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Department of Physical Therapy
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Prerequisite Courses

Prerequisite Classes

  • The classes listed below are in semester units.

    • Convert quarter units into semester units by dividing the # quarter units by 1.5
  • The classes mentioned in italics are those offered at CSULB that meet the prerequisite requirements.

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Human Anatomy with Lab—4 units

Biology 208: Human Anatomy (4 units): The gross anatomy, histology, and neuroanatomy of the human body. Designed for majors in physical education and the allied health fields. (Lecture and Lab)

General Biology and Human Physiology with Lab—12 units

Biology 211 : General Biology I (4 units): Evolution as a process responsible for biological diversity at all levels: molecular, cellular, organismal, population, and community. Phylogenetic and taxonomic survey of life. Science as method of inquiry. (Lecture and Lab)

Biology 212: General Biology II (4 units): Introduction to macromolecular and cellular structure and function and to fundamental genetic principles. (Lecture and Lab)

Biology 207: Human Physiology (4 units): General introduction to the functional integration of human body systems. (Lecture and Lab), OR
Biology 213: General Biology III (4 units): Ecology and Physiology. Introduction to the functional biology of plants and animals and the abiotic and biotic factors that affect their distribution and abundance. (Lecture and Lab)

If human anatomy and physiology are combined, the coursework must be a 2 semester (8 units) sequence

General Chemistry with Lab—8 units

Chemistry 111A: General Chemistry I (4 units): Introduction to the principles of chemistry including chemical bonding, solution properties and chemical equilibrium and kinetics. (Lecture and Lab)

Chemistry 111B: General Chemistry II (4 units): Continuation of the study of chemical principles with application to inorganic systems. Includes application of modern bonding theories to inorganic molecules and study of trends and reactivities of the elements and their compounds. Qualitative inorganic analysis and extensive solving of aqueous equilibrium problems are emphasized. (Lecture and Lab)

General Physics with Lab—8 units

Physics 100A: General Physics I (4 units): Considers properties of matter, mechanics, wave motion and heat. (Lecture and Lab)

Physics 100B: General Physics II (4 units): Considers electricity, light, and atomic and nuclear physics. (Lecture and Lab)

Statistics—3 units

Biology 260: Biostatistics (3 units): Probability and statistics used in the description and analysis of biological data. (Lecture and Lab)

Kinesiology 483: Statistics in Human Movement Science (3 units): Evaluation and analysis of measuring devices and resulting data used in Kinesiology. Interpretation of data using appropriate statistical analyses. (Lecture and Lab)

General Psychology--3 units

Psychology 100: General Psychology (3 units): Introduction to the scientific study of human behavior. Designed to provide the student with a basic background for further study and for practical application in everyday life. Topics include biological foundations of behavior, motivation, emotion, learning, memory and thought processes, personality, development, social behavior, abnormal behavior, and methods of therapy.

Important Information

  • Biology, Chemistry, and Physics sequences must be for Biology Majors.

  • Human Anatomy and Human Physiology must be taken within 5 years at the time of application. All other courses must be taken within 10 years at the time of application.

  • General Microbiology may substitute for either General Biology I or II.

  • Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry or a combined Organic/Biochemistry course can substitute for General Chemistry II.

  • Any Statistics Course with Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) may substitute for Biostatistics, Bio 260.

  • Abnormal Psychology may substitute for General Psychology.

  • On-line laboratories are not accepted for credit.

  • High school A P courses are not accepted for credit.

  • One (1) semester unit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter unit (e.g. 4 semester units=6 quarter units).