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Non-Degree Pre-Professional Programs

NON-DEGREE PROFESSIONAL DEGREE PROGRAMS

The Department of Biological Sciences offers several preparatory curricula to students seeking admission to professional healthcare schools, such as Schools of Pharmacy, Dental Hygiene, and Clinical Laboratory Science. These concentration areas are designed to earn for the student the prerequisites essential for entering such a professional school. In the case of non-acceptance to professional school, these concentration areas are also designed to allow the student to continue at Nicholls and earn the Bachelor of Science in Biology. Because some requirements (application deadlines, specific elective courses, completion of standardized tests, letters of recommendation) vary between schools, students remain responsible for determining and completing all such requirements for the particular professional school(s) to which they intend to apply.

  • CLR  – Computer Literacy Requirement
  • GER  – General Education Requirement
  • OCR  – Oral Communication Requirement
  • UUR  – University Requirement

Pre-Dental Hygiene (PDHY)

Associate and baccalaureate degrees in dental hygiene are offered only by dental schools and some universities. These institutions accept students from colleges and universities with a pre-dental hygiene curriculum offering the prerequisites required before acceptance and entrance into their professional degree program.

The following curriculum was developed to provide the prerequisites required for the baccalaureate degree program at the Louisiana State University Dental School. Students applying to other degree granting institutions must obtain the current prerequisites from the school in which they intend to apply, and must consult with the pre-dental hygiene advisor in the Department of Biological Sciences. In the event of non-acceptance into a dental hygiene degree program, this curriculum is designed to offer the student a means to pursue a baccalaureate degree in Biology at Nicholls State University.

FRESHMAN YEAR Sem.Hrs. SOPHOMORE YEAR Sem.Hrs.
BIOL 114, 115, 116, 117 8 Arts Elective 3
CHEM 105, 106 6 BIOL 155, 203-204 8
ENGL 101, 102 6 CMPS 200 3
Freshman Seminar Course (UR) 1 ENGL Literature Elective 3
MATH 101, 102, or 214 6 HUMA Electives* 9
PSYC 101 3 SOCI 151 3
SPCH 101 3 Elective** 3
  33   32

* At least 3 credits must be at or above sophomore level.
** Excludes courses in health and physical education. Recommended courses include BIOL 156, Nutrition, Speech, or Psychology.

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Pre-Clinical Laboratory Science (PMTC) (Formerly Pre-Medical Technology)

A baccalaureate degree in Pre-Clinical Laboratory Science is offered only by academic health centers, schools of allied health and some universities with Board of Regents-approved programs. These institutions accept students from colleges and universities with pre medical technology programs that offer the prerequisite course work required before acceptance  to the professional level part of the degree program.

The program below is offered by the Department of Biological Sciences to provide the prerequisites necessary to qualify an applicant for the degree program at either Louisiana Tech,  University of Louisiana at Monroe, or Louisiana State University.  It does not exclude the prerequisites   of other degree granting institutions.

Furthermore, a student may attend Nicholls State University and complete the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and then apply to a hospital-based program in Pre-Clinical Laboratory Science. For further information regarding these options students should consult with the pre-clinical laboratory science advisor or the department head. NOTE:   Student must consult with advisor regarding choice of asteriked (*) course selections.

FRESHMAN YEAR Sem.Hrs. SOPHOMORE YEAR Sem.Hrs.
BIOL 155, 156* 8 BIOL  114-115*, 116-117*, 203-204 12
CHEM 105, 106,’110 8 CHEM 208, 221* or 300-302* 6-8
CMPS 200 3 English Literature Elective 3
ENGL 101, 102 6 MATH 214 OR 301 3
Freshman Seminar Course (UR) 1 Speech 101 3
MATH 101 3   27-29
  29    
       
JUNIOR YEAR Sem.Hrs.    
Arts Elective 3    
BIOL 315, 328-329, 371 13    
ENGL 368 or 468 3    
Humanities Elective 3    
Social Science Elective* 6    
  28    

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Pre Pharmacy (PPHA)

Pre Pharmacy is a  three-year non-degree program that prepares a student to enter a school of pharmacy. The program below follows that of The University of Louisiana at Monroe, which has the only public school of pharmacy in Louisiana. For other programs, the student must consult with the pre pharmacy advisor in the Department of Biological Sciences.

For electives in this curriculum, a minimum of  9 semester hours must be selected from the areas of foreign languages, history, literature, philosophy,  and humanities. A minimum of 3 semester hours must be selected from the areas of art, dance, music, or theater. In the event of non-acceptance into a pharmacy degree program, this curriculum is designed to offer the student a means to continue to earn the Bachelor of Science in Biology at Nicholls State University. Students seeking admissions to the School of Pharmacy at the University of Louisiana-Monroe (ULM) must meet all additional requirements (GPA, PCAT exam, interview, and PHARMCAS application) by the early November deadline at that school.

FRESHMAN YEAR Sem.Hrs. SOPHOMORE YEAR Sem.Hrs.
ART Elective 3 BIOL 203-204 4
BIOL 155, 156 8 CHEM 221, 222-226 8
CHEM 105, 106-110 8 ECON 211-212 or 255 3-6
ENGL 101, 102 6 ENGL Literature Elective 3
Freshman Seminar Course (UR) 1 Humanities Elective 3
H&PE 270 2 MATH 166 4
HIST  Elective 3 PHYS 101-103, 102-104** 8
MATH 165* 5   33-36
  36    
       
JUNIOR YEAR Sem.Hrs.    
BIOL 320, 326 or 327, 371, 440 15    
BSAD 310 3    
CHEM 435 3    
ENGL 368 or 468 3    
HIST Elective 3    
MATH 301 3    
MNGT 301 3    
SPCH 101 3    
  36    

* MATH 165 is the entry-level course for this major. All prerequisites for MATH 165 must be met.

**Physics requirements for Xavier University are PHYS 201-201 and PHYS 202-204.

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