Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

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

If you are a Liberal Studies student, please click here for your Curriculum Guide.

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

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

Summary*

Rock Studies Requirements45
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major/Concentration 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.

Rock Studies Requirements

The Rock
SUBJ 139University Seminar 13
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
MATH 225Calculus I4
Select one of the following:3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Subtotal16
Integrated Inquiry
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Humanities Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Social Science Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Natural Sciences Inquiry
CHEM 107General Chemistry I3
CHEM 111General Chemistry I Lab1
Physical Sciences Inquiry
PHYS 211General Physics I with Lab4
Subtotal17
Thematic Thread
Select 12 Credits 212
Total Hours45

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
Field Test required of all Biology students before graduation
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

Select two of the following:
Principles of Sociology
Introduction to Anthropology
Philosophical Inquiry
Medical/Health Care Ethics
PSYC XXX
Any PSYC Course

Co-curricular and Experiential Learning

Students are encouraged to explore additional curricular and co-curricular opportunities. There is a strong correlation between long-term student success and participation in the following types of programs and activities:

  1. Volunteering
  2. Job Shadowing

BIOLOGY - PROFESSIONAL - BS (6108)
LECOM Pre-Osteopath (3+4) (61LE)
This program is effective as of Fall 2019.
Revised 6.20.2020
UCC 2.5.2019

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

Recommended Rock Studies Three-Year Plan

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallHours
ENGL 102 Critical Writing 3
BIOL 104 Principles of Biology with Lab 4
CHEM 107 General Chemistry I 3
CHEM 111 General Chemistry I Lab 1
SUBJ 139University Seminar 1 3
INDS 101 FYRST Seminar 1
 Hours15
Spring
ENGL 104 Critical Reading 3
200-level Core Course 2 4
CHEM 108 General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 112 General Chemistry II Lab 1
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry 3
Humanities Inquiry 3
 Hours17
Second Year
Fall
Select one of the following: 3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice  
Ethics and Civil Discourse  
Civil Discourse and Democracy  
200-level Core Course 2 4
CHEM 201 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 1
PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology 3
Thematic Thread (#1) 3
 Hours17
Spring
Behavioral Science 3
200-level Core Course 2 4
CHEM 202 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 212 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II 1
MATH 225 Calculus I 4
 Hours15
Third Year
Fall
CHEM 335 Biochemistry I 3
BIOL 340 Vertebrate Anatomy with Lab 3
BIOL 410 Animal Physiology with Lab 3
PHYS 211 General Physics I with Lab 4
Thematic Thread (#2) 3
 Hours16
Spring
BIOL 330 Microbiology/Lab 3
PHYS 213 General Physics III/ Lab 4
Thematic Thread (#3) 3
Thematic Thread (#4) 3
Free Elective 3
 Hours16
Fourth Year
Fall
LECOM Osteopathic School  
 Hours0
Spring
LECOM Osteopathic School  
 Hours0
 Total Hours**96

Major Code: 6108
Concentration Code: 61LE
Revised date: 9-2019

** This document is meant to serve as a guide. Some planners may show more than 120 credits because faculty have created flexibility in choosing courses.  However, only 120 credits are required to obtain a degree. Please consult with your academic adviser and refer to your curriculum guide prior to registering for courses. This plan should be reviewed, and verified, by you and your academic adviser at least once each academic year.