Health Professions Cooperative Degree

Jim Nichols, Advisor for Biology Track    
ACU Box 27868
Abilene, Texas 79699-7868
Foster Science Building, Room 477

Phone: 325-674-2188
Fax: 325-674-2009
Email: nicholsj@acu.edu
Web: www.acu.edu/biology

Kim Pamplin, Advisor for Biochemistry Track
ACU Box 28132
Abilene, Texas 79699-8132
Foster Science Building, Room 256

Phone: 325-674-2176
Fax: 325-674-6988
Email: pamplin@acu.edu
Web: www.acu.edu/chemistry

 Introduction
The Department of Biology and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offer the BS degree in cooperation with some professional schools. In this program a bachelor’s degree is awarded to certain qualified students who have satisfactorily completed three years of prescribed work at ACU plus one year at a recognized professional school. Students in the cooperative degree program are advised by the advisors for health professions as well as a departmental advisor in either the Department of Biology or the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Two tracks are available for students pursuing this program: a biology track and a biochemistry track.

 

BS: HEALTH PROFESSIONS COOPERATIVE DEGREE PLAN (HPCO) - BIOLOGY AND BIOCHEMISTRY TRACKS  
UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS  

Please see the University Requirements section of this catalog (page 38).  HPCO degree plans only require 12 hours of Bible and 54 hours of university core.

 
CHOOSE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING TRACKS:
BIOLOGY OR BIOCHEMISTRY
 
MAJOR AND SUPPLEMENT REQUIREMENTS – BIOLOGY TRACK (BIOL)  

Biology

    BIOL 112 General Biology I 

    BIOL 114 General Biology I Lab 

    BIOL 113/115 General Biology II Lecture/Lab  

    BIOL 221/223 Animal Biology Lecture/Lab or

         BIOL 222/224 Plant Biology Lecture/Lab  

    BIOL 312 Cell Biology  

    BIOL 497 Seminar in Biology (capstone and writing-intensive course)

    Advanced Biology   

Chemistry

    CHEM 133 General Chemistry I 

    CHEM 131 General Chemistry I Lab  

    CHEM 132/134 General Chemistry II Lecture/Lab  

    CHEM 221/223 Organic Chemistry I Lecture/Lab  

    CHEM 322/324 Organic Chemistry II Lecture/Lab  

    Advanced Chemistry  

Mathematics*

    MATH 124 Precalculus II or MATH 185 Calculus I  

*Calculus is required for students in pre-medicine and pre-veterinary 
medicine and is recommended for pre-dentistry students. 

Physics 

    PHYS 110/111 General Physics I Lecture/Lab  

    PHYS 112/113 General Physics II Lecture/Lab  

TOTAL  

1Hours (in parentheses) may also fulfill university requirements 
and are not included in total major hours

 

(3)¹

1

4

 

4

3

3

8

 

(3)¹

1

4

4

4

3

 

(3)¹

 



4

4

47

 

 

MAJOR AND SUPPLEMENT REQUIREMENTS – BIOCHEMISTRY TRACK (BCHP)  

Chemistry

    CHEM 133 General Chemistry I  

    CHEM 131 General Chemistry I Lab 

    CHEM 132/134 General Chemistry II Lecture/Lab  

    CHEM 221/223 Organic Chemistry I Lecture/Lab  

    CHEM 322/324 Organic Chemistry II Lecture/Lab  

    CHEM 355 Analytical Chemistry I or

         CHEM 356 Analytical Chemistry II 

    CHEM 423 Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminar 

    CHEM 453/463 Biochemistry I Lecture/Lab 

    CHEM 454/464 Biochemistry II Lecture/Lab 

Biology

    BIOL 112 General Biology I   

    BIOL 114 General Biology I Lab  

    BIOL 113/115 General Biology II Lecture/Lab  

    BIOL 312 Cell Biology  

    Advanced Biology  

Mathematics

    MATH 131 Calculus for Application  

Physics

    PHYS 110/111 General Physics I Lecture/Lab  

    PHYS 112/113 General Physics II Lecture/Lab  

TOTAL  

1Hours (in parentheses) may also fulfill university requirements 
and are not included in total major hours

 

(3)¹

1

4

4

4

 

4

3

4

4

 

(3)¹

1

4

3

3

 

(3)¹

 

4

4

47

ELECTIVES  

General electives (may include deficiency). Courses in psychology, sociology, economics, and government are recommended. Pre-veterinary students should take courses in animal science and nutrition and 6 hours of political science.

Minimum (Biology Track) 

Minimum (Biochemistry Track) 

 
 
 

3

3

TOTAL MAJOR HOURS (Biology Track) 

TOTAL MAJOR HOURS (Biochemistry track) 

50

50

PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL REQUIREMENT  
ACU awards the bachelor’s degree to certain qualified students who have satisfactorily completed three years of prescribed work at ACU (a minimum of 104 hours) plus one year at a recognized professional school. Students in the cooperative degree program are advised by the advisors for health professions and an advisor in the Department of Biology or the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.  
OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  

Minimum GPA in major  

Minimum GPA for graduation  

Minimum total hours (Biology Track)  

Minimum total hours (Biochemistry Track) 

Courses numbered 0** do not count in
minimum hours required for degree.

2.00

2.00

103

104

 

 

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