Apr 01, 2023  
2016-2017 SLCC General Catalog 

Pre-Health Sciences: AS

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Associate of Science l 61 credits

Biology Department
Taylorsville Redwood Campus: SI 341
Jordan Campus: JHS 248
General Information and Appointments: (801) 957-4922 or (801) 957-4923

Academic and Career Advising

Program Faculty:
Professors - Jane Rudolph, Arleen Sawitzke, William Tanner
Associate Professor - Tim Beagley, Jim Blevins, Jedediah Doelling, Melaney Farr, Eric Green, Mary Jane Keleher, Kristen Taylor, Melissa Tillack
Assistant Professors- Rebecca Sperry, Kathy Bell, Jessica Berryman, Dan Carpenter

Program Description: The Biology Department offers a program leading to an associate of science degree in Pre-Health Sciences. The required courses in this program will give a student an excellent and broad foundation on which to further his or her studies in Health Sciences AND will meet many Health Science program admission requirements.

Transfer/Articulation Information:  Students completing the AS degree in Pre-Health Science at SLCC are well prepared to apply to Health Sciences certification programs and to transfer to any of the four year institutions in the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE).  This program also prepares students to transfer to public institutions in other states as well as most private colleges and universities.

Program Entry Requirements:
Preparation Note: Students who need to take preparatory classes to meet the requirements of first semester courses should plan on extra time to complete the program. The semesters during which courses are taught are listed below. Students should check the semester class schedule for day/evening availability, locations and modifications caused by varying enrollment.  Students are strongly encouraged to meet with an academic advisor to plan their course schedules and course taking pathway.

Estimated Time to Completion:  If students follow the suggested sample schedule, time to completion is four semesters.

Program Student Learning Outcomes    Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
  1 - Acquire substantive knowledge
2 - Communicate effectively
3 - Develop quantitative literacies
4 - Think critically & creatively
5 - Become a community engaged learner
6 - Work in professional & constructive manner
7 - Develop computer & information literacy
Students will acquire an understanding of biological principles and the human body that will prepare them for studies in a health science field. 1, 3, 4, 7
Students will acquire an understanding of mathematical principles that will prepare them for studies in a health science field. 1, 3, 4, 7
Students will obtain a broad based general education that will make them desirable employees when they complete a health science program. 2, 5, 6
Students will complete an AS degree.  This will ensure that all of their General Education credits are transferable to four year institutions. 4, 5, 6, 7


General Education Requirements (32-35 Credits)

Core Skills:

American Institutions (AI) Choose One Course (3 Credits) From the Following

Institutional Requirements:

Lifelong Wellness (LW) 1 Credit

Any course designated in its title as (LW) -includes most HLAC courses, some DANC courses, and HLTH

Student Choice (IN or Depth) Choose One Course (3 Credits) From the Following


Distribution Areas (16 Credits)

Complete the following Life Science (LS) distribution courses:

Choose one course (three credit hours) from each of the following distribution areas. One of the courses must also be a Diversity course (DV).

Fine Arts (FA)   3-4
Humanities (HU)   3
Interdisciplinary (ID)   3

Physical Science (PS)   general education component is satisfied through pre-major coursework.

Complete ONE of the following Social Science (SS) distribution courses:3

Required Courses: (13 Credits)

Sample Schedule

One Year Chemistry Option

Two Year Chemistry Option

Advising Notes:

It is strongly recommended that students meet with an advisor during their first semester to plan the appropriate pathway for the ultimate goal that they would like to achieve.  Students aspiring to obtain a BS or higher in biology, should obtain the AS in BIOLOGY degree rather than this AS in pre-Health Sciences degree.  Prospective pre-professional (e.g. pre-medicine, pre-veterinarian, pre-pharmacy, pre-OTD, pre-MOT etc.) students choosing to earn an AS in Pre-Health Sciences should take the highest MATH, CHEMISTRY, and PHYSICS classes offered.  Students who need to take preparatory classes to meet the requirements of first semester courses should plan on extra time to complete the program.

Students also earning an AAS in any allied health field should consult with financial aid to determine how earning an additional degree may affect their aid eligibility.

Additional Program Notes:

1ENGL 2100   is the preferred writing course for most programs to which a student might transfer.

2Accuplacer math placement should be considered given that some programs may require a higher level Math than MATH 1040  . Students should consult with a Program Advisor for best fit.

3Students should consult the list of pre-requisite courses for the program they are interested in before selecting a Social Science (SS) and Intensive (IN) distribution courses. 

4Students may choose whether to use the CHEM 1110  / CHEM 1115   (one year of chemistry) pathway or the CHEM 1210  / CHEM 1215  / CHEM 2320  / CHEM 2325  (two years of chemistry plus a semester of biochemistry after transfer to a 4 year institution) pathway. The two year pathway opens up more options; however, it does take longer to complete.  The sample schedules reflect these choices.

5BIOL 2020  (Cell Biology) AND BIOL 2030  (Genetics) are accepted by the University of Utah.  BIOL 2060  (Microbiology) is a pre-requisite for the University of Utah’s BSN program.

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