Accelerated B.S. Biology/Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) Program

This option allows a limited number of well-qualified students to finish their baccalaureate degree in biology after completing the first year of the graduate level physical therapist educational program. Foundational science coursework taken during the first year of physical therapy curriculum satisfies the B.S. in Biology degree’s elective course work.

Students complete a minimum of 110 semester credit hours and most requirements for their bachelor’s degree over the first three years of their undergraduate program including courses needed for the major and university core requirements. In addition, students complete all courses needed to fulfill the physical therapy program’s prerequisites. This may require, because of course offering rotations, that accelerated degree program students attend classes during two summers.

B.S. in Biology Requirements

Division of Mathematics and Sciences



BIO 101T1:Principles of Biology I3
BIO 101LPrinciples of Biology I: Lab1
BIO 102Principles of Biology II3
BIO 102LPrinciples of Biology II: Lab1
BIO 206Microbiology3
BIO 206LMicrobiology: Lab1
BIO 209Anatomy/Physiology I3
BIO 209LAnatomy/Physiology I: Lab1
BIO 210Anatomy/Physiology II3
BIO 210LAnatomy/Physiology II: Lab1
BIO 309Human Physiology4
BIO Upper Level Elective (300-level or higher)3
CHEM 101T1: Principles of Chemistry I3
CHEM 101LPrinciples of Chemistry I: Lab1
CHEM 102Principles of Chemistry II3
CHEM 102LPrinciples of Chemistry II:Lab1
CHEM 201Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 201LOrganic Chemistry I: Lab1
CHEM 202Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 202LOrganic Chemistry II: Lab1
Select one of the following: *5-6
Elementary Functions I
and Elementary Functions II
Calculus I
MATH 221Statistics3
PHYS 101Principles of Physics I *3
PHYS 101LPrinciples of Physics I: Lab *1
PHYS 102Principles of Physics II3
PHYS 102LPrinciples of Physics II: Lab1
PSYC 120T1:Principles of Psychology *3
PSYC 210DV:T1:Human Devel Across Lifes3
EXS 381Physiology of Exercise3
Fourth-year Biology/Physical Therapy Foundational Science
PT 503Human Anatomy6
or PT 603 Human Anatomy
PT 504Foundations of Neuroscience4
or PT 604 Foundations of Neuroscience
PT 506Foundations of Pharmacology2
or PT 606 Foundations of Pharmacology
PT 511Foundations of Clin Science4
or PT 611 Foundations of Clin Science
PT 5151A/6151ABiomechanics I2
PT 5151B/6151BBiomechanics II2
Total Hours88-89

*Six (6) Credit Hours of Math and eight (8) Credit Hours Lab Science also fulfills core requirements.  

If a student places into MATH 156, then they only  need to complete MATH 156 to fulfill the math requirement.  If a student places into MATH 207, then they must take MATH 207 for this major.  If MATH 221 is required, it must still be taken.  Incoming students need to place into MATH 104 in order to enroll in BIO 101 and MATH 155 to enroll in CHEM 101.

Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) Requirements

Division of Health Sciences

Refer to Graduate Catalog

Admission to the Accelerated B.S. Biology/Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) Program:

Freshman admission1

Prospective freshman applicants must meet two of the following three academic criteria:

  • High school GPA of 3.5 or higher;
  • Minimum ACT score of 27 or SAT score of 1100,
  • Graduate in the top 10% of their high school class.

In addition, freshman applicants must:

  • Complete an accelerated degree program application form,
  • Submit a writing sample,
  • Interview with science and physical therapy faculty members.
Students in the accelerated degree program (B.S. Biology/Doctor of Physical Therapy) must follow all undergraduate and graduate academic policies and procedures including changes with the graduate program.

Applicants accepted into the accelerated degree program are also provisionally accepted into the physical therapy program.

Conditions of provisional acceptance include completion of prerequisite courses with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher; completion of all courses taken over the first six semesters and those taken during summer sessions at a 3.0 GPA or higher; and, completion of all other admission requirements (except the bachelor’s degree) by the time the student enrolls in the first semester of the physical therapist educational program.