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  • Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computing

    Allied Health Program - Physical Therapy

    The Physical Therapy cooperative program between Saint Vincent College and Duquesne University School of Health Sciences is a six-year doctoral program. Upon successful completion of the fourth year, students who have not already earned a Bachelor’s degree will be awarded a Bachelor of Science in Biology or Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts from Saint Vincent College. Upon successful completion of the sixth year, students will be awarded a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Duquesne University.

    Typical First-Year Schedule

    Fall Semester
    BL 150 General Biology I - 3 credits
    BL 151 General Biology I Laboratory - 1 credit
    CH 101 General Chemistry I - 3 credits 
    CH 103 General Chemistry I Laboratory - 1 credit 
    TH 119 First Theology - 3 credits 
    Intermediate Foreign Language - 3 credits 
    HI— History Elective (100 level) - 3 credits 
    First-Year Seminar - 1 credit 
    Total Fall 18

    All students will take one course designated as a First-Year Seminar which will satisfy a Core Curriculum requirement.

    Spring Semester
    BL 152 General Biology II - 3 credits
    BL 153 General Biology II Laboratory - 1 credit 
    CH 102 General Chemistry II - 3 credits
    CH 104 General Chemistry II Laboratory - 1 credit 
    EL 102 Language and Rhetoric - 3 credits
    Intermediate Foreign Language - 3 credits
    HI— History Elective (200 level) - 3 credits
    Total Spring 17

    Typical Sophomore Year Schedule

    Fall Semester
    BL 208 Cell Biology - 3 credits
    BL 209 Cell Biology Laboratory - 1 credit
    CH 221 Organic Chemistry I - 3 credits
    CH 223 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory - 1 credit 
    PL 101 First Philosophy - 3 credits
    TH 280 Catholic Bioethics - 3 credits
    MA 109 Calculus I - 4 credits
    Total Fall 18

    Spring Semester BL 212 Microbiology - 3 credits
    BL 213 Microbiology Laboratory - 1 credit
    CH 222 Organic Chemistry II - 3 credits
    CH 223 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory - 1 credit 
    PY 100 Introduction to Psychology - 3 credits
    MA 110 Calculus II - 4 credits 
    PL— Philosophy Elective - 3 credits
    Total Spring 18

    Typical Junior Year Schedule

    Fall Semester
    BL 220 Comparative Anatomy - 3 credits
    BL 221 Comparative Anatomy Laboratory - 1 credit 
    or
    BL 232 Ecology - 3 credits
    BL 233 Ecology Laboratory - 1 credit
    PH 111 General Physics I - 3 credits
    PH 113 General Physics I Laboratory - 1 credit 
    PY 203 Statistics I - 3 credits
    EL— Literature Elective - 3 credits
    TH— Theology Elective - 3 credits
    Total Fall 17

    Spring Semester
    BL 234 Evolution - 3 credits
    BL 235 Evolution Laboratory - 1 credit
    or
    BL 236 Biology of Environmental Disturbances - 3 credits
    BL 237 Biology of Environmental Disturbances Laboratory - 1 credit 
    or
    BL 224 Mammalian Physiology - 3 credits
    BL 225 Mammalian Physiology Laboratory - 1 credit 
    PH 112 General Physics II - 3 credits
    PH 114 General Physics II Laboratory - 1 credit 
    BL 301 Junior Research Seminar - 2 credits 
    EL— English Elective (Literature) - 3 credits
    Total Spring 16

    Summer Semester
    BL 302 Research Project - 2 credits 
    BL 303 Research Thesis - 1 credit 

    The remaining three years are to be completed at Duquesne University.

    Typical First-Year Schedule

    Fall Semester
    First Year Seminar - 1 credit
    BL 150 General Biology I - 3 credits
    BL 151 General Biology Laboratory I - 1 credit 
    CH 101 General Chemistry I - 3 credits
    CH 103 General Chemistry I Laboratory - 1  credit
    TH 119 Exploring Religious Meaning - 3 credits
    or
    EL 102 Language and Rhetoric - 3 credits
    Intermediate Foreign Language - 3 credits
    Total Fall 15

    All students will take one course designated as a First-Year Seminar which will satisfy a Core Curriculum requirement.

    Spring Semester
    BL 152 General Biology II - 3 credits
    BL 153 General Biology II Laboratory - 1 credit 
    CH 102 General Chemistry II - 3 credits
    CH 104 General Chemistry II Laboratory - 1 credit 
    TH 119 Exploring Religious Meaning - 3 credits
    or
    EL 102 Language and Rhetoric - 3 credits
    Intermediate Foreign Language - 3 credits
    HI— History Elective (100 Level) - 3 credits
    Total Spring 17

    Typical Sophomore Year Schedule

    Fall Semester
    BL 208 Cell Biology - 3 credits
    BL 209 Cell Biology Laboratory - 1 credit 
    PY 100 Introduction to Psychology - 3 credits
    PL 101 1st Philosophy - 3 credits
    TH— Theology Elective - 3 credits
    MA 109 Calculus I - 4 credits 
    Total Fall 17

    Spring Semester
    BL— Biology Elective - 3 credits
    BL— Biology Elective - 1 credit 
    MA 110 Calculus II - 4 credits 
    PY— Psychology Elective - 3 credits
    EL— English Elective - 3 credits
    HI— 200 Level History - 3 credits
    Total Spring 17

    Typical Junior Year Schedule

    Fall Semester
    PL— Philosophy - 3 credits
    PH 111 General Physics I - 3 credits
    PH 113 General Physics Lab I - 1 credit 
    LA 200 Methods and Techniques of Research - 3 credits
    PY 203 Statistics - 3 credits
    PY— Psychology - 3 credits
    TH 280 Catholic Bioethics - 3 credits
    Total Fall 19

    Spring Semester
    AN 222 Cultural Anthropology - 3 credits
    PH 112 General Physics II - 3 credits
    PH 114 General Physics II - 1 credit 
    LA 250 Junior Seminar - 3 credits
    PY— Psychology Elective - 3 credits
    EL— English Elective (Literature) - 3 credits
    Total Spring 16

    Summer Semester
    LA 350 Independent Study - 3 credits
    Total Credits at Saint Vincent 104
    Senior Year (First Year at Duquesne)

    24 additional credits to satisfy requirements for the BA in Liberal Arts
    Four (4) credits at Duquesne to satisfy requirements for Biology minor
    Three (3) credits at Duquesne (435) Psychology of Illness and Disability to satisfy requirements for Psychology Concentration.

    • Completion of High School Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Pre-Calculus. 
    • A Minimum of 1100 SAT score (Math & verbal reasoning).