Admission

Requirements for Applied Health, Biochemistry, Biology, and Chemistry majors.

While the Department of Biology and Chemistry does not cap enrollment in the four programs, students are expected to demonstrate certain levels of achievement (detailed here) to enter and remain in these majors.

Freshman Applicants

To qualify for a major in applied health, biology, biochemistry, or chemistry, freshman^ applicants must submit documentation of all three of the following (or their equivalents) to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions before the start of classes:

^All freshmen transfers can qualify for major under freshman applicant requirements only if all college math grades are B- or better.

Math: Minimum 540 math SAT*, 23 math ACT*, or AP calculus score of 3 or above
English: Minimum 480 verbal SAT, 19 ACT English and 20 ACT Reading, or AP English score of 3 or above
HS Prep: Grades of B or higher in one year each of high school biology AND chemistry

*For the chemistry major, 600 math SAT or 26 math ACT is required; high school physics may be substituted for biology.

Freshman applicants who do not qualify for direct admission to applied health, biology, biochemistry, or chemistry may be admitted to Bio/Chem Interest upon submission of documentation of both of the following (or their equivalents) to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions before the start of classes:

Math: Minimum 500 math SAT or math ACT of 21 AND
English: Minimum 480 verbal SAT, 19 ACT English and 20 ACT Reading, or AP English score of 3 or above

NOTE: There is a two-semester limit for remaining in Bio/Chem Interest. After two semesters, students must declare a major (see section for Matriculated APU Students below) or select a major outside the Department of Biology and Chemistry.

Transfer Applicants

To qualify for a major in applied health, biology, biochemistry, or chemistry, transfer^ applicants must submit evidence of all three of the following to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions before the start of classes:

^All freshmen transfers can qualify for major under freshman applicant requirements only if all college math grades are B- or better.

GPA: Minimum cumulative college GPA of 3.0
Math: B- or higher in College Algebra
Science: B- or higher in 1 semester each of college-level biology* AND chemistry OR B or higher in 1 year of high school biology AND chemistry (HS transcript must be provided)

*For the chemistry major, college-level physics or a second semester of chemistry may be substituted for biology.

Matriculated APU Students

To declare a major in applied health, biology, biochemistry, or chemistry, current APU students (including current Bio/Chem Interest) must satisfy all three of the following before their change of major will be approved:

Math: B- or higher in MATH 110** College Algebra
English: B- or higher in ENGL 110** Freshman Writing Seminar
Science: B- or higher in BIOL 101** Fundamentals of Biology* OR CHEM 101** Introduction to Chemistry

*For the chemistry major, B- or higher in CHEM 101 is required to meet the requirement.
**Or higher-level APU course in same discipline worth at least the same units.

Additional Requirements for Applied Health, Biology, Biochemistry, or Chemistry majors

All of the following requirements must be met to continue as an applied health, biology, biochemistry, or chemistry major. Failure to maintain these requirements will result in a student being dropped from the major. Re-entry to the major is by petition only.

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all biology, chemistry, math, and physics courses required for the major must be maintained.
  • A minimum grade of C- is required for all classes within the major.
  • Any single class within the major can only be taken two times at APU; students must change their major after two unsuccessful attempts in a single required course.
  • Only two courses total within the major can be repeated (including repeats of withdrawn courses); students must change their major after unsuccessful attempts in any three required classes.

General Undergraduate Admission Requirements

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Note: This information is current for the 2014-15 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.