Biology - Pre-Physical Therapy

Biology (BS) Pre-Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy is a health care profession that fosters optimal health and functional abilities for people with musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular or neurologic dysfunctions.

By applying scientific principles as a physical therapist, you will assess, prevent and/or treat the patient’s existing problems through evaluation, patient education, establishment of goals and the design of a plan that targets each problem.

The Biology (BS) Pre-Physical Therapy program, part of Biology’s General Biology specialization, is designed to prepare students to enter masters-level programs in physical therapy.

Where Are Our Pre-Physical Therapy Graduates? (Since 2008)

  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • American University of Antigua
  • American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine
  • University of Medicine and Health Sciences, St. Kitts
  • College of Naturopathic Medicine, University of Bridgeport
  • Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida International University
  • Meharry Medical College
  • Northwestern University
  • College of Osteopathic Medicine, Nova Southeastern University
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (Georgia Campus)
  • Ross University School of Medicine
  • St. George’s University, Grenada
  • University of Arizona College of Medicine
  • UCF College of Medicine
  • University of Health Sciences Antigua
  • University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami
  • University of Rochester

Biology (BS) Pre-Physical Therapy Course Offerings

In addition to its required courses, Barry’s Biology (BS) Pre-Physical Therapy program offers a variety of elective courses for its majors, including but not limited to:

  • Human Nutrition
  • Neurobiology
  • Parasitology
  • Biochemistry
  • Epidemiology
  • Histology
  • Embryology
  • Immunology

For full course descriptions, visit

Barry’s School of Human Performance and Leisure Sciences also offers non-biology electives such kinesiology, exercise physiology, fitness assessment and exercise prescription. For more information about courses offered through Barry’s undergraduate athletic training program, visit

Student Organizations

Students in the Biology (BS) Pre-Physical Therapy program have the opportunity to continue learning outside of the classroom by becoming involved in Barry’s biology-related student organizations, such as the Tri-Beta Honor Society.

For a full listing o f biology-related student organizations at Barry, visit  

Program Overview: General Biology Specialization

This major requires a minimum of 40 credits including Biology 104, 112, 216 and at least one course from each of the following core areas:

  • Growth and Development (Human or Comparative Anatomy)
  • Cellular and Molecular Biology (Cell Biology or Microbiology)
  • Physiological and Biochemical Principles (Human or Comparative Physiology)
  • Environmental Biology (Ecology or Marine Biology or Environmental Science)
  • Biological Theory (Evolution or Seminar or Virology)
  • Genetics

Students must also fulfill the following non-biological requirements:

  • Chemistry (12 semester hours)
  • Math (9 semester hours including Pre-Calculus and Statistics or Calculus)
  • Physics (4 semester hours)
  • Theology or Philosophy (Bioethics or Environmental Ethics)

For a full listing of requirements, including course numbers, visit