Pre-Professional Health Emphasis Course List - Riverland

Pre-Professional Health Emphasis

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum General Education requirements for programs:

  • AA – 60 credits total; 40 credits of MnTC general education containing all 10 goal areas; 1 credit HLTH/PHED required.
  • AS – 60 credits minimum; 30 credits of MnTC general education, (16 credits required [4 cr. each] from goal area 1 [ENGL1101 required], 3 or 4, 5, and 6); 1 credit HLTH/PHED required.
  • AAS – 60 credits total; a minimum of 15 credits of MnTC general education (3 cr. each from goal area 1 [ENGL1101 required], 3 or 4, 5, and 6).
  • Diploma – 31-72 credit total; 24 credits minimum in occupational or technical courses.    

Course List

  Course # Course Name Credits  
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MATH1210
Calculus I & Analytical Geometry (Goal 2 & 4) OR MATH1115

This course covers the basics of calculus emphasizing understanding of the basic principles through investigation. The course begins with a review of functions and continues with limits, rates of change, derivatives, differentiation rules, applications of derivatives, and antiderivatives and integration. Concepts are presented graphically and numerically as well as algebraically. Prerequisites: Math 1115 or Math 1120 with a grade of C or better or appropriate placement in course based on Multiple Measures for Course Placement – Math Decision Band Chart. MnTC (Goals 4/MA and 2/CT); (5 Cr – 5 lect, 0 lab)

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CHEM1201
General Chemistry I (Goal 3 & 10)

This is the first course of a two-semester sequence in general inorganic chemistry, Atomic Theory, stoichiometry, chemical reactions, thermochemistry, chemical bonding, molecular structure, atomic structure, periodicity, and the gas phase.  This course is for students intending to transfer or pursue Bachelor’s preparation and/or careers in chemistry and the other physical sciences, engineering and health sciences (medicine, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, four-year nursing). Prerequisite: Math 1110 or higher or concurrent registration in Math 1110 or higher.

MnTC (Goals 3/NS and 10/PE); (5 Cr – 3 lect, 2 lab)

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CHEM1202
General Chemistry II (Goal 2 & 3)

This is the second course of a two-semester sequence in general inorganic chemistry. Content includes properties of solutions, kinetics, equilibrium, acids and bases, thermodynamics and electrochemistry.  This course is for students intending to transfer or pursue Bachelor’s preparation and/or careers in chemistry and the other physical sciences, engineering and health sciences (medicine, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, four-year nursing). Prerequisite: MATH 1110 or higher and CHEM 1201 or CHEM 1210.

MnTC (Goals 3/NS and 2/CT); (5 Cr – 3 lect, 2 lab)

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PHYS1501
College Physics I (Goal 2 & 3)

This course is the first semester of the algebra-based introductory physics sequence typically taken by students majoring in a life-science or pre-professional field. The emphasis of this course is on understanding basic physics principles related to mechanics and applying those principles to the solution of physics-related problems. Laboratory work is an essential part of the course. Prerequisite: MATH 1110 (College Algebra) or appropriate placement score.

MnTC (Goal 3/NS and 2/CT); (4 Cr – 3 lect, 1 lab)   

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PHYS1502
College Physics II (Goal 2 & 3)

This course is a continuation of PHYS 1501: College Physics I. The topics covered are thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, and optics. Prerequisite: PHYS 1501. 

MnTC (Goal 3/NS and 2/CT); (4 Cr – 3 lect, 1 lab)

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BIOL1091
General Biology I (Goal 2 & 3)

This course is the first semester of a two-semester course sequence in general biology. Topics include the scientific method, characteristics of life, biological chemistry, cell and membrane structure and function, enzymes, metabolism, mitosis, meiosis, genetics, the structure of DNA, and protein synthesis. This course includes laboratory exercises and experimentation that illustrate core principles covered in the course. CHEM 1121 or 1201 or 1210 is recommended prior to taking this course. MnTC (Goals 3/NS and 2/CT); (4 Cr – 3 lect, 1 lab)

4
Science/Math elective (usually General Biology II or Calculus I)
4-5
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ENGL1101
Composition I (Goal 1 & 2)

This is an introductory college writing course designed to help students develop effective writing skills for college level work.  Students learn to generate ideas and organize them into unified, coherent essays.  Methods of instruction vary, but most sections combine individual conferences and peer review with regular class meetings.  Prerequisites:  A grade of C or higher in ENGL 0960 or appropriate placement score.

MnTC (Goals 1/CM and Goal 2/CT); (3 Cr – 3 lect, 0 lab)

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ENGL1105
Composition II: Research (Goal 1 & 2; Prereq ENGL1101)

This is a second semester composition course focused on the writing of an academic research paper.  Students learn how to employ the resources of an academic library and how to cite those sources in a fully documented analytical/interpretive term paper.  Prerequisites: ENGL 1101.

MnTC (Goals 1/CM and 2/CT); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

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SPCH1100
Fundamentals of Speech (Goal 1 & 9)

This course focuses on the theory and practice of public communication including individual and group presentations.  This course emphasizes audience analysis, organization, content development including topic selection and speaking ethics.  Students will prepare and deliver a variety of both individual and group presentations and demonstrate an ability to apply research from diverse sources.  Students should expect to reduce speech apprehension and develop self-confidence in their ability to communicate in public.

MnTC (Goals 1/CM and 9/EC); (3 Cr – 3 lect, 0 lab)

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PSYC1105
General Psychology (Goal 5 & 7)

This course introduces the student to general topics in psychology and is designed to provide an overview of the field of psychology and human behavior.  Topics include psychology as a behavioral science, the scientific method, biological foundations of behavior, sensation, perception, consciousness, learning, memory, thinking, language, intelligence, motivation, emotion, lifespan development, social psychology, stress and coping, and a brief overview of psychological disorders and therapies.

MnTC (Goal 5/SS and Goal 7/HD); (4 Cr – 4 lect, 0 lab)

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two History/Social Science electives
5-6
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PHIL1140
Health Care/Medical Ethics (Goal 6 & 9) OR PHIL1130

This course provides an overview of central issues in medical ethics. Students investigate the nature of ethics and ethical theories and principles before moving on to examine such topics as medical research and technological developments in medicine. The course will provide both historical and contemporary background on a number of ethical issues in the health-care field and will consider proposed answers to what we should do about the questions they raise. Course delivery may include the presentation and discussion of various ethical and health-care perspectives. MnTC (Goals 6/HU and 9/EC); (3 credits - 3 lecture, 0 lab)

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two Humanities/Fine Arts electives
6
PHED/HLTH/EMER course or THTR 1111
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CCLS1000
First Year Experience

This course introduces proven strategies and applications to help students achieve greater success in college and in life.  Topics include, but are not limited to, time management, goal setting, learning strategies, critical thinking, communication skills, diversity awareness, health and wellness, college and community resources, and financial planning.  This course introduces students to making choices that promote responsibility, motivation, interdependence, and self-awareness.  Recommended:  Score of 52 or above on test Accuplacer Reading Comprehension.
(1 Cr – 1 lect, 0 lab)

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*Notes—more details about the course lists and recommendations

  1. If a course has an Honors counterpart, it may be substituted. For example, SPCH 1110 may be substituted for SPCH 1100.
  2. Most programs will require one semester of calculus. Pre-calculus is often appropriate for pre-chiro students and may be sufficient for some pre-dental, pre-PT, & pre-vet students. Some majors may require two semesters of calculus.
  3. Students may substitute PHYS 2201/2202 if it is needed/preferred for their intended program or major. Pre-pharmacy students may substitute a Sci/Math elective for PHYS 1502, but pre-pharmacy students planning on earning a bachelor’s degrees in science should take both semesters of physics.
  4. For the Science/Math elective, choose from BIOL 1092, BIOL 2040, MATH 1210, or MATH 1220. Students who need either MATH 1210 or MATH 1220 should take that. Otherwise most students should take BIOL 1092. If taking a biology class, pre-optometry, pre-PT, and pre-pharmacy students may want BIOL 2040 rather than BIOL 1092.
  5. At least one of the History/Social Science electives must come from a discipline other than PSCY. Suggested courses include SOCI 1101 or ANTH 2220 or ANTH 2240.
  6. At least one of the Humanities/Fine Arts electives must come from a discipline other than PHIL. ARTS 1112 is recommended for pre-dental students.
  7. At least one of the elective classes must meet Goal 8—Global Perspectives.