Academic Catalog 2022-2023

Slippery Rock University

Biology, Bachelor of Science (BS) - Concentration in Professional / Pre-Physician Assistant (SRU) (3+2)

Biology Program Learning Outcomes

  • Competence in Laboratory and Research Skills: To conduct, assess, and communicate research investigations using established scientific practices.
  • Core Concepts for Biological Literacy:
    • Knowledge/Content:
      • Evolution
      • Structure and function across all levels of biological organization
      • Diversity and interactions of life
      • Information flow, exchange and storage in biological systems
    • Critical Thinking/Problem Solving:
      • Connect information from cognate science courses and liberal arts courses to biological concepts
      • Apply scientific information to current and future societal problems
  • Participation in Diverse, Enriching Scientific Activities:   Apply technical and professional skills in hands-on laboratory, clinical or field experiences. 
  • Professional Attitude: Graduates demonstrate professional attitude, behavior, and ability to interact with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures. 
  •  

What are your options?

Pre-Physician Assistant SRU 3+2: Earn a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies in five years rather than six. In the first three years, you complete your major courses and pre-requisites for the SRU PA program. At the end of your second year, you apply for admission into the SRU PA program. If accepted, your first year in the SRU PA program meets the remaining requirements for your undergraduate degree. If not accepted, you continue to complete your undergraduate degree and can reapply to the program. The accelerated option is for incoming freshmen only.

Pre-Physician Assistant (SRU Traditional): Complete the requirements for your major and the pre-requisites for the SRU PA program and apply to the SRU PA program in your senior year.

Related Links

Biology - Pre-Physician Assistant, BS Program Page

Biology Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

1st Major: Biology

  • Overall GPA: 2.00 or higher
  • Major GPA (only includes Biology courses): 2.00 or higher

2nd Major: Pre-PA SRU 3+2 Biology

  • Overall GPA: 3.25 or higher

Summary*

Rock Studies 2 Requirements45
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major Requirements41
Natural Science and Math College-Wide Requirements12
Electives34

* 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.

Rock Studies 2 Requirements

The Rock
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 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
Social Science Inquiry3
Natural Sciences Inquiry
CHEM 107General Chemistry I3
CHEM 111General Chemistry I Lab1
Physical Sciences Inquiry
PHYS 201Elements of Physics I with Lab4
or PHYS 216 University Physics 1 with Lab
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

DIVERSITY,  EQUITY,  AND INCLUSION REQUIREMENT

Students must take and pass a course with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) designation prior to graduation.  Students can meet this requirement by taking any DEI - designated course in any program at any time during their undergraduate career. 

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 must earn a "C" or better in both Biology I with Lab (BIOL 113) and Biology II with Lab (BIOL 114) before proceeding to their next biology course.
  • Students must earn a "C" or better in both Genetics with Lab BIOL 250) and Biometry with Lab (BIOL 325) prior to graduating.
  • If you choose to pursue Pre-Physician Assistant SRU 3+2 Biology and are not accepted into the PA program, then additional coursework is required to complete a first major of Biology-Professional. Please refer to the Biology-Professional Curriculum Guide.
  • To view the SRU policy on senior undergraduate students earning graduate credit, click here.
Biology Core Requirements
BIOL 113Biology I: Foundations of Ecology, Evolution and Diversity with Lab4
BIOL 114Biology II: Foundations of Molecules, Genes and Cells with Lab4
BIOL 250Genetics with Lab4
BIOL 325Biometry with Lab3
Subtotal15
Required Upper-Level Biology
BIOL 330Microbiology/Lab3
BIOL 492Biology Seminar1
Subtotal4
Upper Division Elective Courses
Select two of the following:6
Cell Biology/Lab
Vertebrate Anatomy with Lab
Molecular Biology with Lab
Animal Physiology with Lab
Subtotal6
Required Courses from other Departments
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
PHYS 202Elements of Physics II/ Lab4
or PHYS 217 University Physics 2 with Lab
Subtotal16
Major Field Test
Field Test required of all Biology students before graduation
Total Hours41

Natural Science and Math College-Wide Requirements

CHEM 107General Chemistry I3
CHEM 111General Chemistry I Lab1
MATH 125Precalculus4
or MATH 225 Calculus I
PHYS 201Elements of Physics I with Lab4
or PHYS 216 University Physics 1 with Lab

Additional Physician Assistant Prerequisite Course

BIOL 216Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab3
BIOL 217Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab3
EXSC 250Medical Terminology3
or HCAM 250 Medical Terminology for Healthcare Administrators
PSYC 105Introduction to Psychology3

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

Physician Assistant Studies (Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies)
Prerequisite Admission Requirements – Pre- Physician Assistant 3+2

For Application Requirements

Please refer to Slippery Rock University’s Physician Assistant Studies (Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies) website for requirements:http://www.sru.edu/pa

Rock Studies 2

Prerequisite Courses - SRU Physician Assistant
BIOL 114Biology II: Foundations of Molecules, Genes and Cells with Lab4
BIOL 210Medical Microbiology with Lab3
or BIOL 330 Microbiology/Lab
BIOL 2094
BIOL 3094
BIOL 250Genetics with Lab4
CHEM 107
CHEM 111
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
4
CHEM 108
CHEM 112
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
4
CHEM 201Organic Chemistry I3
EXSC 250Medical Terminology3
or HCAM 250 Medical Terminology for Healthcare Administrators
PSYC 105Introduction to Psychology3
Inferential Statistics Course 13
Total Hours39

Pre-Physician Assistant SRU 3+2 Requirements

If any of these requirements are not met, the 3+2 designation will be removed from the student’s record:

  1. A 3.25 or higher overall GPA must be maintained by the student.
  2. The student can only be enrolled in the Pre-Physician Assistant SRU 3+2 program for a maximum of three (3) years, full-time continuous enrollment (fall/spring).

Provision

Should a Pre-Physician Assistant SRU 3+2 student be unsuccessful in completing the 1st two semesters (summer or fall) of the Physician Assistant Program and wants to complete the original undergraduate degree, it is solely up to the discretion of the undergraduate program Department Chair to determine which, if any, Physician Assistant courses will count toward the completion of his/her undergraduate degree. In addition, students must complete any unfulfilled requirements of their undergraduate major. Students may still apply to the Physician Assistant Studies Program with an earned Bachelor’s degree.

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 (6108)
PRE-PA SRU 3+2 (6SPB)
This program is effective as of Summer 2022
Revised 04.20.2022
UCC 02.01.2022 

Recommended Three-Year Plan

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallHours
BIOL 113 Biology I: Foundations of Ecology, Evolution and Diversity with Lab 4
CHEM 107 General Chemistry I 3
CHEM 111 General Chemistry I Lab 1
ENGL 102 Critical Writing 3
ESAP 101 FYRST Seminar * 1
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 1 3
 Hours15
Spring
ENGL 104 Critical Reading 3
BIOL 114 Biology II: Foundations of Molecules, Genes and Cells with Lab 4
CHEM 108 General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 112 General Chemistry II Lab 1
Creative & 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  
PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology 3
Social Science Inquiry 3
BIOL 250 Genetics with Lab 4
CHEM 201 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 1
 Hours17
Spring
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
BIOL 325 Biometry with Lab 3
BIOL 330 Microbiology/Lab 3
CHEM 202 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 212 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II 1
 Hours16
Third Year
Fall
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
BIOL 216 Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab 3
BIOL 492 Biology Seminar 1
PHYS 201
Elements of Physics I with Lab
or University Physics 1 with Lab
4
MATH 225
Calculus I
or Precalculus
4
 Hours15
Spring
BIOL 217 Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab 3
BIOL 300+ Upper Level BIOL Elective 3
BIOL 300+ Upper Level BIOL Elective 3
EXSC 250
Medical Terminology
or Medical Terminology for Healthcare Administrators
3
PHYS 202
Elements of Physics II/ Lab
or University Physics 2 with Lab
4
 Hours16
Fourth Year
Fall
PA Program Didactic  
 Hours0
Spring
PA Program Didactic  
 Hours0
 Total Hours**96

** 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. 

Major Code: 6108
Concentration Code: 6SPB
Revised Date: 04.21.22