Prerequisite Courses

Required Prerequisite Courses

  • General Biology (BIO 120)
  • General Chemistry (CHM 109 or CHM 115 & 116)
  • Genetics (BIO 355 or BIO 375/376)
  • Organic Chemistry (CHM 231 or CHM 241 & 242)
  • *Biochemistry (CHM 232 or CHM 461)
  • *Human Anatomy (BMS 208 or  BMS 250 & 251)
  • *Human Physiology (BMS 290 or BMS 250 &251)
  • Statistics (STA 215)
  • Psychology Introductory course (PSY 101) or Lifespan Development (PSY 364)
  • *Microbiology (BMS 212 & 213)
  • Physics (PHY 200 or 220 or 221)

       (GVSU equivalent courses in parenthesis)

*Courses marked by an asterisk (*) must be completed within the five calendar years of the year of application.  For example, a course completed in April 2017 will expire at the end of December 2022 and will be valid for the F22 application cycle.

The following courses MUST be completed at the time of application: Anatomy, Physiology, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Microbiology.  

If a course is part of a sequence, BOTH courses must fulfill the course requirement. The exception to this rule is Physics, in which only one semester is required. The higher of the two-course grades from a sequence course will be used for calculating the prerequisite coursework GPA.

Prerequisite coursework taken as pass/fail will not be accepted.

Applicants may take competency examinations for credit; however, these courses will not count towards the calculated GPAs.

Courses from Michigan universities that fulfill GVSU PAS prerequisites

Click here for courses from Michigan Universities that fulfill GVSU PAS prerequisites


Recommended Courses

These courses are NOT required but have been found to be beneficial for success in the GVSU PAS program.

  • Immunology
  • Medical Ethics
  • Pharmacology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Nutrition
  • Cadaver Lab


Admissions Academic Request Form

If a student has highly unusual  circumstances that impact the ability to meet application criteria, they may appeal in writing to the PAS Admissions Committee by submitting an Admissions Academic Request Form (ARF).  An ARF only needs to be filled out if a student does NOT meet all the application requirements and has extenuating circumstances that have either mitigated the requirements (as in a 5-year course waiver) or prevented the completion of the course (extension). 

Page last modified September 21, 2022