Department of Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences (BGES)

Podiatry Program

B.S. in Biology and Doctor of Podiatric Medicine

Description of Program: The Department of Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences (BGES) offers a joint 3 + 4 program with the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine (OCPM) providing the education and training that will allow a Biology major to take three years of classes at CSU in preparation for admission to OCPM for the four-year Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) degree program. Particular courses taken at OCPM in the first year will transfer to CSU and apply to the completion of the Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from CSU. Thus, a student will receive a four-year B.S. degree from CSU, and three years later (if successful), a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from OCPM. All other normal regulations for both the Biology major and the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine remain unchanged.

Advising for Biology majors: Biology majors should discuss this degree option with the undergraduate advisor for Biology. Contact the BGES office at (216) 687-2440 or bges@csuohio.edu to schedule an advising appointment.

Admission to OCPM:
If a student enters CSU with a high school GPA of at least 3.75, and either an ACT score of at least 29 or a SAT score of at least 1270, and if the student maintains a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2, then the student automatically will continue into the OCPM curriculum after three years at CSU and completion of the following 92-96 semester credit hours of CSU coursework:

  • 8 credit hours of General Biology & Lab
  • 8 credit hours of General Chemistry & Lab
  • 8 credit hours of Organic Chemistry & Lab
  • 8 credit hours of Physics & Lab
  • 6 credit hours of English
  • 52-56 credit hours of General Core / Elective courses.

If a student enters CSU with a high school GPA of less than 3.75, or has standardized test scores below the limits given above, or if the student does not maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2, then the student will enter the regular applicant pool for admission to OCPM. Such students must complete the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and must have completed or be nearing completion of the 92-96 credit hours of CSU coursework as listed above.


Suggested Three-Year Program at CSU:

Fall Semester, Year 1
Course Credits CSU requirement OCPM prerequisite credits
CHM 261, General Chemistry I 4 BIO major 4 of 8 General Chemistry
CHM 266, Gen. Chem. Lab. I 1 BIO major  
BIO 200, Intro. Biology I 3 BIO major 3 of 8 Biology
BIO 201, Intro. Biology Lab. I 1 BIO major 4 of 8 Biology
ENG 101, English I 3 English Composition 3 of 6 English
ASC 101, Freshman Orientation 1 Freshman orientation  
Semester Total 13    

Spring Semester, Year 1
Course Credits CSU requirement OCPM prerequisite credits
CHM 262, General Chemistry II 4 BIO major 8 of 8 General Chemistry
CHM 267, Gen. Chem. Lab. II 1 BIO major  
BIO 202, Intro. Biology II 3 BIO major 8 of 8 Biology
BIO 203, Intro. Biology Lab. II 1 BIO major 8 of 8 Biology
ENG 102, English II 3 English Composition 6 of 6 English
General Education elective 3 - 4 Western Culture / Arts & Humanities / Writing  
Semester Total 15 - 16    

Fall Semester, Year 2
Course Credits CSU requirement OCPM prerequisite credits
CHM 331, Organic Chemistry I 4 BIO major 4 of 8 Organic Chemistry
CHM 336, Org. Chem. Lab. I 2 BIO major  
BIO 302/303, Animal Biology & Lab 4 BIO major
[1 of 4 required 300-level core courses]
 
MTH 147, Statistical Concepts or
MTH 181, Calculus I
4 BIO major and
Math & Logic
 
General Education elective 3 - 4 Human Diversity
[suggest HSC 205, Culture and Health]
 
Semester Total 17 - 18    

Spring Semester, Year 2
Course Credits CSU requirement OCPM prerequisite credits
CHM 332, Organic Chemistry II 4   8 of 8 Organic Chemistry
CHM 337, Org. Chem. Lab. II
or an elective
2    
MTH 182, Calculus II,
or MTH 347, Applied Statistics
4 Math & Logic  
BIO 310/311, Genetics & Recitation 4 BIO major
[2 of 4 required 300-level core courses]
 
General Education elective 3 - 4 Afr. Amer. Exper. / Social Science  
Semester Total 17 - 18    

Fall Semester, Year 3
Course Credits CSU requirement OCPM prerequisite credits
BIO 495, Seminar 1 BIO major & WAC  
BIO 308/309, Cell Biology & Lab 4 BIO major
[3 of 4 required 300-level courses]
 
PHY 221, College Physics I 5 BIO major 5 of 8 Physics
General Education elective 3 - 4 Social Sciences / WAC  
General Education elective 3 - 4 Social Sciences / Foreign Culture  
Semester Total 16 - 18    

Spring Semester, Year 3
Course Credits CSU requirement OCPM prerequisite credits
PHY 222, College Physics II 5 BIO major 10 of 8 Physics
General Education elective 3 Arts & Humanities
[suggest PHL 240, Health Care Ethics]
 
General Education elective 3- 4 Nonwestern Culture / Arts & Humanities/ Foreign Culture  
open elective 4    
Semester Total 15 - 16    

96: minimum total credits from CSU (assuming no foreign language deficiency)
32: transfer credits from OCPM
128: total required for B.S. in Biology

Matriculation Requirements:
Any student admitted to OCPM under this program may apply for a B.S. degree in Biology from CSU upon successful completion of the required first-year OCPM coursework listed below.

Courses transferred from OCPM to CSU:
Course number Course title Credits
BSC 111 Gross Anatomy 8
BSC 112 Histology 6
BSC 113 Biochemistry 6
BSC 125 Neurobiology 3
BSC 126 Physiology 6
BSC 127 Basic Microbiology & Immunology 3

Second-year OCPM courses that can be transferred to CSU, if necessary as electives:
Course number Course title Credits
BSC 216 Microbiology and Infectious Diseases 5
BSC 218 Pathology I 4
BSC 219 Pharmacology and Therapeutics I 4
BSC 228 Pathology II 4
BSC 229 Pharmacology and Therapeutics II 4


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