Northern Kentucky University

Undergraduate Catalog 2015-16

Pre-Medical or Physician Assistant

Students who wish to pursue careers in medicine, including osteopathic medicine, and students who wish to become a physician’s assistant may fulfill their admission requirements with any degree provided they fulfill the specific course requirements of those professional programs. Students interested in medicine should work closely with their advisors who will help ensure they complete the specific requirements for their desired programs and their NKU bachelor’s degrees. Some departments, such as biological sciences and chemistry, have faculty who are dedicated pre-med advisors.


The two most common degrees sought by pre-med students at NKU are in biological sciences (cellular/molecular/genetics track) and chemistry (biochemistry track). However, regardless of the major a student chooses, the requirements for entry into medical school are met by completing the courses listed below. It is recommended that non-science majors complete several electives at the 300/400/500 level in biology, chemistry, or related disciplines. In addition, courses in mathematics, behavioral and social sciences, and the humanities, provide excellent preparation for medical study. Requirements for professional medical programs generally include:

  • One year of biology with labs.
  • One year of inorganic/general chemistry with labs.
  • One year of organic chemistry with labs.
  • One year of physics with labs.
  • One year of English/composition courses (discipline-specific 291W/391W courses are accepted).
  • Mathematics (varies with programs; usually two semesters of mathematics required).

Recommended for Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)

  • One semester of Introductory Psychology
  • One semester of Introduction to Sociology
  • One semester of Biochemistry
  • One semester of Cell Biology
  • One semester of Statistics

AP credit

AP credit is treated differently by specific medical and osteopathic programs regardless of how the credit is treated by NKU. Students who have AP credit and who wish to attend professional programs should work closely with their advisors.

First-year plan

Because students can pursue any degree program to prepare for medical school, only the first year of recommended study is shown below. To see four-year plans in particular areas (such as biological sciences or chemistry), please see those particular degree programs.


Fall Semester

CHE 120/120L

General Chemistry I with Laboratory


MAT 129

Calculus I



-- OR --


MAT 112

Applied Calculus (biology only)


Gen Ed

Written Communication


BIO 150/150L

Introduction to Biology I with Laboratory




Spring Semester

CHE 121/121L

General Chemistry II with Laboratory


MAT 229

Calculus II (chemistry)



-- OR --


STA 205

Introduction to Statistical Methods (biology)


Gen Ed

Oral Communication


BIO 151/151L

Introduction to Biology II with Laboratory




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Undergraduate Catalog 2015-16

The Catalog

Catalog Changes

University Accreditation

Employment and Earnings of Kentucky College Graduates

About NKU

Program Offerings

Admissions and Enrollment

International Admissions and Enrollment

Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid

Academic Program Opportunities

University Policies and Procedures

Academic Support

Student Engagement

General Education

College of Arts and Sciences

Haile/U.S. Bank College of Business

College of Education and Human Services

College of Health Professions

College of Informatics

Pre-Professional and Interdisciplinary Programs

Course Descriptions

Course Description Notes

Accounting Courses (ACC)

Anthropology Courses (ANT)

Arabic Courses (ARI)

Art Courses (ART)

Astronomy Courses (AST)

Athletic Training Program Courses (ATP)

Biological Sciences Courses (BIO)

Business Informatics Courses (BIS)

Black Studies Courses (BLS)

Business Courses (BUS)

College of Arts and Sciences Courses (CAS)

Cooperative Education Courses (CEP)

Chemistry Courses (CHE)

Chinese Courses (CHI)

Cinema Studies Courses (CIN)

Computer Information Technology Courses (CIT)

Construction Management Courses (CMGT)

Communication Studies Courses (CMST)

Communication Courses (COM)

Counseling Courses (COU)

Computer Science Courses (CSC)

Career and Technical Education Courses (CTE)

Dance Courses (DAN)

Data Science Courses (DSC)

Economics Courses (ECO)

Education – Special Education Courses (EDS)

Education Courses (EDU)

Engineering Technology Courses (EGT)

Electronic Media and Broadcasting Courses (EMB)

English Courses (ENG)

English Developmental Courses (ENGD)

Entrepreneurship Courses (ENTP)

Environmental Science Courses (ENV)

Finance Courses (FIN)

Financial Literacy Courses (FLC)

French Courses (FRE)

Geography Courses (GEO)

German Courses (GER)

Geology Courses (GLY)

Health Education Courses (HEA)

Health Informatics Courses (HIN)

History Courses (HIS)

Honors Courses (HNR)

Human Resource Management Courses (HRM)

Health Science Courses (HSC)

Human Services/Mental Health Courses (HSR)

Informatics Courses (INF)

International Programs Courses (INTL)

Integrative Studies Courses (IST)

Italian Courses (ITA)

Journalism Courses (JOU)

Japanese Courses (JPN)

Criminal Justice Courses (JUS)

Kinesiology Courses (KIN)

Korean Courses (KOR)

Learning Assistance Program Courses (LAP)

Latin Courses (LAT)

Organizational Leadership Courses (LDR)

Library Informatics Courses (LIN)

Developmental Mathematics Courses (MAHD)

Mathematics Courses (MAT)

Medieval Studies Courses (MDS)

Management Courses (MGT)

Media Informatics Courses (MIN)

Marketing Courses (MKT)

Military Science Courses (MSC)

Music Courses (MUS)

Neuroscience Courses (NEU)

Nursing Registered Professional Courses (NRP)

Nursing Baccalaureate Courses (NRS)

Public Administration Courses (PAD)

Physical Education Courses (PHE)

Philosophy Courses (PHI)

Physics Courses (PHY)

Popular Culture Courses (POP)

Public Relations Courses (PRE)

Political Science Courses (PSC)

Psychology Courses (PSY)

Radiologic Science Courses (RAD)

Reading Workshop Courses (RDG)

Religious Studies Courses (REL)

Respiratory Care Courses (RSP)

Russian Courses (RUS)

Integrated Sciences Courses (SCI)

Sociology Courses (SOC)

Sports Business Courses (SPB)

Spanish Courses (SPI)

Statistics Courses (STA)

Social Work Courses (SWK)

Theatre Courses (TAR)

University Programs Courses (UNV)

Women's and Gender Studies Courses (WGS)

World Languages Courses (WLL)

University Administration


Emeritus Faculty


Kentucky Residency