B.S. in Biology and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Articulation

Applications for the Biol-2-Med Articulation Program with Western University are due each year by 5:00 pm Friday of the second week of classes, winter quarter. Contact the Biology Department office or Dr. Stuart Sumida for further information on the program.

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Program Requirements (116-121 units); Total units required for graduation: 186

An articulation program that guarantees admission to the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Program at Western University of Health Sciences is available on a competitive basis to a limited number of students. Biology majors may apply for admission to the program after completing Biology 200, 201 and 202 at CSUSB. Applicants will be screened by a joint committee from CSUSB and Western University of Health Sciences, and up to four students will be admitted annually. Candidates of the program who maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.3 in the required courses for the major, take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), and complete the specified course work will: 1) satisfy the requirements for the B.S. in Biology and 2) have a position reserved for them in the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program at Western University of Health Sciences for the year following completion of the B.S. degree. Additional information regarding application and admission to the program is available in the Biology Department Office.

Requirements for the B.S. in Biology and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Articulation Program:

Lower-division courses (56-61 units)

  1. BIOL 200. Biology of the Cell (5)
  2. BIOL 201. Biology of Organisms (5)
  3. BIOL 202. Biology of Populations (5)
  4. CHEM 215. General Chemistry I: Atomic Structure and Chemical Bonding (6)
  5. CHEM 216. General Chemistry II: Principles of Chemical Reactions (6)
  6. Organic Chemistry
    • A minimum of nine units chosen from Group A or B below:
    • Group A
      • CHEM 221A. Organic Chemistry I: Lecture (3)
      • CHEM 221B. Organic Chemistry I: Laboratory (1)
      • CHEM 222A. Organic Chemistry II: Lecture (3)
      • CHEM 222B. Organic Chemistry II: Laboratory (1)
      • CHEM 223A. Organic Chemistry III: Lecture (3)
      • CHEM 223B. Organic Chemistry III: Laboratory (1)
    • Group B
      • CHEM 321. Principles of Organic Chemistry I (5)
      • CHEM 322. Principles of Organic Chemistry II (5)
      • CHEM 323. Principles of Organic Chemistry III (5)
    • Note: The requirement in organic chemistry may be met by the completion of one year of transferable organic chemistry course work from another institution of higher education.
  7. Four units chosen from:
    • MATH 192. Methods of Calculus (4)
    • MATH 211. Basic Concepts of Calculus (4)
  8. Physics
    • A minimum of thirteen units chosen from Group A or B below:
    • Group A
      • PHYS 121. Basic Concepts of Physics I (5)
      • PHYS 122. Basic Concepts of Physics II (4)
      • PHYS 123. Basic Concepts of Physics III (4)
    • Group B
      • PHYS 221. General Physics I (5)
      • PHYS 222. General Physics II (5)
      • PHYS 223. General Physics III (5)

Upper-division requirements (60 units)

  1. BIOL 300. Cell Physiology (5)
  2. BIOL 320. Microorganisms (6)
  3. BIOL 323. Human Anatomy for Biology Majors (6)
  4. BIOL 324. Human Physiology for Biology Majors (6)
  5. BIOL 354. Biology of Higher Plants (6)
  6. BIOL 400. Molecular Biology (5)
  7. BIOL 423. Genetics (5)
  8. BIOL 424. Comparative Animal Physiology (6)
  9. Five units chosen from:
  10. CHEM 436A. Biochemistry I: Lecture (4)
  11. CHEM 437A. Biochemistry II: Lecture (3)
  12. CHEM 438A. Biochemistry III: Lecture (3)

Other courses which may be use for preparation for the program include: