Biological Sciences

Pre-Nursing and Pre-Dental Hygiene

Important Announcement: All Biology courses have new rubrics and numbers starting in Fall 2015. Please refer to this table.

In today’s workplace most health care professionals are expected to have a solid science foundation in basic chemistry, human structure and function, and the microbial world. With a strong science background, students develop a basic understanding of the physical and physiological interrelationships which exist between organs, tissues, and cells and how microorganisms can be beneficial and sometimes harmful to humans. We prepare students for entry into allied health careers, such as nursing, dental hygiene, and surgical technician programs.

A typical pathway for students who plan to go into nursing or dental hygiene is shown below. You must consult your desired nursing or dental hygiene program, the Transfer Center, and/or Counseling for the most up-to-date information.

Pre-Nursing & Pre-Dental Hygiene Pathway

Typical sequence for Pre-Nursing and Pre-Dental Hygiene

Courses Units

Biology 30: Introduction to College Biology
Strongly recommended: Math 65 or 65B or 65Y and eligibility for English 1A or 52A.


Biology 7A: General Human Anatomy
Prerequisites: Biology 31 (completed with a grade of 'C' or higher) and Eligibility for English 1A or 52A


Biology 7B:  Human Physiology
Prerequisite: Chemistry 30A and Anatomy 1 [both completed with a grade of 'C' or higher]. Strongly Recommended: Chemistry 30B, and eligibility for English 1A or 52A.

Biology 7C:  Microbiology
Prerequisite: Biology 31 and Chemistry 30A or Chemistry 1A [both completed with a grade of 'C' or higher]. Strongly Recommended: Anatomy 1, and eligibility for English 1A or 52A.

Biology Department

Jill Carbone
Biology Co-Coordinator

Nan Ho
Biology Co-Coordinator

Barbara Zingg

Ann Hight

Michal Shuldman

Nan Ho
Dean of Math, Science, Engineering and Public Safety

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