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Pre-Med, Pre-Vet, Pre-Pharm, Pre-Dent, Pre-Physician Assistant (BS)

Pre-Medical, Pre-Veterinary, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Dental and Pre-Physician Assistant

Pre-med, pre-vet, pre-pharmacy, pre-dental and pre-physician assistant are not majors, but career paths. A major in biology with some carefully selected electives will perfectly prepare students well for admission into any of these postgraduate professional programs.

Prospective students should check the requirements for admission to their desired postgraduate program. Almost all programs will require a full year of general biology, a full year of chemistry, a full year of organic chemistry, and a full year of physics. Many programs also require some combination of courses in psychology, calculus, English, and/or biochemistry. The biology major at Fontbonne is a perfect match for these requirements.

Because the biology major is flexible, allowing students to choose electives that fit their interests, we have put together a list of the requirements and recommended electives for students planning to pursue postgraduate professional medical schools. In the event that a student decides not to attend one of these schools, he or she would still graduate from Fontbonne with a BS in biology.

To graduate from Fontbonne University, a student needs to earn 128 credits. To complete the degree as a biology major, the student would take the following courses:

THE BIOLOGY CORE (17-18 credits)             

BIO 112   General Biology I (counted as GER)

BIO 114   General Biology II with Lab (4 credits)

BIO 196   Biology Seminar I (2 credits)

BIO 212   Genetics (3 credits)

BIO 318   Cell and Molecular Biology (3 credits)

BIO 496   Biology seminar II (2 credits)

Plus any one of the following:

BIO 204   Mathematical Modeling and Experimental Design (3)

BIO 214   Molecular Genetics of Development (3)

BIOLOGY SUBCATEGORIES (24-34 credits) Any of the courses recommended would be appropriate choices for students seeking admission to the postgraduate professional schools.

   Organismal (choose any two)

BIO 250    Microbiology with Lab (4 credits) recommended for all pre-programs
BIO 220    Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab (4 credits) recommended for pre-med and pre-dental
BIO 222    Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab (4 credits) recommended for pre-med
BIO 293B  Comparative Anatomy (3 credits) recommended for pre-vet
BIO 306    Kinesiology/Biomechanics with Lab (4 credits) recommended for pre-med

   Cell and Molecular (choose any three)

BIO 324 Techniques in tissue culture (3 credits)
BIO 326 Molecular techniques laboratory (3 credits)
CHM318 Biochemistry (3 credits) recommended for all pre-programs
BIO 322 Immunology (3 credits) recommended for all pre-programs

   Ecology/Evolution (choose any one)

BIO 160  Animal Behavior (3 credits) recommended for pre-vet
BIO 271  Field Ecology (4 credits)
BIO 320  Evolutionary Biology (3 credits) recommended for all pre-programs

   Professional Skills  (choose between two and ten credits)

BIO 295 / 495 Department Research (2-4 credits); may be taken multiple times
BIO 497 Biology Internship (1-4 credits)
BIO 203 Science and Society (3 credits)


CHM 106 General Chemistry I with Lab (counted as GER)
CHM 108 General Chemistry II with Lab (4 credits)
CHM 210 Organic Chemistry I (3 credits)
CHM 211 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (2 credits)
CHM 212 Organic Chemistry II (3 credits)

   Chemistry elective courses (completing both courses will complete the chemistry minor)

CHM 213 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (2 credits) recommended for all pre-programs
CHM 318 Biochemistry (3 credits) recommended for all pre-programs

REQUIRED MATH (10 credits)

MTH 125 Biostatistics (3 credits)
MTH 150 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (4 credits)
MTH 315 Advanced Statistics (3 credits)

REQUIRED PHYSICS (8 credits) (Choose one sequence)

PHY 208 College Physics I with Lab (4 credits)
PHY 210 College Physics II with Lab (4 credits)


PHY 218 Engineering Physics I with Lab (4 credits)
PHY 220 Engineering Physics II with Lab (4 credits)


The following courses required for the Biology major also meet some general education requirements. The student is free to choose his or her courses to meet the rest of the general education requirements. Read more about the general education courses and requirements at Fontbonne in the catalog.

MTH 125 Biostatistics (3 credits)
BIO 112 General Biology I with Lab (4 credits)
CHM 106 General Chemistry I with Lab (4 credits)

We recommend that pre-med students also choose:

PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: BIO 413 Exit Exam (0 credits); Any Religion or Theology course

Choose a minor

Students could choose a minor to help complete the 128 credits required for graduation. The BPS department offers minors in biology, chemistry, and environmental studies.

Interested in learning about other STEM programs (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)? Explore here.

Learn more about career opportunities with the Pre-Med major

Questions? Contact Admissions: (314) 889-1400 or (800) 205-5862 | fbyou@fontbonne.edu