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

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