Pre-Professional Health Emphasis Course Sequence - Riverland

Pre-Professional Health Emphasis

These course sequences are for students who place into either pre-calculus or calculus before the fall of their first year. Students who place into college algebra are encouraged to take it the summer before starting their year 1 fall classes. This is important to stay on track as pre-calculus is a fall-only class and because college physics requires college algebra (or a higher-level placement).

Program Starts

Year 1 - Fall Semester

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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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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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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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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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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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Year 1 - Spring Semester

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

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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Year 2 - Fall Semester

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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)

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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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Sci/Math elec: MATH 1220
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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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Year 2 - Spring Semester

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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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Last Updated: April 26, 2022