Biology, Bachelor of Science (BS) - Concentration in Professional / Pre-Physical Therapy (SRU) (3+3) - Liberal Studies
Biology 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.
What are your options?
Pre-Physical Therapy SRU 3+3: Earn a Doctor of Physical Therapy in six years rather than seven. In the first three years, you complete your major courses and pre-requisites for the SRU DPT program. During your third undergraduate year, you apply for admission into the SRU DPT program. If accepted, your first year in the SRU DPT 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-Physical Therapy (SRU Traditional): Complete the requirements for your major and the pre-requisites for the SRU DPT program and apply to the SRU DPT program in your senior year.
GPA Requirement - Biology
Major GPA: 2.0 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.0 or higher
Core GPA: 2.0 or higher
|Liberal Studies Requirements||45-46|
|Other Basic Requirements||0-3|
* 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|
|ENGL 102||Critical Writing||3|
|ENGL 104||Critical Reading||3|
|COMM 200||Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice||3|
|Human Institutions/Interpersonal Relationships|
|Science, Technology & Math|
|Select 9-10 credits of the following:||9-10|
|General Chemistry I|
|General Chemistry I Lab|
|General Physics I with Lab|
|Challenges of the Modern Age|
|Enrichment Course Requirements|
|Select one course from three of the following Enrichment Areas:||9|
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
|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|
|Introduction to Computing and Programming|
|Technology for Wellness|
- 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.
- If you choose to pursue Pre-Physical Therapy SRU 3+3 Biology and are not accepted into the DPT program, then additional coursework is required to complete a first major of Biology-Professional. Please refer to the Biology-Professional Curriculum Guide.
- If you have questions about Financial Aid, visit their website.
- To view the SRU policy on senior undergraduate students earning graduate credit, click here.
|Biology Core Requirements|
|BIOL 104||Principles of Biology with Lab 1||4|
|BIOL 201||General Botany with Lab 1||4|
|BIOL 212||General Zoology with Lab 1||4|
|BIOL 250||Genetics with Lab 1||4|
|Required Upper-Level Biology|
|BIOL 340||Vertebrate Anatomy with Lab||3|
|BIOL 410||Animal Physiology with Lab||3|
|Related Sciences – Chemistry|
|CHEM 201||Organic Chemistry I||3|
|CHEM 202||Organic Chemistry II||3|
|CHEM 211||Organic Chemistry Laboratory I||1|
|CHEM 212||Organic Chemistry Laboratory II||1|
|CHEM 335||Biochemistry I||3|
|SRU DPT Program Requirements|
|CHEM 108||General Chemistry II||3|
|CHEM 112||General Chemistry II Lab||1|
|PHYS 213||General Physics III/ Lab||4|
|BIOL 325||Biometry with Lab||3|
|Major Field Test|
|Required of all Biology students before graduation|
Some courses may require pre-requisites. Please see course descriptions to determine if there are any pre-requisites for that specific course.
Physical Therapy Prerequisite Admissions Requirements
|CHEM 107||General Chemistry I||3|
|CHEM 111||General Chemistry I Lab||1|
|MATH 225||Calculus I||4|
|PHYS 211||General Physics I with Lab||4|
3+3 Requirements for All Majors
- A 3.0 or higher GPA is required to remain in the 3+3 program.
- You may not have more than one “W” in a required course.
- You can only be in the 3+3 program for maximum of three (3) years full-time continuous enrollment. If any of these requirements are not met, the 3+3 designation will be removed from your record.
- Should 3+3 Physical Therapy students be unsuccessful in completing the 1st year (either Fall and/or Spring semesters) of the DPT program and want to complete their original undergraduate degree, it is solely up to the discretion of their undergraduate program coordinator to determine which, if any, physical therapy courses will count toward the completion of their undergraduate degree. In addition, students must complete any unfulfilled requirements of his/her undergraduate major.
Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
Prerequisite Admission Requirements – Pre-Physical Therapy SRU 3+3
For Application Requirements
Please refer to Slippery Rock University’s Physical Therapy (Doctor of Physical Therapy) website for requirements: www.sru.edu/PT
Liberal Studies and Rock Studies
|Prerequisite Courses - SRU Physical Therapy|
|Select one of the following:||6|
|Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab|
and Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab
|Vertebrate Anatomy with Lab|
and Animal Physiology with Lab
& CHEM 111
|General Chemistry I|
and General Chemistry I Lab
& CHEM 112
|General Chemistry II|
and General Chemistry II Lab
|Select one of the following:||8|
|Elements of Physics I with Lab|
and Elements of Physics II/ Lab
|General Physics I with Lab|
and General Physics III/ Lab
|STAT 152||Elementary Statistics I||3|
|or BIOL 325||Biometry with Lab|
|PSYC 105||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|Additional Psychology Course 1||3|
See My Rock Audit for specific courses.
Requirements for Pre-Physical Therapy SRU 3+3
If any of these requirements are not met, the 3+3 designation will be removed from the student’s record:
- A 3.0 or higher overall GPA must be maintained by the student.
- The student can only be enrolled in the Pre-Physical Therapy SRU 3+3 program for a maximum of three (3) years, full-time continuous enrollment (fall/spring).
Should a Pre-Physical Therapy SRU 3+3 student be unsuccessful in completing the 1st two semesters (fall or spring) of the Doctor of Physical Therapy 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, Physical Therapy 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 Doctor of Physical Therapy 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 Physical Therapy (61P8)
This program is effective as of Fall 2003