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Prerequisite Courses

Prerequisite Classes

The classes mentioned in italics are those offered at CSULB that meet the prerequisite requirements.

  • All prerequisite courses must be taken from an accredited institution.

  • Go to assist.org to find equivalencies at CA community colleges

Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab

At least 2 semester or 3 quarter courses are required to meet the requirement.

  • The courses must be directed towards the science major, allied health profession, etc., and must have a lab component for consideration.

  • Courses for non-science majors will not be considered.

If human anatomy and physiology are combined, the course work must be a 2 semester/3 quarter sequence.

Biology 208: Human Anatomy: The gross anatomy, histology, and neuroanatomy of the human body. Designed for majors in physical education and the allied health fields. (Lecture and Lab)

and

Biology 207: Human Physiology : General introduction to the functional integration of human body systems. (Lecture and Lab)

or

Biology 213: General Biology III : Ecology and Physiology. Introduction to the functional biology of plants and animals and the abiotic and biotic factors that affect their distribution and abundance. (Lecture and Lab)

General Biology with Lab

At least 2 semester or 3 quarter courses are required to meet the requirement.

  • The courses must be directed towards the science major, allied health profession, etc., and must have a lab component for consideration.

  • Courses for non-science majors will not be considered.

  • General Microbiology may substitute for General Biology II.

Biology 211 : General Biology I : Evolution as a process responsible for biological diversity at all levels: molecular, cellular, organismal, population, and community. Phylogenetic and taxonomic survey of life. Science as method of inquiry. (Lecture and Lab)

Biology 212: General Biology II : Introduction to macromolecular and cellular structure and function and to fundamental genetic principles. (Lecture and Lab)

General Chemistry with Lab

At least 2 semester or 3 quarter courses are required to meet the requirement.

  • The courses must be directed towards the science major, allied health profession, etc., and must have a lab component for consideration.

  • Courses for non-science majors will not be considered.

  • Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry or a combined Organic/Biochemistry course can substitute for General Chemistry II.

Chemistry 111A: General Chemistry I : Introduction to the principles of chemistry including chemical bonding, solution properties and chemical equilibrium and kinetics. (Lecture and Lab)

Chemistry 111B: General Chemistry II: Continuation of the study of chemical principles with application to inorganic systems. Includes application of modern bonding theories to inorganic molecules and study of trends and reactivities of the elements and their compounds. Qualitative inorganic analysis and extensive solving of aqueous equilibrium problems are emphasized. (Lecture and Lab)

General Physics with Lab

At least 2 semester or 3 quarter courses are required to meet the requirement.

  • The courses must be directed towards the science major, allied health profession, etc., and must have a lab component for consideration.

  • Courses for non-science majors will not be considered.

  • Algebra or Calculus based physics are acceptable.

Physics 100A: General Physics I : Considers properties of matter, mechanics, wave motion and heat. (Lecture and Lab)

Physics 100B: General Physics II : Considers electricity, light, and atomic and nuclear physics. (Lecture and Lab)

Statistics

One course in statistics is required (semester or quarter).

  • It is strongly recommended that the statistics course be taken from either the mathematics, psychology or biology department from your university.

Biology 260: Biostatistics: Probability and statistics used in the description and analysis of biological data. (Lecture and Lab)

Kinesiology 483: Statistics in Human Movement Science: Evaluation and analysis of measuring devices and resulting data used in Kinesiology. Interpretation of data using appropriate statistical analyses. (Lecture and Lab)

General Psychology

One course in General Psychology is required (semester or quarter).

  • Abnormal Psychology may substitute for General Psychology

Psychology 100: General Psychology: Introduction to the scientific study of human behavior. Designed to provide the student with a basic background for further study and for practical application in everyday life. Topics include biological foundations of behavior, motivation, emotion, learning, memory and thought processes, personality, development, social behavior, abnormal behavior, and methods of therapy.

Important Information

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics sequences must be for Science/Allied Health majors and must have a laboratory component included.

  • Human Anatomy and Human Physiology must be taken within 5 years at the time of application. All other courses must be taken within 10 years at the time of application.

  • On-line lecture courses will be accepted for credit.

  • On-line laboratories are not accepted for credit.

  • High school A P courses are not accepted for credit.