Natural Science or Pre-Health

Since many of the courses in the sciences have prerequisites, it can be advantageous (and sometimes essential) to plan carefully, especially if you would like to participate in one of Guilford’s study abroad programs.

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Science Majors

If you are considering a major in biology (BS), you should take Chemical Principles I (Chemistry 111) in your first semester. The first biology course taken is usually Integrative Biology: Molecules and Cells (Biology 111) or Integrative Biology: Organisms, Ecology and Evolution (Biology 112), which can be taken in the second semester. A math course, either Math 112, 115, 121 or 122, can be taken in the first or second semester depending on your schedule and your background in math. An alternative to the biology (BS) major is the biology (BA) major. This major is designed for students interested in the field of biology who do not plan on pursuing a career in which undergraduate work in physics or calculus is required. Students who plan to follow the biology (BA) major should take either Integrative Biology: Molecules and Cells (Biology 111) or Integrative Biology: Organisms, Ecology and Evolution (Biology 112), during their first year. Students who plan to major in forensic biology should take either Integrative Biology: Molecules and Cells (Biology 111) or General Botany (Biology 115) during their first year.

Email Melanie Lee-Brown, or call 336.316.2421.

If you are considering a major in chemistry, you should take Chemical Principles I (Chemistry 111) in your first semester. You should also take your first math course, either Calculus I (Math 121) or whatever calculus or pre-calculus (Math 115, Elementary Functions) course is appropriate to your level of math knowledge.

Email Rob Whitnell, or call 336.316.2295.

If you are considering a major in geology or earth Studies, you should take Geology and the Environment (Geology 121) in the first semester and/or Historical Geology in the second semester. Chemical Principles I (Chemistry 111) and an appropriate math class are recommended additional courses if your schedule permits.

Email Dave Dobson, or call 336.316.2278.

If you are considering a major in mathematics, you should take Calculus I (Math 121), or, if already well prepared in introductory calculus, Accelerated Calculus (Math 123) in your first semester. In some cases, students will need Elementary Functions (Math 115) before trying calculus, and in a few cases students may be ready for more advanced mathematics courses.

Email Rudy Gordh, or call 336.316.2230.

If you are considering a major in physics, you should take Physics I (Physics 121) in your first semester. You should also take your first math course, either Calculus I (Math 121) or whatever calculus or pre-calculus course is appropriate to your level of math knowledge.

Email Thom Espinola, or call 336.316.2193.

The Health Professions

Students who are considering a career in the health professions (medical, dental, veterinary, physician assistant, etc.) can major in any field, but need to plan their course work carefully. For example, in order to enter medical or dental school in the year immediately following graduation from Guilford, students must take certain admissions exams (such as the MCAT and DAT) in the spring or summer of the junior year. Therefore, courses required for those tests need to be completed by the end of the junior year.

One option for a major is the health sciences major, an interdisciplinary major that allows students to fulfill the prerequisites for any graduate program in the health professions and provides a capstone internship experience in the student’s area of interest. The health sciences major requires a second major. Students’ second majors are often in biology, but can be in any discipline. Chemical Principles I (Chemistry 111) is strongly recommended in the first semester if you intend to complete your course work in a timely manner.

Email Anne G. Glenn, or call 336.316.2234.

Instructions for Course Selection

The three courses for which you must register are FYE 101, FYE 102, and English. Prior to course registration, you will need to take the online foreign language placement exam. Instructions regarding the placement test process are included with the Online Course Selection Form.

During orientation, you will be scheduled to take a quantitative literacy exam. You may opt to register for the Quantitative course if you believe you do not have a strong background in these areas. If you satisfy the requirements through the placement tests, you can change your course selection when you meet with your adviser during orientation.

While it is advisable to finish your foundations courses as early as possible, you are not required to complete your language or math requirement during your first semester. In addition to the FYE and English courses, you may select courses in areas of strong interest. Do not be concerned if you have not decided on a major. Many of the courses listed will fulfill one of the curricular requirements. Thus,you will be working on graduation requirements while exploring an area of interest.

Students can start many majors in the sophomore year. Notable exceptions are the natural sciences and Education Studies. If you are interested, even tentatively, in one of these areas as a major, be sure to list the courses required by this major in the electives section on your “Weekly Schedule Worksheet.” Failure to begin the course work for these majors in your first term may result in your having to spend an extra semester or summer at Guilford.

A full-time course load at Guilford generally consists of 4 courses (16 credit hours). Students are considered full-time with 12 hours and may carry as many as 18 hours with no additional charge. Tuition remains the same for 12-18 hours. (Remember that there is no charge for the FYE 102 course, even if it gives you over 18 hours.)