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Lake Superior State University

Pre-Professional Sciences

Program Description

The associate degree in Pre-Professional Sciences prepares students for working in a health-related field such as medical, dental, optometry, podiatry, chiropractic, veterinary, pharmacy, and physician assistant.  The degree combines theory and science concepts buiding on a core of biology and chemistry classes, along with hands-on experiences in our state-of-the-art laboratories.  The program is an excellent preparation for students who wish to seek employment as a laboratory technician, consultant, or a science researcher.  It is also excellent preparation for students who intend on applying to professional and graduate school and includes coursework that is required and/or highly desired by those programs.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Have practical and theoretical knowledge of biology and chemistry.

Have lab experience and competence in use of basic instrumentation and safe practices.

Research and synthesize the scientific literature for information relevant to a current scientific investigation.

Design and conduct a scientific investigation of a testable hypothesis or methodology using appropriate tools and techniques.

Degree Requirements

Biology & Chemistry (38 credits)

  • BIOL121 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4
  • BIOL122 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
  • BIOL131 General Biology: Cells 4
  • BIOL132 General Biology: General Biology: Organisms 4
  • BIOL204 General Microbiology 4
  • CHEM115 General Chemistry I 5
  • CHEM116 General Chemistry II 5
  • CHEM225 Organic Chemistry I 4
  • CHEM326 Organic Chemistry II 4

Support Courses (27 credits)

  • ENGL110 First-Year Composition I 3
  • ENGL111 First-Year Composition II 3
  • COMM101 Fund/Speech Communication 3
  • MATH111 College Algebra 3
  • MATH207 Principles of Statistical Methods 3
  • PHYS221 Principles of Physics I 4
  • PHYS222 Principles of Physics II 4
  • PHYS231 Applied Phys Engineer/Scientist I 4
  • PHYS232 Applied Phys Engineer/Scientist II 4

Select one Social Science Elective (4 credits)

  • PSYC101 Introduction to Psychology 4
  • SOCY101 Introduction to Sociology 4


General Education: All LSSU Associate’s degree candidates must complete the LSSU General Education Requirements.

A minimum of 62 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.00 or higher.  A gpa of 2.00 or higher is required in your Major, and a gpa of 2.00 or higher is required in your General Education Requirements.

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