Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Biology, Bachelor of Science (BS) - Concentration in Professional / Pre-Osteopathy (LECOM) (3+4) - Liberal Studies

Under this joint agreement between Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) and Slippery Rock University (SRU), select undergraduate students who have successfully completed specific course work at SRU may continue their education in osteopathic medicine at LECOM.  For this program, students complete three years of undergraduate education at SRU and then complete their four years of medical school education at LECOM and its associated clinical sites.  Slippery Rock University will confer the Bachelor of Science degree in Biology to Slippery Rock students who have successfully completed the Slippery Rock courses at SRU and the first four semesters (pre-clinical) of LECOM’s Academic curriculum.

For more information on admission requirements: https://lecom.edu/admissions/entrance-requirements/early-acceptance-programs/

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Critical Thinking/Problem Solving: Respective program graduates should demonstrate synthetic, analytical, and interpretive skills.  
  • Knowledge/Content: Graduates should demonstrate that they are founded in the discipline at the molecular, cellular, organismal, population, community, and ecosystem levels and that they have a fundamental understanding of chemistry, physics, and mathematics. 
  • Practical Skills: Graduates will demonstrate proficiency in laboratory related skills.
  • Communication Skills: Respective program graduates should demonstrate strong oral, digital, and written communication skills.
  • Professional Attitude: Graduates demonstrate professional attitude, behavior, and ability to interact with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Degree Program Writing Competency: Graduates will demonstrate proficiency in writing based on longitudinal data as opposed to point in time data.

Related Links

Biology - LECOM Pre-Osteopathy 3+4, BS Program Page

Biology Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Overall GPA: 3.4 or higher
Science GPA: 3.2 or higher
Core GPA: 2.0 or higher

Summary*

Liberal Studies Requirements45-46
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
LECOM Requirements44
Natural Science and Math College-Wide Requirements12
Electives19

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits. Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate. However, because this is a pre-professional program, credits taken during the 1st year of the graduate program are applied toward the undergraduate credit hours to meet the 120 credits required for your undergraduate degree.

Liberal Studies Requirements

See Liberal Studies Guide for Goal and Enrichment choices

Goal Course Requirements
Complete Goal requirements as indicated below
Basic Requirements
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
COMM 200Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice3
The Arts
Goal3
Global Community
Goal–Non-US3
Goal–Non-US3
Goal–US3
Human Institutions/Interpersonal Relationships
Goal3
Science, Technology & Math
Select 9-10 credits of the following:9-10
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry I Lab
Calculus I
General Physics I with Lab
Challenges of the Modern Age
Goal3
Subtotal36-37
Enrichment Course Requirements
Select one course from three of the following Enrichment Areas:9
Subtotal9
Total Hours45-46

Note

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3

Major Requirements

  • Students desiring a Biology Major must maintain at least a 2.000 average in Biology.
  • Before progressing to a 200-level course, students must achieve a 2.000 average in Principles of Biology - BIOL 104.
  • Students may register in 200-level courses in any order, but must maintain a Biology average of 2.000 or better and must complete the 200 core sequence before progressing to 300 and 400-level courses in the major.
  • A student must repeat any 200-level course that brings the Biology average below a 2.000.
  • Students should complete all 200-level Biology requirements by the end of their sophomore year.
Biology Core Requirements
BIOL 104Principles of Biology with Lab 14
BIOL 201General Botany with Lab 14
BIOL 212General Zoology with Lab 14
BIOL 250Genetics with Lab 14
Subtotal16
Required Upper-Level Biology
BIOL 330Microbiology/Lab3
BIOL 340Vertebrate Anatomy with Lab3
BIOL 410Animal Physiology with Lab3
Subtotal9
Required Chemistry Courses
CHEM 108General Chemistry II3
CHEM 112General Chemistry II Lab1
CHEM 201Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 202Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 211Organic Chemistry Laboratory I1
CHEM 212Organic Chemistry Laboratory II1
CHEM 335Biochemistry I3
Subtotal15
Required Physics Course
PHYS 213General Physics III/ Lab4
Major Field Test
Required of all Biology students before graduation
Field Test
Total Hours44

Natural Science and Math College-Wide Requirements

CHEM 107General Chemistry I3
CHEM 111General Chemistry I Lab1
MATH 225Calculus I4
PHYS 211General Physics I with Lab4

Additional LECOM Osteopathic Prerequisites

Behavioral Science Class (See My Rock Audit for options)

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

BIOLOGY - BS (61LE)
LECOM Pre-Osteopath (3+4)
This program is effective as of Fall 2003.
Revised 08-2018