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The Biology Pre-Professional programs provide students with an opportunity to earn a B.S. in Biology from Felician College and a graduate degree from a number of cooperating professional school programs in the following fields:

1. Audiology (Bloomsburg University of PA)
2. Chiropractic (NY Chiropractic College)
3. Occupational Therapy (Sage Graduate School)
4. Physician Assistant (Rutgers-SHRP)
5. Physical Therapy (Rutgers-SHRP)
6. Podiatry (NY College of Podiatric Medicine)

Upon successful completion of their Felician coursework, students will be able to demonstrate competence in scientific reasoning and quantitative analysis, critical thinking, and written communication, as well as proficiency in application of fundamental principles and laboratory methods in biology and chemistry. Students will also demonstrate an understanding of the ethical challenges and responsibilities of applying scientific knowledge, the relationship of Franciscan values to professional practice, and the potential contributions of science-related professions to human welfare and sustainability.

In most of the pre-professional programs, students take three years of required courses at Felician, with their first year of professional school courses counting toward their fourth year for the B.S. (The exception is Occupational Therapy, which requires a four-year sequence of courses at Felician.) An additional 2-3 years at the professional school is needed for the graduate degree (duration depending on whether a Masters or Doctorate is needed).

Students should declare their intention to pursue a specific articulated program as soon as possible within their first year at Felician to ensure proper scheduling of the correct sequence of courses. Note that each program has a GPA requirement for entry into the cooperating professional school, and may have other qualifications as indicated in the individual program requirements summarized below.

In each program, students must achieve a minimum grade of C in all science and math courses.

Chiropractic Program

The Chiropractic Program is an articulated program coordinated with the New York Chiropractic College providing a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Felician and a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree from New York Chiropractic College.

Chiropractic focuses upon the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system, and explores the effects these disorders have on the nervous system and on health in general. One of the fastest-growing health professions, chiropractic increasingly finds itself managing patient care through collaborative partnerships with other essential health care professionals.

Students in the chiropractic program spend about three years at Felician College completing 100 credits in the pre-professional component (47 credits in the General Education and Core curriculum and 53 credits in the required pre-professional Core). Students must apply for admission for their professional coursework at the New York Chiropractic College. Applicants must have a 3.100 GPA. Upon successful completion of their first year of courses at NYCC, Felician College will award the Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Upon completion of the remainder of the required coursework (approximately two years) NYCC will award the degree of Doctor of Chiropractic (DC).

Degree Requirements
All students must:
1. Maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.100 and a minimum grade of “C” in all math and science courses;
2. Notify NYCC of their intent to pursue the Chiropractic Program no later than the end of their first year of studies at Felician College;
3. Provide three letters of recommendation (including at least one from a Doctor of Chiropractic); and
4. Participate in an admissions interview.

Course Requirements (100 Credits)

Core Curriculum (12 credits)

CORE 200 Culture and Diversity 3
CORE 250 Applied Ethical Reasoning 3
CORE 300 Journey to Selfhood 3
CORE 400 Franciscan Vision 3
General Education Requirements (35 credits)
ENG 101 Writing the College Essay 3
ENG 102 Introduction to the Study of Literature 3
BIO 202 Microbiology 4
RELS___ Religious Studies Elective (100 or 200 level) 3
RELS___ Religious Studies Elective (300 or 400 level) 3
_____ Social/Behavioral Sci. Elective (HIST, ECON, PSYC, PSCI, SOC) 3
MATH 160 College Algebra 4
CIS 101/103 Introduction to Computer Applications 4
  Introduction to Advanced Computer Applications 3
ART/MUS___ Creative Arts Elective 3
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
FYE 100 *Freshmen Year Experience I 1
FYE 101 *Freshmen Year Experience II 1
Required Pre-Professional Core (53 credits)
BIO 103 General Biology I 4
BIO 104 General Biology II 4
BIO 205 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO 206 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BIO 405 Genetics 4
CHEM 103 General Chemistry I 5
CHEM 104 General Chemistry II 5
CHEM 201 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM 360 Biochemistry (OR CHEM 202 Organic Chemistry II) 4
PHYS 103 General Physics I 4
PHYS 104 General Physics II 4
MATH 122 Statistics I 3
MATH 161 Precalculus 4

* FYE is for full-time, first-time freshmen

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Dr. Alfredo Castro
Associate Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Gaby Fahmy
Assistant Professor of Biology

Dr. Barry Goldberg
Assistant Professor of Biology

Dr. Robert Rogers
Associate Professor of Biology

Dr. Wei Shi
Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Edward Siden
Associate Professor of Biology

Dr. Marjorie Squires
Associate Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Patrick Weir
Associate Professor of Biology and Chair
Department of Natural Sciences

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