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Essential Courses


Course # Title Credit Hours Prerequisites
BI 105 Biological Diversity and Ecology 3 None
BI 121 Biology Lab I 1 BL 105 (corequisite)
BI 106 Structure and Function of Cells and Organisms 3 BI 105 and CH 105
BI 122 Biology Lab II 1 BI 105 and BI 121 preorequisites)
CH 141 Organic Chemistry Concepts I 3 None
CH 116 Organic Chemistry Lab I 1 CH 106 (corequisite)
CH 106 Organic Chemistry Concepts II 3 CH 105 (with C or better)
CH 118 Organic Chemistry Lab II 1 CH 106
CH 232 Intro to Inorganic Chemistry 4 CH 105 and CH 116
CH 250 Analytical Chemistry 4 CH 232
PC 200 General Physics I 3 PC 206 (corequisite)
PC 202 Introductory Physics I 3 MA 130, MA 230 and PC 206 (corequisites)
PC 206 Physics Lab I 1 PC 200 or PC 202 (corequisite)
PC 201 General Physics II 3 PC 200; PC 207 (corequisite)
PC 203 Introductory Physics II 3 PC 202 and MA 130; PC 207 (corequisite)
PC 207 Physics Lab II 1 PC 201 or PC 203 (corequisite)
EN____ English course (in addition to CWS) 3 Varies
PY 101 Introduction to Psychology* 3 None
SO 101 Introduction to Sociology* 3 None
CH 301 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I* 3 BI 207 and CH 250
BI 207 Dynamics of Biological Processes* 4 BI 106, CH 106, CH 232

*Courses required to prepare for MCAT 2015. Strongly recommend BI 316, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II as additional preparation. For more information on MCAT 2015, see

Make every effort to take the MCAT NO LATER than the end of May of the summer you plan to apply. This will require DILIGENT PREPARATION DURING BOTH SEMESTERS OF THE SCHOOL YEAR.

Important Notes:

  1. Strongly recommend physiology, biochemistry, genetics, and dynamics of biological processes. Also recommend comparative anatomy, evolution, environmental science, calculus, foreign language (especially Spanish), philosophy, political science, sociology, economics, psychology, accounting and business courses, history, communication courses, and ethics.
  2. These courses reflect program requirements for our affiliation with Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine only. Although this course list will be sufficient for most other programs, make sure to check requirements of other schools in which you are interested no later than your sophomore year.
  3. This course list does NOT represent a POE, nor does it cover College requirements. Design a POE, preferably in an academic area, in consultation with your advisor.
  4. Make sure to have an advisor on the Health Professions Committee, preferably Dr. Amanda Siglin.
  5. In addition to your course work you are urged to gain some experience in podiatric medicine either during the school year or over the summer.


Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine- 4 + 4 Early Assurance B.S./D.P.M. Program
Regular Admission and Early Assurance B.S./D.P.M. Program


Courses Credits
General Biology and Lab 8
General Chemistry and Lab 8
Organic Chemistry and Lab 8
Physics and Lab 8
English 6

Recommend anatomy, histology, evolution, cell biology, genetics, physiology, foreign language, philosophy, history, and political science

Competitive credentials for Early Assurance options: Note: This section is currently being updated


Helpful websites:
American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine
American Podiatric Medical Association
American Podiatric Medical Students Association
Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine

General Information


Bolded courses are offered only in the indicated semester and/or require a specific sequence due to Juniata prerequisites. Non-bolded courses are either offered in both semesters or represent open-ended choices, making them more flexible in when they can be taken.

Freshman Year BI 105 Biology Lab II
Biology Lab I Organic Chemistry Concepts II (if C or better in OCC I)
Organic Chem Concepts I Organic Chem Lab I
Sophomore Year BI 106 Analytical Chemistry
  Intro to Inorganic Chem Bio 207
  Organic Chem Lab II Sociology
    English course
Junior Year Physics I and Lab Physics II and Lab
  Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I  
  MCAT Preparation* MCAT Preparation
*Both semesters of the year you plan to take the exam.

If you study abroad the SAFEST strategy is to take ALL prerequisite courses for professional school in the U.S., which may require you to take courses in the U.S. over the summer, preferably at a 4 year institution. However, if this is extremely difficult for your situation, check with the professional schools you wish to attend to see if they will accept courses taken abroad and if so, get their response in writing.  Also if you have a Biology POE and will not have BI 207 by the time you go abroad, check with the Biology Department to see if there is a Cell and Molecular course you can take abroad that will enable you to take upper level biology offerings at Juniata your senior year that require BI 207 (ex. Physiology, Immunology, and Microbiology)

Be mindful of your POE courses, which are NOT indicated here.  For example, if you have a Biology POE, you will need to take Freshman seminar the spring of your freshman year,  Frontiers of Biology the fall of your sophomore year, and Biology 207 at your earliest opportunity after completing Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry.