Chiropractic is a vital part of today’s health care system. The need for qualified chiropractors continues to grow with the public’s increased awareness of the benefits of chiropractic health care.
Students in Northwestern’s pre-chiropractic program must complete a minimum of 90 credits, including the recommended courses indicated below. A large percentage of students accepted by schools of chiropractic have earned a B.A. degree.
Courses in writing: 6 credits
Humanities electives: 16 credits
Psychology elective: 4 credits
Electives: 32 credits
CHE 111 -
An introductory course in chemistry that emphasizes physical and inorganic concepts, problems and calculations. Topics include chemical reactions, stoichiometry, properties of gases, thermochemistry, theories of atomic structure, and chemical bonding. The general chemistry sequence (Chemistry 111 and Chemistry 112) is recommended for students with good math / science preparations who intend to proceed to advanced courses in chemistry, the biological sciences or engineering. Prerequisites: high school chemistry and ACT math
score of at least 24 (SAT 570 or above). (4 credits)
CHE 112 -
A continuation of Chemistry 111. Topics covered include kinetics, thermodynamics, chemical equilibria, acid-base chemistry and nuclear chemistry.Prerequisite: CHE111 or consent of the instructor.(4 credits)
CHE 321 -
The study of carbon compounds and their functional groups, including nomenclature, synthesis, reactions, structures, mechanisms and spectroscopic analysis.Prerequisites: CHE102 or 112 or permission of instructor.(4 credits)
CHE 322 -
A continuation of the study of carbon compounds and their functional groups, including nomenclature, synthesis, reactions, structures, mechanisms and spectroscopic analysis.Prerequisite: CHE321.(4 credits)
PHY 111SN -
General Physics I
Though all students are welcome in this IGE physics course, this is
the first in a two course algebra-based sequence designed particularly for
life science majors and others intending to apply to medical or graduate
school. The course includes the following topics: kinematics, Newtonian
mechanics, energy, momentum, gravity, thermodynamics, and oscillations.
Prerequisite: C- or higher in MAT 109QR, ACT math score of 24 or better (SAT
570 or above), or consent of the department chair. (4 credits) (NWCore
option under Science and the Natural World)
Note: There is a
laboratory component to this course.
PHY 112 -
General Physics II
A continuation of General Physics I. Topics will include simple harmonic oscillation, mechanical and electromagnetic waves, electromagnetism and modern physics.Prerequisite: successful completion of PHY111 with a grade of C- or better, or consent of department chair.(4 credits)
Choose two courses: 8 credits
BIO 115SN -
General Biology: Molecular and Cellular Biology
An introduction to molecular and cellular biology, with an examination of
the processes common to living organisms and an introduction to the
diversity of life, emphasizing unicellular organisms. This introduction will
provide students with a basic understanding of macromolecules, cell
structure and function, respiration and photosynthesis, the cell cycle,
meiosis, genetics, mechanisms of evolutionary change, and Christian
perspectives on evolutionary biology. (4 credits) (NWCore option under
Science and the Natural World) Note: Three lectures and 3 hours of laboratory work per week.
BIO 203 -
A study of the morphology and physiology of microorganisms with special emphasis on bacteria and viruses. Those organisms that have an economic or medical importance will be highlighted, and basic laboratory techniques will be stressed.Prerequisites: BIO115, 116 and CHE101, 102 or CHE111, 112.(4 credits)
BIO 221 -
A study of the gross structure of the systems of the human body.Prerequisite: BIO102, 115 or permission of instructor.(4 credits)
BIO 222 -
A study of the mechanisms by which the human body functions. Emphasis will be given to nerve and muscle function, and thereafter to hormonal control and the integrated systems that allow for respiratory, digestive, excretory and reproductive activities.Prerequisites: BIO102 or 115 and CHE101, 102 or CHE111, 112 or permission of instructor.(4 credits)
BIO 310WI -
A study of the structure and function of cells and of their subcellular
organelles. Structural detail will be described to the level of
macromolecular assemblages. Wherever possible, function will be described in
terms of the molecular mechanisms that underlie biological processes.
Note: Includes 3 lectures and 3 hours of lab per week.
Prerequisites: BIO115SN, 116, and CHE101, 102, or CHE111, 112. (4 credits;
alternate years, consult department) (Writing intensive) A fee is associated with this course.
BIO 326x -
Biochemistry:Proteins and Metabolism
A fundamental course surveying biomolecules, catabolism, bioenergetics and biosynthesis. Prerequisites: CHE321 and 322. (4 credits)
Total credits recommended: 90