Pre-Chiropractic

The Department of Biological Sciences at Murray State University offers a three-year curriculum that allows students to participate in 3+3 year programs at Logan, Palmer and other Schools of Chiropractic Medicine. Students complete three years in residence at Murray State University, then three years in Chiropractic School. The first 30 hours of biology coursework at the chiropractic institution may be transferable to Murray State to complete the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in biology with a track in pre-medicine. Alternatively, students can complete the 4 year BA or BS at Murray State and then apply to Chiropractic School for their 3 year programs. Students wishing to complete the BA or BS at Murray State before applying to Chiropractic programs should follow the Pre-Medicine Curriculum pathway.

Students who wish to become chiropractors can meet the necessary pre-professional required courses through our program. Chiropractic schools give preference to students with a GPA of at least 3.0.

Suggested Curriculum Outline for 3+3 Chiropractic Programs, BS in Pre-Medicine


For First-Time Freshman (Scroll Down for Transfer Students)

Course Credit Hours
Fall Year 1
16 total hours
BIO 100T Transitions 1
BIO 115 The Cellular Basis of Life 3
CHE 201 General College Chemistry 5
ENG 105 Critical Reading, Writing & Inquiry 4
PSY 180 General Psychology 3
   
Spring Year 1 16 total hours
BIO 216 Biological Inquiry & Analysis 4
CHE 202 General Chem & Quantitative Analysis 5
BIO 221 Zoology: Animal Form and Function 4
COM 161 Introduction to Public Speaking 3
   
Fall Year 2 17 total hours
BIO 222 Botany: Plant Form & Function 4
CHE 312 Organic Chemistry I & Lab 5
MAT 150 Algebra & Trigonometry 5
XXX XXX Global Awareness Elective 3
   
Spring Year 2 14 total hours
BIO 333 Genetics 4
CIV 201 or 202 World Civilizations I or II 3
CHE 320 Organic Chemistry II 3
PHY 130/131 General Physics I and Lab 4
   
Fall Year 3 15 total hours
ENG 226 Arguments & Discourse 3
BIO 322 Animal Physiology 4
PHY 132/133 General Physics I & Lab 4
STA 135 Intro to Probability and Statistics 4
   
Spring Year 3 16 total hours
BIO 323 Cell Biology: Systems 3
CHE 330 Basic Biochemistry 3
HUM 211 Western Humanities Tradition 3
SOC 133 Introduction to Sociology 3
PSY or SOC Elective 3
   
Fall Year 4 15 total hours
Upper level biology electives taken at Chiropractic school 15
   
Spring Year 4 15 total hours
Upper level biology electives taken at Chiropractic school 15

For Transfer Students with an Associate's of Science degree

Students who wish to transfer to Murray State, then transfer to Chiropractic School once their pre-requisites are met should work closely with their academic advisor to insure all Murray State requirements are met. To be awarded a BA or BS in Biology from Murray State University, students must fulfill all requirements including University Studies, Biology Core Courses (BIO 499 will be waived), at least 42 upper level hours, at least 120 total hours, at least 30 hours in residence at Murray State and all requirements for the pre-medical curriculum.

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