Advising Plans & FAQ's
Welcome to our advising page.
If you would like a Human Physiology Degree Guide for the 2016-17 Catalogue, click on Degree Guide 2016-17 and the Human Physiology Degree Progression 2016-17 below. These files are appropriate for students that are incoming freshman for both 2016 and 2017.
In addition to the degree progression, you will find some straightforward answers to Frequently Asked Questions by our new majors below.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What pre-requisites do I need to apply to medical school?
Pursuing pre-med preparation as a Human Physiology major is no different than in any other major. A pdf from the Association of American Medical College (AAMC) can be found here. You should read through this material carefully. Also you should consider joining the Health Sciences Club at Gonzaga by contacting one of the club student leaders. They can get you listed as a club member, which gives you Blackboard access to their very informative site. This site includes information on pre-med, pre-vet, pre-dent, pre-optometry, pre-pharmacy, and other pre-med alternatives. You should also speak with a Human Physiology advisor.
In general, we recommend you complete the Human Physiology curriculum and also take the following courses:
- BBIOL 106 (Energy Flow) (3 credits)
- BIOL 207 (Genetics) (3 credits)
- CHEM 231/231L (O-Chem II) (4 credits)
- CHEM 245 (Biochem) (3 credits)
- BBIOL 106 (Energy Flow) (3 credits)
You should also meet with your Human Physiology advisor and review additional information on how best to prepare for your medical school application.
Q: What pre-requisites do I need for PA school?
A: In general, if you complete the BS in Human Physiology you will have all the necessary pre-requisites. However, you should look up the particular schools you might apply to just to be sure. Importantly, you should be aware that most PA schools require over 1000 hr of practical experience in a health care setting. For more detail on this from the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), go to their web site: HTTPS://www.aapa.org/become-a-pa/.
The majority of PA programs have the following prerequisites:
Q: What pre-requisites do I need for PT school?
A: In general, if you complete the BS in Human Physiology you will have all the necessary pre-requisites. However, you should look up the particular schools you might apply to just to be sure. For more detail on this from the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS), click here.
Here is what PTCAS data indicates.
- 98% require at least one course in anatomy, physiology, anatomy & physiology I (A&P I), or anatomy & physiology II(A&P II)
- 85% require one or more courses in biology or biological science
- 15% do not require a course in biology or biological sciencee
- 98% require one or more courses in chemistry
- 99% require one or more courses in physics
- 25% require one or more courses in math
Q: What pre-requisites do I need for OT school?
A: In general, if you complete the BS in Human Physiology you will have all the necessary pre-requisites. However, you should look up the particular schools you might apply to just to be sure. For example, the University of Washington has the following pre-requisites:
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Abnormal Psychology
- Developmental Psychology
Q: Does HPHY 485 count as upper division elective?
A: Yes, but only two credits count towards your elective. Consequently, you will need additional upperdivision elective credits to meet your requirement.
Q: If I missed HPHY 105 as a freshman and I am a sophomore and currently enrolled in HPHY 241, do I need to also take HPHY 105 next spring?
A: No, you will however need to take an additional 3 credits of science or math (that is not required for the HPHY degree) to substitute for HPHY 105. Your advisor will be the person to approve the course you wish to use to substitute for HPHY 105.
Q: How can I do study abroad as a Human Physiology major?
A: You can most easily study abroad during the summer and can take some of your University Core courses then. Otherwise, it's possible to study abroad during a semester or for an academic year; however, this will likely delay your graduation by one year.
Q: What if I can't enroll in required classes through Zagweb?
A: Check the undergraduate catalog to be sure you have completed all of the prerequisites for the course in which you are trying to enroll. Also, check Zagweb to see if the course is already full (see maximum enrollment column and compare the numerator – the number of students currently enrolled, to the denominator – class maximum). If you have met the prerequisites and the class is full, obtain a course authorization form for each course and lab you would like to add and get your advisor's signature and seek the signature and initials of the instructor for that course. An instructor may or may not give you permission to add his/her class. If you do get the instructor's permission (initials and signature) then obtain the signature of the department chair, and take the completed course authorization form to the Registrar's Office to be added to the course.