Pre Med Classes

7139
Bachelor of Science
Classroom
No
Undergraduate
Main Campus - Melbourne
Major Code: 7139 Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science
Age Restriction: N Admission status: undergraduate
Delivery Mode/s: classroom only Location/s: main campus

The premedical major offers the courses needed to meet the entrance requirements of essentially all schools of medicine, dentistry, osteopathic medicine, podiatry and optometry. The premedical advisor organizes a premedical evaluation committee to provide evaluation letters for students applying to medical school. Premedical physics majors have very high acceptance rates into medical and professional schools. Note this program is also an excellent choice for the student interested in a prelaw curriculum.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Physics - Premedical Physics must complete the course requirements listed in the following curriculum. Because the subject matter of general physics forms a critically important foundation for all advanced physics courses, the minimum grade for satisfying the prerequisite requirements for a physics major is a grade of C for each of the following courses: PHY 1001, PHY 2002, PHY 2003, PHY 2091 and PHY 2092.

Freshman Year
Fall (17 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • ASC 1000 University Experience
    Credit Hours: 1
    Helps first-year students adjust to the university and acquire essential academic survival skills (classroom behavior, academic honesty, study skills, etc.) that enhance academic and social integration into college.
  • BIO 1010 Biological Discovery 1
    *
    Credit Hours: 4
    The first of a two-semester sequence on the scientific approach to biology. Emphasizes the scientific method, analytical techniques, use of original source materials, ethical questions in biology, historical perspectives of the development of biological theory and profiles of prominent figures in biology.
  • CHM 1101 General Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Covers fundamental principles of modern chemistry, including stoichiometry, properties of gases, liquids and solids, thermochemistry, atomic structure, properties of solutions and equilibrium. Includes lab component.
  • COM 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
    Credit Hours: 3
    The first of two courses in college-level writing skills. Focuses on writing essays using various rhetorical modes: persuasion, description, comparison and analysis. Presents basic methods of library research, as well as the MLA documentation system. Students write one research paper and several essays.
    Requirement(s):
    Passing grade on placement exam or prerequisite course
  • MTH 1001 Calculus 1
    *
    Credit Hours: 4
    Functions and graphs, limits and continuity, derivatives of algebraic and trigonometric functions, chain rule; applications to maxima and minima, and to related rates. Exponential logarithmic, circular and hyperbolic functions: their inverses, derivatives and integrals.
    Requirement(s):
    High school algebra and trigonometry, and a passing score on the placement test, or prerequisite course
  • PHY 1050 Physics and Space Science Seminar
    Credit Hours: 1
    Introduces some of the major contemporary problems and research areas in physics and space sciences.
    Requirement(s):
    Must be enrolled in a phsycs or space sciences program.
Spring (17 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • BIO 1020 Biological Discovery 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    The second of a two-semester sequence on the scientific approach to biology. Continues an integrated approach to the study of the hierarchal structure and function of living systems, including the origin and history of life on Earth.
  • CHM 1102 General Chemistry 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    Continues . Covers acids and bases, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, kinetics, descriptive chemistry of metals and nonmetals, coordination chemistry, nuclear chemistry. Introduces organic chemistry. Includes lab component.
  • MTH 1002 Calculus 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    Integration and applications of integration, further techniques of integration, improper integrals, limits, l'Hospital's rule, sequences and series, numerical methods, polar coordinates and introductory differential equations.
  • PHY 1001 Physics 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Includes vectors; mechanics of particles; Newton's laws of motion; work, energy and power; impulse and momentum; conservation laws; mechanics of rigid bodies, rotation, equilibrium; fluids, heat and thermodynamics; and periodic motion.
  • PHY 2091 Physics Laboratory 1
    Credit Hours: 1
    Experiments to elucidate concepts and relationships presented in , to develop understanding of the inductive approach and the significance of a physical measurement, and to provide some practice in experimental techniques and methods.
Sophomore Year
Fall (17 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • CHM 2001 Organic Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the fundamentals of structure and reaction mechanisms. Includes a review of bonding, preparations and reactions of organic substances.
  • CHM 2011 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
    Credit Hours: 2
    Introduces organic chemistry techniques for lab operations. Includes preparation, reaction and analysis of organic compounds.
  • COM 1102 Writing About Literature
    Credit Hours: 3
    The second of two courses in college-level writing skills. Focuses on reading and analyzing poems, plays and short works of fiction. Students write several essays and one research paper on literary topics.
  • MTH 2001 Calculus 3
    Credit Hours: 4
    Cylindrical and spherical coordinates, vectors, functions of several variables, partial derivatives and extrema, multiple integral, vector integral calculus.
  • PHY 2002 Physics 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    Includes electricity and magnetism, Coulomb's law, electric fields, potential capacitance, resistance, DC circuits, magnetic fields, fields due to currents, induction, magnetic properties; and wave motion, vibration and sound, interference and diffraction.
  • PHY 2092 Physics Laboratory 2
    Credit Hours: 1
    Continues . Includes experiments pertaining to .
Spring (15 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • CHM 2002 Organic Chemistry 2
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the fundamentals of structure and reaction mechanisms. Includes a review of bonding, preparations and reactions of organic substances.
  • CHM 2012 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2
    Credit Hours: 2
    Continues . Introduces organic chemistry techniques for lab operations. Includes preparation, reaction and analysis of organic compounds.
  • COM 2223 Scientific and Technical Communication
    Credit Hours: 3
    Practice in the technical and scientific writing style and format, including gathering and using data to prepare reports. Includes abstracts, reports, letters, technical descriptions, proposals and at least two oral presentations.
  • MTH 2201 Differential Equations/Linear Algebra
    Credit Hours: 4
    First-order differential equations, linear differential equations with constant coefficients, first-order systems of differential equations with constant coefficients, numerical methods, Laplace transforms, series solutions, algebraic systems of equations, matrices, determinants, vector spaces, eigenvalues and eigenvectors.
  • PHY 2003 Modern Physics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes quantum mechanics of atoms, molecules, nuclei, solids and fundamental particles. Planck and de Broglie's laws, the Bohr model of hydrogen, elementary examples of Schroedinger's equation, relativity, elementary particles and symmetry, quantum electrodynamics and chromodynamics.
Junior Year
Fall (18 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • HUM 2051 Civilization 1: Ancient Through Medieval
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces civilization from its early development to the European Renaissance. Emphasizes the interpretation of primary texts that reflect the intellectual and historical changes in society. The first of two interdisciplinary courses.
  • MTH 3210 Introduction to Partial Differential Equations and Applications
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes heat, wave and Laplace equations, initial and boundary value problems of mathematical physics and Fourier series. Also covers Dirichlet problem and potential theory, Dalambert's solutions for wave equation, Fourier and Laplace transforms, and Poisson integral formula. Also includes PDEs in higher dimensions and special functions of mathematical physics.
  • PHY 3011 Physical Mechanics
    Credit Hours: 4
    Fundamental principles of mechanics and applications in physics. Includes Newton's Laws, equations of motion, types of forces, conservation laws, potential functions, Euler and Lagrange equations and Hamilton's Principle.
  • PHY 3060 Thermodynamics, Kinetic Theory and Statistical Mechanics
    Credit Hours: 4
    Includes temperature, heat and heat engines, work, internal energy, entropy, laws of thermodynamics, thermodynamic potentials, equations of state, phase changes, viscosity, thermal conductivity, diffusion, Boltzmann, Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein statistics and partition functions.
  • Technical Elective Credit Hours: 4
Spring (17 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • CSE 1502 Introduction to Software Development With C++
    Credit Hours: 3
    Focuses on the stages of software development and practice in using C++. Includes requirement analysis, design and implementation methods, testing procedures and an introduction to certifying program correctness.
    Requirement(s):
    For majors other than computer science. CS majors may only use as Free Elective.
  • PHY 3035 Quantum Mechanics
    Credit Hours: 4
    Schrodinger equation, the uncertainty principle, one-dimensional potentials, harmonic oscillator, operator methods, tunneling, angular momentum and spin. Discusses three-dimensional problems, such as one-electron atom and N-particle systems. Introduces approximation techniques, including perturbation theory.
  • PHY 3440 Electromagnetic Theory
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes geometry of static electric and magnetic fields, electric charges and currents, calculating electric and magnetic fields from potentials, static electric and magnetic fields inside matter, Faraday's Law of Induction and Maxwell's Equations, and propagation and radiation of electromagnetic waves.
  • Humanities Core Course Credit Hours: 3
  • Technical Elective Credit Hours: 4
Senior Year
Fall (13 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • PHY 4200 Senior Seminar 1
    Credit Hours: 1
    Reports and discussions on selected topics in contemporary experimental and theoretical physics and space sciences.
    Requirement(s):
    Student must be within three semesters of graduation
  • Humanities Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective (PHY 4xxx) Credit Hours: 3
  • Technical Electives Credit Hours: 6
Spring (14 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • PHY 4210 Senior Seminar 2
    Credit Hours: 1
    Reports and discussions on selected topics in contemporary experimental and theoretical physics and space sciences.
    Requirement(s):
    Student must be within three semesters of graduation
  • Social Science Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Technical Electives Credit Hours: 10
Total Credits Required: 128

*Students will be block registered into Biological Discovery 1 (BIO 1010). Students who place into Calculus 2 (MTH 1002) are encouraged to take Physics 1 (PHY 1001) in the first semester and BIO 1010 later in the program.

Technical Electives
Choose From:
  • BIO 2110 General Genetics
    (recommended for fall of junior year)
    Credit Hours: 4
    The fundamentals of genetics from Mendel to modern day. Emphasizes the transmission of genetic material, the molecular nature of heredity and the heredity of populations. In the lab, students perform genetic analyses with online bioinformatics software and hands-on with DNA purified from several sources.
  • BIO 3210 Mammalian Physiology
    Credit Hours: 4
    Introduces the study of bodily functions. Emphasizes biophysical principles and control systems to explain organ system function and the maintenance of homeostasis.
  • BIO 4010 Biochemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Introduces the structure and properties of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids. Includes lectures and labs involving intermediary metabolism, properties of enzymes, bioenergetics including oxidative phosphorylation and photosynthesis.
  • BIO 4110 Biochemistry 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    Lectures and labs involving the metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids and nitrogenous compounds including amino acids, proteins and nucleic acids. Discusses in detail the regulation of metabolism, biosynthesis of macromolecules and control of gene expression.
  • BIO 4301 Cell Biology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Emphasizes the interdependence of three systems: a membrane-cytoskeletal system, a system that directs genetic information into synthesis of cell constituents; and a system integrated into membranes that converts energy, supplied to cells as nutrients or light, into cell function and cell synthesis.
  • BIO 4550 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
    Credit Hours: 4
    Lectures and labs examine the comparative anatomy of higher animals. Emphasizes the evolutionary trends of the vertebrates.
  • CHM 3301 Analytical Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Focuses on the principles of modern analytical methods. Includes chemical separation and quantitative measurements, important equilibrium considerations and the treatment of experimental data.
  • CHM 3311 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory 1
    Credit Hours: 2
    Students conduct experiments in quantitative analytical techniques.
  • Any 3000- or 4000-level PHY course Credit Hours: 2

As the department has deemed some technical electives more important than others, students should discuss all technical elective course choices with their advisor before registration.