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Biology (Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental) Major

Biology is a rapidly growing scientific field. The Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Grand View University is intended for students interested in post-graduate studies in the allied health field. This program is designed to help students meet the admission requirements for medical school and dental school.

Students engaged in this program will be placed on an academic pathway that prepares them for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), Dental Admission Test (DAT) and others, such as the Optometry Admission Test (OAT).

Why Grand View?

  • Diverse curriculum that satisfies the admission requirements for medical school and dental school
  • Specialty classes such as immunology, histology, and embryology 
  • Gross anatomy with human cadaver dissections 
  • Research opportunities, with access to state of the art research equipment
  • Expert advising for pre-medical/pre-dental students
  • A vocational seminar that helps students get into medical and dental school
Career Options

Our biology major will prepare you for the following graduate schools:

  • Medical school
  • Dental school
  • Optometry school
  • Forensic science
  • Graduate studies

What Can I Do With This Major?

Course Requirements

Transfer credit for Biology courses must be taken within the last 10 years. 

Prerequisites for Major

MATH 121 College Algebra 3 credits

Requirements for Major (64 credits)

BIOL 101 General Biology I 4 credits
BIOL 102 General Biology II 4 credits
BIOL 150 Careers in Biology 1 credit
BIOL 250 Journal Club 1 credit
BIOL 251 Pre-Medical/Dental Seminar 1 credit
BIOL 252 Pre-Medical/Dental Seminar 1 credit
BIOL 256 Microbiology 4 credits
BIOL 335 Physiology 4 credits
BIOL 360 Genetics 4 credits
BIOL 380 Cell Biology 4 credits
BIOL 420 Gross Anatomy 4 CREDITS
BIOL 450 Senior Seminar 2 credits
CHEM 111 General Chemistry I 4 credits
CHEM 112 General Chemistry II 4 credits
CHEM 321 Organic Chemistry I 5 credits
CHEM 351 Biochemistry 3 credits
STAT 241 / 261 Principles of Statistics / Applied Statistics 4 credits / 3 credits
PHYS 131 / 241 Introduction to Physics I / General Physics I 4 credits / 5 credits
PHYS 132 / 242 Introduction to Physics II / General Physics II 4 credits / 5 credits

3 Courses From the Following (7-11 credits)

BIOL 330 Reproductive and Developmental Biology 3 credits
BIOL 410 Histology 4 credits
BIOL 415 Molecular Biology 4 credits
BIOL 444 Immunology 3 credits
BIOL 499 Research in Biology 1-3 credits

ALL these major courses will be counted in computing the 2.2 GPA required for this major.

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Many biological science specializations are on the rise, due to concerns ranging from health care to climate change. As communication and transportation advances bring the world's people closer together, the scientific community has expanded its efforts to deal with life-threatening diseases. Therefore, many new biology majors study genetics, immunology and endocrinology.

As humans live longer and remain physically active through more of their lives, biology majors can help meet the increased demand for qualified researchers and physicians.


Grand View biology students receive academic training with a strong emphasis on hands-on laboratory experiences, including opportunities to participate in undergraduate research projects.

The actual use of laboratory equipment and the completion of research projects provide students with meaningful and real-life experiences that enhance their future success.

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Elings Hall is home to the instrumentation facility and analytics lab as well as the cadaver lab, which makes Grand View one of the few private colleges of our size to have one. Located at the corner of East Ninth Street and Grandview Avenue, Elings Hall is a two-story building containing general-purpose classrooms, science laboratories, faculty offices, a greenhouse, and two of the three largest lecture halls on campus.