Northwestern’s pre-physician assistant program prepares students for entrance into a Physician Assistant (PA) professional program and an eventual career as a PA where you will practice medicine under the supervision of physicians and surgeons. Most students will attend Northwestern for four years, graduating with a B.A. degree before entering a 2-year PA professional program. It is important to know that PA programs typically require several hundred hours of experience in health care roles such as a CNA, EMT, paramedic, etc., before admittance to the graduate program.
BIO 115SN -
General Biology: Molecular and Cellular Biology
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BIO 116 -
General Biology: Ecology and Organismal Biology
An introduction to organismal biology and ecology. Structure and function of representatives from the plant and animal kingdom are emphasized. In addition, students will be introduced to basic ecological concepts and Christian perspectives on stewardship. (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 or BIO121, 122 and CHE101, 102 or CHE111, 112. (4 credits)Note: Includes 3 hours of lab per week.
BIO 221 -
A study of the gross structure of the systems of the human body. Prerequisite: BIO102SN, 115 or permission of instructor. (4 credits)Note: Includes 3 hours of lab per week.
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: BIO102SN or 115 and CHE101SN, 102 or CHE111, 112 or permission of instructor. (4 credits)Note: Includes 3 hours of lab per week.
BIO 326 -
Biochemistry Proteins and Metabolism
A fundamental course surveying biomolecules, catabolism, bioenergetics and biosynthesis. Prerequisites: CHE321 and 322. (4 credits)Note: Includes 3 hours of lab per week.
PSY 100SS -
(4 credits)(IGE option under Self and Society) In this course students learnhow, using methodologies such asobservation, survey and experimentation, psychological science exploresthe causes and consequences of human action. An overview of majorfindings from the field of psychology such as biological bases ofbehavior, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, human development,personality, intelligence, psychopathology and therapy, the effect ofothers on individuals will be discussed and students will be encouragedto apply this knowledge to their own views and actions. Students willconsider why the integration of faith and science in understanding humansis important and will explore ways of accomplishing this integration.
PSY 360 -
(4 credits) This course will provide a broad survey of what is considered to be disordered in behavior, emotional expression, and cognition in adults. Emphasis will be placed on a scientific view of psychopathology. The two main foci of the course are the (a) description of various behaviors, symptoms, syndromes and illnesses as described in the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of the American Psychiatric Association, and (b) research and theories concerning etiology including discussion of environmental, biological, social and interactive perspectives. While intervention and childhood disorders will be discussed, they are not the primary focus of this course. Prerequisite: 4 credits of psychology courses.
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BIO 202WI -
An introduction to the principles of heredity and their practical application.Prerequisites: BIO115 or 116 (4 credits) (Writing Intensive)Note: Includes 1 1/2 hours of lab per week.
BIO 327WI -
This course focuses on the structure andfunction of nucleic acids and examines the biochemical techniques involvedin gaining knowledge regarding replication, transcription and translation ofgenetic information, and control of gene expression.Prerequisites: BIO115, CHE321 and 322. (4 credits) (Writing Intensive)Note: Includes 3 hours of lab per week.
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CHE 101SN -
(4 credits)(IGE option under Science and the Natural World) This course is an introduction toinorganic chemistry, with an emphasis on the health sciences. It is wellsuited for students whose programs require one year of chemistry. Note: Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory period per week. Open toall students.
CHE 102 -
An introductory course in organic and biological chemistry. The content is especially suited to meet the needs of students whose programs require only one year of chemistry. Prerequisite: CHE101. (4 credits)Note: Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week.
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 (SAT550 or above). (4 credits)Note: Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week.
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)Note: Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory period per week.
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)Note: Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory period per week.
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)Note: Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory period per week.
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MAT 116QR -
Stats for Natural/Social Science
This course is designed to introduce topics in probability and statistics with an emphasis on problems in the sciences. We will study discrete and continuous distributions, estimation and hypothesis testing, p-values, correlation, and simple linear regression. There will be three main sections in this course, examining descriptive statistics (the nature of data and how to summarize it), basic probability concepts (the mathematical study of uncertainty), and inferential statistics (making claims or decisions based on one or more sets of data). Note: Students may receive credit for only one course among MAT116QR, MAT117QR andMAT208QR.Prerequisites: C- or better in MAT090, an ACT math score of 20 or above (SAT 480 or above), a passing score on the basic algebra placement exam, or permission of instructor.(3 credits)(NWCore option under Quantitative Reasoning)
MAT 208QR -
This course is a study of statistical methodology commonly used in thebiological and health sciences. We will start with examining basicdescriptive methods in statistics. We will then introduce the foundationalconcepts in probability. After these topics are explored, we will spend theremainder of the course looking at the uses and interpretation ofstatistics. Topics will include confidence intervals and hypothesis testsinvolving one or two samples, correlation and regression, contingencytables, and ANOVA.Note: Meets four times per week. Students may receive credit for only onecourse among MAT116QR, MAT117QR and MAT208QR.Prerequisite: C- or better in MAT090, an ACT math score of 20 or above (SAT480 or above), or a passing score on MAT090 placement exam.(4 credits) (NWCore option under Quantitative Reasoning)
Total credits recommended: 61-62