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Department of Biology - Advising for Biology Major Physical Therapy Track 

Description: Description: SJC purpleThis page will help you see what courses you should take and when you should take them.  There are two basic things you should keep in mind

BE AWARE Getting admitted to a graduate program in Physical Therapy is as difficult as entry into many medical schools. For example, for entry into the Indiana University Physical Therapy graduate program you need: an overall GPA minimum of 3.2 and average of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale), while the GPA for math and science prerequisite courses is a minimum 3.2, average 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.  You also need a minimum 450 verbal GRE score and minimum 450 quantitative GRE score.  This is definitely not the major for you if you struggle to get Cs in science. If you did not get As and Bs in High School science courses, you should look into the advising pages on the Biology Home Page for other possible areas of interest.  The home page links to other areas of biology and in each link you get help on what courses to take and what your minor should be. Click here for more information on Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy as a major and a career. If you are sure you want to go into Physical Therapy, read on.

FIRST PRIORITY - REQUIRED COURSES complete the required courses to obtain your degree in Biology with a Physical Therapy Track.  This means NOT JUST the required Biology courses listed below, but also the special minor that must be taken with this track.

You have two options for your minor with this track. One is a Health Therapy Minor. The other is an Athletic Training Minor.

 

NOTE: The requirements are changing. If you choose to stick with the pre 2009 requirements, then you don't need tell registrar anything. If you choose to switch, then tell registrar that you'll follow the 2009-2010 catalog when you register for fall 2009 classes. 

 

- Athletic Training Minor. This is the simpler minor and is a realistic selection for students with a B-C average in High School sciences or a GPA less than 3.0 in College. The courses you must have are: PE 327_Physiology of exercise, PE 328_Therapeutic modalities, PE 323_Advanced athletic training, PE 221 Kinesiology, PE 222_Basic athletic training, PE 223_CPR, PE 224_Red Cross, PE 250_ Concepts of fitness, plus Bio 121 & 122 Human Anatomy & Physiology (which count as Biology credit)

 

- Health Therapy Minor. This is a designer minor. You have more choice on which courses to put into the minor. Physical Therapy Schools have differing admission requirements. This means you should CONTACT PHYSICAL THERAPY SCHOOLS IN YOUR FRESHMAN YEAR in order to find out their admission requirements. Click here to get a web page that lists Physical therapy programs by state. Look at the pages of the schools you will apply to in three years. As you take the courses they require, you can make them part of your Health Therapy minor. Click here for a checklist that tells you which courses fit this minor and let you keep track of your courses for the major and minor.

You should take courses shown in bold letters at the times stated here or there will be trouble fitting those courses into your schedule in later years.  Some courses are only offered every other year, so look in the College Catalogue where the courses are listed.

FRESHMAN YEAR (if you want fewer hours or less science, do NOT drop chemistry, instead save Bio 121 Human Anatomy & Physiology for Sophomore year
Fall - 4h Biol 111 (general), 4h Chem 121 (general), 6h Core 1, Bio 121 HAP

Winter - 4h Biol 112 (general), 4h Chem 122 (general), 6h Core 2, Bio 122 HAP
ELECTIVES

- NOTE - Only Biology Majors taking the Health Therapy or Athletic Training Minors can count Human Anatomy & Physiology for the Biology Major

- If you want to save HAP for sophomore year, choose from the following:

- Math125 Calculus 1 is needed for Physics. If you had no Calculus in high school. You may need PreCalculus first.

- Statistics is offered every semester, as PSY225 or as Math342

- Introductory Psychology or Sociology PSY110 or SOC111 are in both the Fall and Winter,

- or take a course in Art or Physical Education that you need for the minor

FIELD EXPERIENCE: Most Physical therapy Schools want you to have significant actual experience in Physical therapy. It is up to YOU to arrange field experience with licensed Physical Therapists. We can help, especially with gaining experience in our town. Our majors have often helped with procedures at the Jasper County Hospital Physical Therapy Department and received Independent Study credit as well as hours of experience. Other students have found summer jobs as therapists, thus getting paid as they gained experience. Schools usually desire that you spend at least 60 hrs with accredited therapists. Freshman year is a good time to start do NOT wait until your senior year

SOPHOMORE YEAR
Fall -Required Courses highly recommended you take these at the times shown here: 4h Bio 225 (CVA), 4h Chem 233 (organic), 6h Core 3, HAP if not yet taken,

Fall ELECTIVES: The following courses can be taken in sophomore, junior or senior year NOTE pay attention to the College Catalogue, some courses are offered every other year.
- Math125 Calculus 1 (needed for Physics) Math093 PreCalculus if you had no Calculus in high school.

- Statistics is offered every semester, as PSY225 or as Math341 (Probability)

- Psych & Sociology: PSY110 (Introductory) or SOC111 (Introductory) If you had PSY 110 you can now take PSY324 (Abnormal Psych.) or PSY 123 (Developmental), PSY 232 (Learning & Cognition) would need approval

- Biology: BIO346 (Animal Behavior) BIO355 or 455 (Research), BIO346 (Toxicology), Histology or Advanced Microbiology, BIO259 (Medical Terminology)

 

Winter - Required Courses - 6h Core 4, 4h Bio 337 Genetics (or one of the electives that gives you required courses for your minor or for the total needed for a biology major).

Winter ELECTIVES: The following courses can be taken in sophomore, junior or senior year NOTE pay attention to the College Catalogue, some courses are offered every other year.
- Math125 Calculus 1 NOTE if you had no Calculus in high school. You may need PreCalculus first PreCalc is only in the 1st semester.

- Statistics is offered every semester, as PSY225 or as Math342

- Psych & Sociology: PSY110 (Introductory) or SOC111 (Introductory) If you had PSY 110 If you had PSY 110 you can now take PSY124 (Child Psych)

- Biology: BIO218 (Intro forensics), BIO220 (Amphibian Research), BIO323 (Intro Microbiology), BIO255 (Independent Study), BIO355 or 455 (Research),


JUNIOR YEAR - Work on getting your required courses
Cores 5-8
Genetics and Human Medical Physiology are required.

Physics I & II required for the major - best done in junior year

ELECTIVES The following courses can be taken in junior or senior year NOTE pay attention to the College Catalogue, some courses are offered every other year.
- Math125 Calculus 1 is needed for Physic. You may need PreCalculus first.

- Statistics is offered every semester, as PSY225 or as Math342

- Introductory Psychology or Sociology PSY110 or SOC111 are in both the Fall and Winter (see sophomore year electives for more).

- Biology: (see sophomore year electives above or the College Catalogue for more information).

- PE or Art courses for minor if needed

 

SENIOR YEAR - NOTE pay attention to the courses you need to complete your major and minor.
Cores 9-10
Genetics and Human Medical Physiology are required for the major

Physics I & II best done in junior year are required for the major
Work on getting your required courses

ELECTIVES  See Previous year notes above.

 

KEEPING TRACK of the courses you've taken and those you still need - click here for a checklist where you can keep track of your required courses for the major and the minor plus your electives.
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