Bachelor of Science in Biology and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Articulation

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 BIOL 200, BIOL 201 and BIOL 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.

Students majoring in Biology may repeat an upper-division Biology course no more than once. Failing any two upper-division Biology courses disqualifies the student from continuation as a Biology major.

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

Lower-division courses (56-61)
BIOL 200Biology of the Cell5
BIOL 201Biology of Organisms5
BIOL 202Biology of Populations5
CHEM 215General Chemistry I: Atomic Structure and Chemical Bonding6
CHEM 216General Chemistry II: Principles of Chemical Reactions6
Organic Chemistry
A minimum of twelve units, chosen from Group A or B below:12-15
Group A:
Organic Chemistry I Lecture
Organic Chemistry I Lab
Organic Chemistry II Lecture
Organic Chemistry II Lab
Organic Chemistry III Lecture
Organic Chemistry III Lab
Group B:
Principles of Organic Chemistry I
Principles of Organic Chemistry II
Principles of Organic Chemistry III
MATH 192Methods of Calculus4
or MATH 211 Basic Concepts of Calculus
A minimum of thirteen units, chosen from Group A or B below:13-15
Group A:
Basic Concepts of Physics I
Basic Concepts of Physics II
Basic Concepts of Physics III
Group B:
General Physics I
General Physics II
General Physics III
Upper-division requirements (60)
BIOL 300Cell Physiology5
BIOL 320Microorganisms6
or BIOL 420 Medical Microbiology
BIOL 323Human Anatomy for Biology Majors6
BIOL 324Human Physiology for Biology Majors6
BIOL 354Biology of Higher Plants6
BIOL 400Molecular Biology5
BIOL 423Genetics5
BIOL 424Comparative Animal Physiology6
BIOL 450Ecology5
or BIOL 455 Marine Biology and Ecology
CHEM 436ABiochemistry I4
CHEM 437ABiochemistry II3
CHEM 438ABiochemistry III3
Other courses which may be use for preparation for the program include:
Biology of Chordates
Parasitology
Medical and Economic Botany
Virology
Immunology
Endocrinology
Neurobiology
Total Units116-121