Biology, BS: Pre-Professional

Campus: NYC, Westchester


Pace University offers qualified students an opportunity to earn a Pace undergraduate degree in Biology and a professional degree from another educational institution (see list below) in a shorter period of time than by pursuing these degrees separately.  Pace students generally follow the standard BS in Biology General Biology track but with appropriate modifications, particularly in required electives.  Undergraduates generally follow the standard Biology, BS track in General Biology track but with appropriate modifications, particularly in required electives. 

Note: For acceptance into an available accelerated dual-degree undergraduate school/graduate school program, undergraduates must satisfy separate admission requirements for both the undergraduate and professional parts of the program. Admission to the undergraduate part of the program does not guarantee admission to the graduate part of the program.

Undergraduates interested in any of these programs should consult with the appropriate departmental advisor at their campus during their first year in residence. 

Occupational Therapy

This Program consists of three years of undergraduate study at Pace (108 credits) and two additional years of study at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Students who complete the program receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Pace and a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Columbia.

Pre-Optometry

This Program consists of three years of undergraduate study at Pace (108 credits) and four additional years of study at the State University of New York College of Optometry. Students who complete the program receive a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Pace and a Doctor of Optometry (DO) degree from SUNY.

Podiatry

This Program consists of three years of undergraduate study at Pace (108 credits) and four additional years of study at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine.

Major Completion Summary

Requirement Credits
University Core Requirements 44-55
Major Requirements 45-51
Open Electives 22-39
Total Credits 109-146

University Core Requirements (44-55 Credits)

See complete University Core requirements.

Note: required math and science courses (37 credits) listed below fulfill various foundational and area of knowledge requirements for the major.

Major Requirements (45-51 Credits)

Major-Required Math & Science Courses 1
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Organic Chemistry I
Organic Chemistry II
General Physics I
General Physics II
Calculus I
Calculus II
Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Biology Core Courses
BIO 101General Biology I4
BIO 102General Biology II4
BIO 231Genetics4
BIO 327Cellular Biochemistry4
BIO 335Molecular and Cellular Biology4
BIO 490Introduction to Research in the Biological Sciences3
Research Course (Advisor Approved)
Select one of the following:1-4
Independent Study in Biology
Research in Biology
Internship in Biology
Pre-Professional Electives by Track
Select one of the following Tracks:19-25
Occupational Therapy Track Electives
Podiatry Track Electives
Optometry Track Electives
Total Credits43-52

Occupational Therapy Track Electives (22 Credits)

Required Major Track Electives for upper-level students accepted into accelerated joint degree program - Pace/Columbia University MS Occupational Therapy Program include the following:

Pace Courses
BIO 251Principles of Human Anatomy4
BIO 334General Physiology4
Columbia University Courses
Taken in undergraduate's 4th year14
Total Credits22

Podiatry Track Electives (19 Credits)

Required Major Track Electives for upper-level students accepted into accelerated joint degree program - Pace/New York College of Podiatry program include the following:

  • Columbia University Courses taken in undergraduate's 4th year (19 credits)

Optometry Track Electives (25 Credits)

Required Major Track Electives for upper-level students accepted into accelerated joint degree program - Pace/SUNY College of Optometry - include the following:

Pace Course
BIO 264Microbiology4
SUNY College of Optometry Courses
Taken in undergraduate's 4th year21
Total Credits25

Open Electives (23-39 Credits)

Open Electives
Select 22-39 credits 122-39
Total Credits22-39