College of Science and Mathematics

Undergraduate Programs
Pre-Professional Programs


Undergraduate Programs

The College of Science and Mathematics offers a B.S. degree with options of majors in biology, biochemistry-molecular biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics. B.S. degree options for majors for students pursuing teacher certification are composite science, life science, mathematical studies, and physical science.

The College of Science and Mathematics faculty members are deeply committed to undergraduate teaching and research. One-on-one interactions with faculty members are the norm in this College. Research opportunities with faculty are available to undergraduates. Students are also encouraged to participate in summer internships and research programs at other universities and research institutions.

Department of Biology

Major in Biology

The Biology Department at Houston Baptist University emphasizes the biomedical/biotechnology area of biology. HBU Biology is especially strong in Cell and Molecular Biology, Microbiology, and Animal Systems.  The program, taught by faculty with earned Doctorates, prepares students for a wide variety of careers including health professions, graduate School, nursing, education, and industry.

Graduates of HBU Biology have become PhDs, physicians, dentists, bio technicians, researchers, teachers, and other interesting professions.  They work in the fields of allied health, quality control, ecology, animal and plant science, consulting, lab management, forensics, and related sales areas.

HBU Biology prepares students for their careers by offering biology courses with an academically rigorous, contemporary curriculum.  HBU Biology faculty serve as mentors to enable students to develop professional attitudes required for success and service.

HBU Biology provides mentoring and experiences that enable students to grow in a Christian environment that integrates the principles of biological sciences with their faith.

Departmental honors are available in Biology.

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Major in Biochemistry-Molecular Biology

The College of Science and Mathematics provides the interdisciplinary training necessary to prepare students for success in careers in the biological and biochemical sciences.  HBU faculty from Biology, Chemistry, Math and Physics teach and mentor in this major.  The Biochemistry-Molecular Biology (BCMB) major incorporates the training needed for students to compete for spaces in medical school, dental school and graduate programs in the biological and biochemical sciences, in addition to entry-level employment in biomedical research at academic institutions and in the biotechnology industry. Departmental honors are available in BCMB.  The BCMB program is accredited by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

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Department of Chemistry

Major in Chemistry

The chemistry major includes courses in biochemistry as well as general, inorganic, organic, analytical, and physical chemistry.  Calculus I and II and two courses in calculus-based physics are also required.  The curriculum provides laboratory experiences and includes a senior research project.  Internships and additional undergraduate research opportunities, outside of course requirements, are available to qualified chemistry majors.  Chemistry graduates commonly pursue graduate school, industrial employment, and further study in various health professions.

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Department of Mathematics & Physics

Major in Mathematics

The mathematics major combines coursework in both pure and applied mathematics with computer applications. It is designed to prepare students for graduate study or for careers in business, government, and industry.  Mathematics courses are also offered to support other programs, including business, chemistry, education, engineering, the health professions, and physics.

Mathematics graduates often find employment with companies in technological fields such as computer science, engineering, statistics, and actuarial science, but are also highly-valued by employers in non-technological fields because of their proven problem-solving abilities. A mathematics degree also provides a solid foundation for students who wish to pursue further studies. Departmental honors are available in Mathematics.

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Major in Physics

The physics program at HBU provides a firm foundation in the theoretical and experimental aspects of physics. In addition, the physics program offers courses for non-science majors: Physics for the Liberal Arts Mind; Astronomy and the Universe; Physics of Sound. Currently, the faculty is involved in theoretical, experimental, and applied physics research. Areas of research include biophysics, supersymmetry, and methods of teaching physics.

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Teacher Certification  (See College of Education and Behavioral Sciences)

The Colleges of Science and Mathematics and Education and Behavioral Sciences cooperatively offer teacher certification in the following areas:

  • 4-8 Composite Science
  • 4-8 Math Studies
  • 7-12 Composite Science
  • 7-12 Life Science
  • 7-12 Math Studies
  • 7-12 Physical Science

Pre-Professional Programs

The College of Science and Mathematics also offers (in addition to advising for HBU degree requirements) specialized advising for students planning to continue their education after obtaining a degree from HBU by attending medical, dental, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, or an engineering school. The requirements as listed below are frequently updated by maintaining close contact with all professional schools. However, professional schools are continually modifying their curriculum, so students should consult with the health professions director for the most current requirements for a post-baccalaureate program.

 

Pre-Medical / Pre-Dental Program

The pre-medical/pre-dental program is open to all HBU students interested in a career in medicine or dentistry.  The program is not a major, rather it is a series of classes and activities designed to prepare students for entry into these schools.  The coursework, shown below, consists of the prerequisite courses required by the majority of medical and dental schools.  These courses must be completed prior to entry.  Some professional schools, especially private schools, may have slightly different requirements.  Activities in the program include membership and participation in the appropriate pre-professional student organization (Alpha Epsilon Delta, the pre-professional honor society and the Pre-Dental Society), trips to medical and dental schools, and workshops offered by the Health Professions Office.  Students should check the bulletin board on the second floor of the Cullen Science building for information about scheduled activities.  Students are also encouraged to seek shadowing opportunities with area health care professionals and to perform community service as individuals or in conjunction with AED and PDS.

Entry into a health professions school is a competitive process. Application to medical and dental schools may occur early in the summer after a student’s junior year if prerequisite courses are complete and a student has a competitive GPA and MCAT/DAT score. If these conditions are not met, it may be in the student’s best interest to delay application until they obtain a competitive GPA and admissions test score. Texas medical and dental schools require evaluation letters.  They may be submitted in one of two forms. 1). A Composite Letter of Evaluation from their Health Professions Office 2.) Three individual letters of evaluation. The HBU Health Profession Office provides a Composite Letter of Evaluation for qualified students.

The Composite Letter of Evaluation Package is preferred by the professional schools. This package contains comments by the science faculty, advisors, and evaluations performed by the Applicant Evaluation Committee. In order to obtain this letter, an HBU student must:

  1. Complete 30 semester hours at HBU of which 16 hours are science courses.
  2. Complete 13 of the 16 pre-requisites courses (45 hrs is the total required) listed in the table below. If 13 classes have not been completed, the student will be referred to the Medical Professions Advisory Committee, for evaluation and comments to be included in the Evaluation Package.
  3. Register with the Health Professions Office (room S219) to indicate their intention to apply to medical/dental school. This registration should occur between January 15 and Mar 1 of the application year.
  4. Attend a 30 minute scheduled interview with the Applicant Evaluation Committee during the spring semester prior to application. In addition to these requirements, students are required to attend the series of three workshops designed to acquaint students with the on-line Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service, the format of a successful personal statement and the expectations of the medical school faculty at the interview.

Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental prerequisite courses may change at any time without notice to Houston Baptist University. Some of the listed courses may have prerequisite requirements.

Medical and Dental School Requirements
BIOL 2454 General Biology I
BIOL 2455 General Biology II
BIOL 3301 Cellular and Molecular Biology
Four advanced hours (3000-4000) of Biology including Lab
CHEM 2415 General Chemistry I
CHEM 2416 General Chemistry II
CHEM 3131 Organic Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 3313 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 3132 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
CHEM 3333 Organic Chemistry II
(CHEM 4373 Biochemistry – required by some medical and dental Schools)
MATH 3404 Introductory Statistics for the Life Sciences
PHYS 1416 General Physics I
OR
PHYS 2413 Principles of Physics I (if required for major)
PHYS 1417 General Physics II
OR
PHYS 2423 Principles of Physics II (if required for major)
PSYC 1313 General Psychology & SOC 1313 Principles of Sociology are
recommended in order to prepare for the MCAT beginning in 2015

 


Pre-Chiropractic Program, Texas Chiropractic College, and Parker Chiropractic College

This is a guide to the required courses for admission to Texas Chiropractic courses. Some of the listed courses may have prerequisite requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to check often with Texas Chiropractic College for any updates as these requirements may change without notice to HBU. For other entrance requirements, students should contact Texas Chiropractic College.

Science and Math Core
BIOL 2454 General Biology I
BIOL 2455 General Biology II
CHEM 2415 General Chemistry I
CHEM 2416 General Chemistry II
CHEM 3131 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
CHEM 3132 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
CHEM 3313 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 3333 Organic Chemistry II
*PHYS 1416 General Physics I & PHYS 1417 General Physics II   OR
PHYS 1416 General Physics I & *MATH 3401 Introduction to Statistics for the Life Sciences
ENGL 1313 Composition and Literature I
ENGL 1323 Composition and Literature II
PSYC 1313 General Psychology
15 hours of humanities or Social Science courses

 

Pre-Optometry Program

This is a guide to the most frequently required courses. Not all courses will be required by all optometry Schools. Pre-optometry prerequisite courses may change at any time without notice to Houston Baptist University. Some of the listed courses may have prerequisite requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to check often with the professional School for any updates.  Students are encouraged to participate in the activities of our HBU Pre-Optometry Professional Society (HBU POPS).

Optometry School Requirements
BIOL 2454 General Biology I
BIOL 2455 General Biology II
BIOL 3301 Cellular and Molecular Biology
BIOL 3414 Microbiology
BIOL 3454 General Physiology
BIOL 3456 Advanced Human Anatomy
CHEM 2415 General Chemistry I
CHEM 2416 General Chemistry II
CHEM 3131 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
CHEM 3132 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
CHEM 3313 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 3333 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 4373 Biochemistry
MATH 1434 Precalculus Mathematics
MATH 1451 Calculus I
PHYS 1416 General Physics I OR PHYS 2413 Principles of Physics I
PHYS 1417 General Physics II OR PHYS 2423 Principles of Physics II
PSYC 1313 General Psychology
PSYC 2301 Introductory Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences OR MATH 3304 Introductory Statistics for the Life Sciences

 

Pre-Pharmacy Program

Students who plan to enter the field of pharmacy may complete the prerequisite courses at Houston Baptist University before applying for admission to a school of pharmacy.

This is a guide to the most frequently required courses. Not all courses will be required by all pharmacy schools. Pre-Pharmacy prerequisite courses may change at any time without notice to Houston Baptist University. Some of the listed courses may have prerequisite requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to check often with the professional school for any updates.

Pharmacy School Requirements
BIOL 2454 General Biology I
BIOL 2455 General Biology II
BIOL 3301 Cellular and Molecular Biology
BIOL 3414 Microbiology
BIOL 3444 Genetics
BIOL 3454 General Physiology
BIOL 3456 Advanced Human Anatomy
CHEM 2415 General Chemistry I
CHEM 2416 General Chemistry II
CHEM 3131 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
CHEM 3132 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
CHEM 3313 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 3333 Organic Chemistry II
ECOM 2312  Macroeconomics
ENGL 1313 Composition and Literature I
ENGL 1323 Composition and Literature II
ENGL 2315 Great Works of Literature I
HIST 2313 U.S. History to 1877
HIST 2323 U.S. History from 1877
MATH 1434 Precalculus Mathematics
MATH 1451 Calculus I
PHYS 1416 General Physics I OR PHYS 2413 Principles of Physics I
PHYS 1417 General Physics II OR PHYS 2423 Principles of Physics II
GOVT 1313 Introduction to Government
GOVT 2313 American and Texas Government
PSYC 1313 General Psychology
PSYC 2301 Introductory Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences OR MATH 3304 Introductory Statistics for the Life Sciences
COMM 1323 Rhetoric and Public Speaking
Fine Arts: 3 hours

Pre-Physical Therapy Program

This is a guide to the most frequently required courses. Not all courses will be required by all physical therapy schools. Pre-Physical Therapy prerequisite courses may change at any time without notice to Houston Baptist University. Some of the listed courses may have prerequisite requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to check often with the professional School for any updates.

Since programs vary in entrance requirements, students should confirm the specific admission requirements for each school. The requirements below are representative of most programs.

Physical Therapy School Requirements
BIOL 2241 Medical Terminology
BIOL 2454 General Biology I
BIOL 2455 General Biology II
BIOL 3301 Cellular and Molecular Biology
BIOL 3454 General Physiology
BIOL 3456 Advanced Human Anatomy
CHEM 2415 General Chemistry I
CHEM 2416 General Chemistry II
COMM 1323 Rhetoric and Public Speaking
MATH Varies by School
PHYS 1416 General Physics I OR PHYS 2413 Principles of Physics I
PHYS 1417 General Physics II OR PHYS 2423 Principles of Physics II
PSYC 1313 General Psychology
PSYC 2301 Introductory Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences OR MATH 3304 Introductory Statistics for the Life Sciences
PSYC 2364 Abnormal Psychology OR PSYC 3313 Human Growth and Development
SOCI 1313 Principles of Sociology
WRIT 3345 Technical Writing

Pre-Physician Assistant Program

Students who plan to enter the field of Physician Assistant may complete the prerequisite courses at Houston Baptist University before applying for admission to a Physician Assistant program.

This is a guide to the most frequently required courses. Not all courses will be required by all physician assistant schools. Pre-Physician Assistant prerequisite courses may change at any time without notice to Houston Baptist University. Some of the listed courses may have prerequisite requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to check often with the professional school for any updates.

Physician Assistant School Requirements
BIOL 2241 Medical Terminology-Recommended
BIOL 2454 General Biology I
BIOL 2455 General Biology II
BIOL 3301 Cellular and Molecular Biology
BIOL 3414 Microbiology
BIOL 3444 Genetics
BIOL 3454 General Physiology
BIOL 3456 Advanced Human Anatomy
BIOL 4464 Immunology
CHEM 2415 General Chemistry I
CHEM 2416 General Chemistry II
CHEM 3131 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 3313 Organic Chemistry I
ENGL 1313 Composition and Literature I
MATH 1313 College Algebra
PSYC 1313 General Psychology
PSYC 2301 Introductory Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences or MATH 3304 Introductory Statistics for the Life Sciences
PSYC 2364 Abnormal Psychology OR PSYC 3313 Human Growth and Development