours split among: 

  • General Education Requirements, or GERs  
  • Core major courses  
  • Supporting major courses 
  • Electives 

General Education Requirements (GERs)

All students must complete 40 GER credits. In addition, all science majors must also take these courses to satisfy GERs:

  • MATH 131 (College Algebra for science majors)  
  • BIOL 106 (Fundamentals of cell biology)
  • CHEM 101 - General Chemistry (Prerequisite MATH 131) 

Learn more about the program courses you may take as part of the Pre-medicine track within the Applied Sciences concentration of the Biology major.

Core Courses (34 credits)

Course credits Name
BIOL 103 4 Botany
BIO 104 4 Zoology
BIOL 201 4 Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 203 4 Anatomy and Physiology II

BIOL 305


Animal Physiology 

BIOL 308 4 Microbiology

BIOL 402

4 Principles of Genetics

BIOL 410


Molecular Biology 

BIOL 403 1 Seminar I
BIOL 404 1

Seminar II

Supporting Courses (37 credits)

Course credits Name
CHEM 102 4 General Chemistry II
CHEM 307 5 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 308 5 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 313 4 Biochemistry

MATH 132



PHYS 301 4 Physics I
PHYS 302 4 Physics II
MATH 201 4 Calculus I
MATH 203 3 Statistics

Electives (9 credits)

Course credits Name
BIOL 302 4 Animal Histology
BIOL 303 4 Neuroscience: Research & Analysis

BIOL 301


Animal Embryology

BIOL 401 4


PHSC 306 4 Earth and Space Science

Remember! You must complete all major and prerequisite courses with a grade of C or higher.

Sample Degree Plan

This plan is only for example purposes. Your academic journey may be slightly different from another student’s, so be sure to always communicate with your academic advisor before finalizing your course schedule. 

Fall Semester (16 credits)

Course credits name
ENGL 101 3 English Composition I
PSYC 201 3 General Psychology 
MATH 131 3 College Algebra
HIST xxx 3 History I Course

PHIL 102


PHIL 103


Introduction to Logic



FRSEM 101 1 Freshman Seminar

Spring Semester (18 credits)

course credits name
MATH 132 4 Pre-Calculus
BIOL 106 4 Cell Biology
CHEM 101 4 General Chemistry I
MISY 150 (or HEED 101 or GEOG 102) 3 Tech Fluency
HIST xxx 3 History II Course

Fall Semester (13 credits)

Course credits name
ENGL 102 3 English Composition II
ANTH 207 3 Anthropology
WLIT 207 3 World Literature
BIOL 103 4 General Botany

Spring Semester (15 credits)

Course credits name
CHEM 102 4 General Chemistry II
BIOL 201 4 Anatomy and Physiology I
IDIS 103 (or Foreign Lang, ART 103, Music 201, Dance 226, Theater 211, Speech 105) 3 Visual Arts & Theatre
BIOL 104 4 General Zoology

Fall Semester (16 credits)

Course credits name
CHEM 307 5 Organic Chemistry (only offered in the Fall)
PHYS 301 4 General Physics (only offered in the Fall)
MATH 203 3 Statistics
BIOL 203 4 Anatomy and Physiology II

Spring Semester (17 credits)

course credits name
CHEM 308 5 Organic Chemistry II (only offered in the Spring)
PHYS 302 4 Physics II (only offered in the Spring)

BIOL 305


Animal Physiology (only offered in the Spring)

BIOLxxx 4 Program elective [BIOL 301 (Animal Embryology / PHSC 306 (Earth & Space Science]

Fall Semester (13 credits)

Course credits name
BIOL 403 1 Seminar in Biology I
BIOL 308 4 Microbiology
BIOL xxx 4 Program Elective (such as BIOL 302, BIOL 303 -both only offered in the fall)
MATH 201 4 Calculus

Spring Semester (13 credits)

Course credits Name
BIOL 404 1 Seminar II
BIOL 402 4 Principles of Genetics (only offered in the Spring)
CHEM 313 4 Biochemistry (only offered in the Spring)
BIOL 410 4 Molecular Biology (only offered in the Spring)

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Biology and Life Sciences lives in the Department of Natural Sciences in the School of Arts & Sciences within the College of Arts & Sciences, and Education