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Physical Therapy and Biology

The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown currently offers a program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Biology which incorporates the requirements for entering Physical Therapy graduate programs.  While it is not necessary to major in Biology, meeting the prerequisites for Physical Therapy comes very close to meeting the requirements for Biology anyway, so the following information assumes that combination.


A minimum of 24 credits in biology, including at least three laboratory courses, beyond the two semester Introductory Biology sequence, are required for a major in Biology.  Ancillary requirements in math, chemistry and physics are given below.  General degree requirements of the University must also be followed.


Physical Therapy schools require two semesters of Introductory Biology with lab, two semesters of Introductory Chemistry with lab, two semesters of Introductory Physics with lab, one Anatomy course, one Physiology course, one Statistics course and two Psychology courses.

The following is a schedule that meets these requirements. Courses with one asterisk (*) are required for a Biology major, those with two (**) are PT school requirements and those with three (***) are required for both.  Those with none are recommended.  Many PT schools list Anatomy and Physiology as a requirement, and that is successfully met by taking our Animal Physiology and Vertebrate Anatomy courses.  A&P at Pitt-Johnstown is a freshman nursing course and doesn't count toward a degree in Biology.        



Biol 0110, 0111  General Biol I and Lab***Biol 0120, 0121  General Biol II and Lab***
Chem 0111, 0113 Intro Chem I and Lab***Chem 0112, 0114 Intro Chem II and Lab***


Biol 0350  Genetics*Chem 0231, 0233 Organic I and Lab*
Biol 0360  Cell Biology*Chem 0232, 0234 Organic II and Lab*
Biol  0361 Cell Biology Lab Psych 0200 Introductory Psychology**
Math 0221 Calculus** 


Biol 1125  Animal Physiology***Physics 0140, 0141 Intro Physics I and Lab***
Biol 1225 Animal Physiology LabPhysics 0142, 0143 Intro Physics II and Lab***
Psych elective**Biol 1120 Vertebrate Anatomy (lab included)**
Math 0212 Biostatistics** 


Electives chosen with advisor.  (These may be in the sciences or other areas as the above courses meet the minimum requirements for the major and PT schools.)



After the General Biology I and II and Labs, biology majors must take at least 24 biology credits including at least three lab courses.  Labs are valuable and enriching, so students are encouraged to take labs with their associated lecture courses.  Labs cannot be taken independently of the associated lecture course.  Not requiring labs for every course, however, adds flexibility in scheduling.  Biostatistics lab does not count toward the requirement for three biology labs. 


The University of Pittsburgh PT school recommends that the Psychology elective be Child Development (Psych 0230) or  Psychopathology (Psych 1141).


Other suggested courses for biology majors include Microbiology (Biol 1185), Immunology (Biol 1186), and Biochemistry (Chem 1321) or other courses the student and advisor agree would be valuable.

In addition to Freshman Seminar or English Composition 0005 and English Composition 0006, the university requires that students also fulfill General Education Knowledge Area and Competency Area requirements.

 Typical Schedules Fulfilling Requirements for Both the Biology Program and PT schools. 

Freshman Year

Fall Spring 
Biol 01103Biol 01203
Biol 01111Biol 01211
Chem 01114Chem 01124
Chem 01131Chem 01141
Fr Seminar3Writing 00063
Total Credits15 15

Sophomore Year

Fall Spring 
Biol 03504Biol 03603
Elective3Biol 03611
Chem 02314Chem 02324
Chem 02331Chem 02341
Math 02214Elective4
Total Credits16 16

Junior Year

Fall Spring 
Biol 11204Biol 11253
Physics 01404Biol 12251
Physics 01411Physics 01424
Math 02124Physics 01431
Elective3Biol Elective3
  Biol Lab1
Total Credits16 16

Senior Year

Fall Spring 
Biol Elective3Biol Elective3
Total Credits16 16

            The above schedules fulfill department, division and university course requirements and exceed the required number of credits for graduation.  The biology and other electives can be chosen to meet the personal and career objectives of the particular student.


Cycle of course offerings in Biology:   



Fall TermSpring TermSummer Term
General Biology I and LabGeneral Biology I and LabGeneral Biology II and Lab
Life Sciences*General Biology II and LabIndependent Stdy
Anatomy and Physiology I**Anatomy and Physiology II**Internship
General Ecology and LabLife Sciences* 
GeneticsCell Biology and Lab 
Vertebrate AnatomyMedical Microbiology and Lab** 
ImmunologyHuman Health and Deseases* 
MicrobiologyAnimal Physiology and Lab 
Human Health and Deseases*Ecology of Infection deseases 
Independent StudyIndependent Study 



Vertebrate Biology and LabAquatic EcologyLab Tech in Immunology
Plant Diversity and LabOrnithology and LabLab Tech in Molecular Biology
Local Flora and LabPopulation BiologyEvolution
Wildlife Management and LabPopulation GeneticsBiodiversity Conservation and Lab
Terrestrial Ecology and LabMammalogy and LabHuman Ecology*

(*) non-majors courses and (**) nursing and allied health courses, don't count toward Biology major credits


rev. 10/08