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Chemistry for the Life Sciences Health Professional School Application Support

  • General Information about Chemistry for the Life Sciences Course Sequence

    In the fall of 2016, the University of Minnesota Department of Chemistry began to offer a 3-course 13-credit Chemistry for the Life Sciences sequence that they created upon the College of Biological Sciences’ request. The courses were developed in collaboration to provide a focused and accelerated chemistry sequence for the life sciences with ensuring that the critical concepts in chemistry were included. This three-semester series was developed specifically to prepare students in life sciences with the chemistry knowledge needed to be successful in their domains. In reducing content that is less central to the life sciences, the sequence allows students to progress through the chemistry content most critical to the life sciences, as well as engage in more advanced coursework.

Students can view more information about these courses and see a list of syllabi by visiting z.umn.edu/cbschemistry.

If you are deciding between enrolling in the Chemistry for the Life Sciences sequence or the traditional chemistry sequence, please review our Frequently Asked Questions for Students Deciding between Sequences.

CBS Outreach to Health Professional Schools

CBS performed extensive outreach to health professional schools and programs around the country to educate them on CBS’s Chemistry for the Life Sciences course sequence. After conducting extensive outreach to health programs across the country, the College of Biological Sciences has received positive feedback on its curriculum and its relevance to their health professions. Below, you will find summaries of information gathered from different health programs by CBS on how they communicated that the Chemistry for the Life Sciences course sequence would fit into their chemistry prerequisites for admission. Please use the information provided as a starting point, and for the most up to date prerequisite admission requirements, please contact individual schools directly.*

Upon review of these courses, the University of Minnesota Medical School, College of Pharmacy, College of Veterinary Medicine, Genetic Counseling Program, Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program, and Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) Program have agreed that they will accept the Chemistry for the Life Sciences series to satisfy their course prerequisites, and they have all provided us with written documentation of this agreement.

  • Medical Schools

    The most common medical schools CBS Students apply to and matriculate to accept the Chemistry for the Life Sciences sequence to fulfill their prerequisites for admission. For a listing of information about specific medical schools, please review this spreadsheet.

  • Dental Schools

    Many dental schools across the country accept the sequence to fulfill admission prerequisites. A few institutions have asked students to take an additional chemistry course to meet their chemistry credit requirements. In these situations, the additional course does not need to be complete by the time you apply, but by the time you start the program. Students should review policies for each of their prospective programs. For a list of information about specific dental schools, please review this spreadsheet.

  • Pharmacy Schools

    Many pharmacy schools across the country accept the sequence to fulfill admission prerequisites. A few institutions have asked students to take an additional chemistry course to meet their chemistry credit requirements. In these situations, the additional course does not need to be complete by the time you apply, but by the time you start the program. Students should review policies for each of their prospective programs. For a list of information about specific pharmacy schools, please review this spreadsheet.

  • Physician Assistant Programs

    Many physician assistant programs to which CBS students apply accept the Chemistry for the Life Sciences sequence to fulfill their prerequisites for admission. For a listing of information about specific physician assistant programs, please review this spreadsheet.

  • Veterinary Medicine Programs

    Many veterinary medicine programs CBS Students apply to accept the Chemistry for the Life Sciences sequence to fulfill their prerequisites for admission. For a listing of information about specific veterinary medicine programs, please review this spreadsheet.

  • Osteopathic Medicine Programs

    Many osteopathic medicine programs have indicated that the Chemistry for the Life Sciences sequence will fulfill their prerequisites for admission. For a listing of information about specific osteopathic medicine programs, please review this spreadsheet.

  • Genetic Counseling Programs

    Many genetic counseling programs CBS Students apply to accept the Chemistry for the Life Sciences sequence to fulfill their prerequisites for admission. For a listing of information about specific genetic counseling programs, please review this spreadsheet.

  • Optometry Programs

    Many optometry programs CBS Students apply to accept the Chemistry for the Life Sciences sequence to fulfill their prerequisites for admission. For a listing of information about specific optometry programs, please review this spreadsheet.

*The College of Biological Sciences is not responsible for updating and maintaining this information. At any given time, a program may change its prerequisites without prior notification. A student should independently confirm the admissions requirements for each individual health professional school by consulting directly with the health professional school.

Additional Chemistry Coursework Options

Some health programs have indicated they would like students to complete additional coursework to meet chemistry prerequisites. If you are planning to apply to/attend a program that has requested additional chemistry coursework, below is a list of additional chemistry course options available at the University of Minnesota. We encourage you to consult the spreadsheets above get in touch with health programs of interest to determine best fit for your prospective programs.

 

Application Resources for Students Getting Ready to Apply after Completing Chemistry for the Life Sciences

For students getting ready to apply to health professional school after completing Chemistry for the Life Sciences coursework, we have put together a number of resources to support you in your application process.

  • Chemistry for the Life Sciences Sequence Reference Website

    z.umn.edu/cbschemistry  - This is a website you can refer schools you’re applying to for questions about the chemistry sequence. We encourage you to review the specific admission requirements of your prospective schools. Many institutions have distinct curricula and students are sometimes asked to provide additional information during the application process. This site contains a letter from Dean Ward sent to different programs introducing the sequence, syllabi, and course descriptions for each course you complete in the Chemistry for the Life Sciences sequence, including Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Society. Additional questions from the Health Professional Schools can be directed to the College of Biological Sciences at cbsadv@umn.edu.

  • Application Webinar

    You can use this webinar to learn about how you will communicate your coursework in the application system for each health profession. Part of the process of applying to health professional school is filling out an application through your health profession’s Centralized Application Service (CAS). This webinar will review information about how you will identify your coursework in the CAS for your health profession of interest.

  • Additional letter from Dean Ward

    This letter can be provided to programs that still have some questions about your course sequence. This letter is different than the one available at z.umn.edu/cbschemistry for health programs; this letter provides more specific information on content covered in your chemistry sequence and explains how your sequence fulfills the exact same degree requirements and content found in the traditional chemistry sequence.

  • FAQs for students getting ready to apply

    If you have additional questions that have not been answered by the information on this page, CBS has put together a list of frequently asked questions related to applying to health professional school after completing the Chemistry for the Life Sciences course sequence.

 

Contact Information for Students Who Have Additional Questions

After reviewing all of this information on this page, students can contact the following for more questions:

  • CBS Pre-Health Career Coaches - For questions related to pre-health career planning including application support, clarification of any of the information on this page, or CBS’s outreach to different health professional schools, you may contact CBS pre-health career coaches by appointment at cbsss.appointments.umn.edu or 612-624-9717.

  • CBS Academic Advisors - For questions related to degree planning and registering for courses, including additional chemistry courses communicated by some programs, you may set up an appointment with an academic advisor by visiting cbsss.appointments.umn.edu or by calling 612-624-9717.

  • Centralized Application Service (CAS) - For any technical issues or problems you experience when filling out the CAS for your health profession of interest (AMCAS, PharmCAS, AADSAS, etc), you may contact the CAS company directly by phone or email.

If you experience any challenges along the way, and you’re unsure of who to contact, please contact CBS Student Services at 612-624-9717; we’re here to support you!