General Undergraduate Admission Requirements
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Requirements for Allied Health, Biochemistry, Biology, and Chemistry Majors
While the Department of Biology and Chemistry does not cap enrollment in these majors, students are expected to demonstrate certain levels of achievement (detailed below) to enter and remain in these majors.
To qualify for a major in allied health, biology, biochemistry, or chemistry,1 freshman2 applicants must submit documentation of the following (or their equivalents) and indicate their choice for one of those majors to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions before the start of classes. After this date, the requirements in the section Matriculated APU Students (below) must be met.
- Math: Score of 45 on the ALEKS test or any of criteria 1-10 for waiving the GE Quantitative Literacy requirement. Note: The B- in MATH 110 prerequisite for CHEM 151 (which is required of all students in these majors) is also satisfied by criteria 1-8, but not criteria 9-10.
- High School Prep: Grades of B or higher in one year each of high school biology AND chemistry.1
1 For the chemistry major, a score of 65 on a proctored ALEKS test or criteria 1-8 are required, and high school physics may be substituted for biology.
2 Freshman transfer students can qualify for the majors under freshman applicant requirements only if all college math/science grades are B- or better.
Freshman applicants who do not qualify for direct admission to allied health, biology, biochemistry, or chemistry may be admitted to allied health/biochemistry/biology/chemistry interest upon submission of documentation of the following (or the equivalent) and indicating their interest to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions before the start of classes:
- Math: Minimum 500 math SAT, 21 math ACT, or 30 ALEKS
NOTE: There is a two-semester limit for remaining in allied health, biochemistry, biology, or chemistry interest. After two semesters, students must meet the requirements to declare a major in the section for Matriculated APU Students below, or select a major outside the Department of Biology and Chemistry.
To qualify for a major in allied health, biology, biochemistry, or chemistry, transfer1 applicants must submit evidence of all of the following to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions before the start of classes. After this date, the requirements in the section Matriculated APU Students (below) must be met.
- Math: B- in MATH 110 College Algebra, 65 ALEKS score or any of criteria 1-8 for waiving the GE Quantitative Literacy requirement.
- Science: B- or higher in college courses equivalent to BIOL 151 AND CHEM 151.2
1 Freshman transfer students can qualify for the major under freshman applicant requirements only if all college math/science grades are B- or better.
2 For the chemistry major: college-level physics or a second semester of college-level chemistry may be substituted for biology.
Matriculated APU Students
To declare a major in allied health, biology, biochemistry, or chemistry,1 all current APU students (including current allied health/biochemistry/biology/chemistry interest and already-matriculated transfer students) must earn grades of B- or higher in biology, chemistry, math, and English courses taken at APU that meet graduation requirements in their intended major. The following are examples of courses that could be used to fulfill the requirement. These requirements cannot be met by transfer courses, high school courses, or test scores. (Exception: If all math courses or English courses required for graduation in the intended major have been successfully completed, no additional course in the respective category is required for admission to the major.)
1 To declare a major in chemistry, current APU students must earn a grade of B- or higher in CHEM 151 or other chemistry lecture course taken at APU and required by the chemistry major.
|BIOL 151||General Biology I||4|
|CHEM 151||General Chemistry I||4|
|Or other 4-unit APU BIOL or CHEM course required by the intended major|
|MATH 110||College Algebra2||3|
|or other APU MATH course required by the intended major such as:|
|MATH 130||Introduction to Statistics2||3|
|MATH 151||Applied Calculus I||3|
|MATH 161||Calculus I||5|
|WRIT 110||Writing 1: The Art and Craft of Writing||3|
|ENGL 111||Studies in Literature||3|
|or other APU ENGL or WRIT course that meets a General Education requirement|
The following are policies that apply to all students in courses offered by the department:
- A student must complete all prerequisites for a BIOC, BIOL, or CHEM course with a C- or better before taking the course (except as noted in the course description).
- Students with a total of three unsuccessful attempts (below C-) in any combination of BIOC, BIOL, and CHEM courses will be automatically dropped from subsequent enrollment in department courses.
- Any single BIOC, BIOL, or CHEM course may only be taken two times at APU.
- Students may not earn a chemistry minor if they are majoring in biochemistry, nor may they earn a biology minor if they are majoring in allied health or biochemistry.
- Students missing more than three labs in a course receive an automatic F in the course.
- Courses with labs in an online or correspondence format are not allowed to transfer as BIOC, BIOL, or CHEM courses.
Additional Requirements for Allied Health, Biochemistry, Biology, and Chemistry Majors
All of the following requirements must be met to continue as an allied health, biology, biochemistry, or chemistry major. Failure to maintain these requirements will result in a student being dropped from the major. Reentry to the major is by petition only.
- A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all biology, chemistry, biochemistry, math, and physics courses required for the major must be maintained.
- A student must complete each BIOC, BIOL, or CHEM course with a C- or higher for the course to meet a degree requirement in the Department of Biology or Chemistry.
- Any single class within the major can only be taken two times at APU; students must change to a major outside the department after two unsuccessful attempts in a single required course.
- Only two courses total within the major can be repeated; students must change to a major outside the department after unsuccessful attempts in any three required classes.
- All majors are required to take BIOL 496 to meet their General Education Senior Seminar or Writing 3 requirement.
- While courses required of the major may be taken at other accredited institutions, subject to approval via a transfer inquiry form, both lecture and laboratory components must be taken at the same institution in the same semester.
- It is strongly recommended that freshmen in all biology majors (including biochemistry) take General Chemistry I (CHEM 151) and General Biology I (BIOL 151) the first year, and that chemistry majors start with General Chemistry I (CHEM 151) and Calculus I (MATH 161) the first year. Should math placement assessment require algebra of the student, then that class should be taken the first year and a five-year program may be indicated.
- BIOL 151 should be taken by allied health, biochemistry, or biology majors who receive AP biology credit. Many medical schools and graduate programs will not accept AP biology to meet requirements for admission. AP credit for BIOL 151 will only be given with approval of the chair of the Department of Biology and Chemistry.
- Students may take a maximum of 3 units total from BIOL 390, BIOL 391, BIOL 490, BIOL 497, or BIOL 498 for elective credit toward the B.S. in Allied Health or the B.S. in Biology (molecular or organismal emphasis).
The following courses may not be taken to meet upper-division elective requirements in any major in the department:
|BIOL 325||Humans and the Environment||4|
|BIOL 330||Gender Differences||3|
|BIOL 400||Science and Children||4|
|BIOL 470||Science for the MCAT||1|