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Curriculum

Required Coursework

In addition to courses needed to complete a baccalaureate degree at NMSU, OMPP students are also required to earn a grade of B or better in the following courses to fulfill the requirements of the program.

Course Semester hours
* Laboratory credits are required with science courses without exception.
** BCOM Faculty recommends that the elective be one of the advanced coursework sciences, seen below. Students who have a stronger biological sciences foundation have been shown to be more successful in their transition to medical school studies.
2 BIOLOGY courses with labs * 8
2 CHEMISTRY General/Inorganic courses w/ labs * 8
2 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY courses with labs * 8
2 PHYSICS courses with labs * 8
2 ENGLISH courses 6
1 SCIENCE course elective ** 3
Biochemistry Cell Biology Genetics
Human Anatomy Physiology Immunology
Microbiology Neuroscience Behavioral Science

Course Timeline

Below is a suggested timeline for completion of the OMPP course requirements within 8 semesters. OMPP students will meet with the Program Coordinator each semester to evaluate course progress. Keep in mind that taking only the OMPP requirements listed for each term will not be sufficient for the 15 earned credits requirement and will likely not be sufficient to earn a baccalaureate degree within 8 semesters.

First Pre-Professional Year

First Semester

Course Credits
* OMPP required course.
† Suggestion for NMSU degree completion. (Consult with your academic advisor to create an academic plan for timely degree completion.)
‡ Recommended.
ENGL 111G: Rhetoric and Composition * 4
BIOL 111G: Natural History of Life * 3
BIOL 111GL: Natural History of Life Laboratory * 1
UNIV 150: Freshman Year Experience * (required in first term with LLC) 3
MATH 121G (depends upon placement/major) † 3
Area V: PHIL 101G, 201G or 223G † 3
Total Hours 17

Second Semester

Course Credits
* OMPP required course.
† Suggestion for NMSU degree completion. (Consult with your academic advisor to create an academic plan for timely degree completion.)
‡ Recommended.
CHEM 111G: General Chemistry I w/ Lab * 4
BIOL 211G: Cellular & Organismal Biology * 3
BIOL 211GL: Cellular & Organismal Biology Lab * 1
PSY 201G: Introduction to Psychology † 3
COMM 265, HON 265G or AXED 201G † 3
Area V † 3
Total Hours 17

Second Pre-Professional Year

First Semester

Course Credits
* OMPP required course.
† Suggestion for NMSU degree completion. (Consult with your academic advisor to create an academic plan for timely degree completion.)
‡ Recommended.
CHEM 112G: General Chemistry II w/Lab * 4
ENGL 218G: Technical and Scientific Comm. * 3
PHYS 211G: General Physics I * 3
PHYS 211GL: General Physics I Lab * 1
Area IV † 3
Second Language or Elective † 3
Total Hours 17

Second Semester

Course Credits
* OMPP required course.
† Suggestion for NMSU degree completion. (Consult with your academic advisor to create an academic plan for timely degree completion.)
‡ Recommended.
CHEM 313: Organic Chemistry I * 3
PHYS 212G: General Physics II * 3
PHYS 212GL: General Physics II Lab * 1
BIOL 305: Principles of Genetics ‡ 3
Area IV † 3
Second Language or Elective † 3
Total Hours 16

Third Pre-Professional Year

First Semester

Course Credits
* OMPP required course.
† Suggestion for NMSU degree completion. (Consult with your academic advisor to create an academic plan for timely degree completion.)
‡ BCOM recommended.
CHEM 314: Organic Chemistry II * 3
CHEM 315L: Organic Chemistry Lab * 2
BIOL 353: Human Anatomy ‡ 4
BIOL 353L: Human Anatomy Lab ‡ 1
BIOL 311: General Microbiology ‡ 3
BIOL 311L: General Microbiology Lab ‡ 2
Total Hours 15

Second Semester

Course Credits
* OMPP required course.
† Suggestion for NMSU degree completion. (Consult with your academic advisor to create an academic plan for timely degree completion.)
‡ Recommended.
BCHE 395: Biochemistry ‡ 3
BIOL 354: Human Physiology ‡ 3
BIOL 354L: Human Physiology Lab ‡ 1
PSY 317: Social Psychology ‡ 3
STAT 251/A ST 311: Statistics for Bus. & Behavior Sci. † 3
Elective † 3
Total Hours 16

Fourth Pre-Professional Year

First Semester

Course Credits
* OMPP required course.
† Suggestion for NMSU degree completion. (Consult with your academic advisor to create an academic plan for timely degree completion.)
‡ Recommended.
BIOL 377: Cell Biology ‡ 3
BIOL 474: Immunology ‡ 3
BIOL 490: Neurobiology ‡ 3
PSY 342: Cognitive Neuroscience ‡ 3
Elective † 3
Total Hours 15

Second Semester

Course Credits
* OMPP required course.
† Suggestion for NMSU degree completion. (Consult with your academic advisor to create an academic plan for timely degree completion.)
‡ Recommended.
BIOL 479: Medical Microbiology ‡ 3
BIOL 479L: Medical Microbology Lab‡ 1
Elective † 3
Elective † 3
Elective † 3
Elective † 3
Total Hours 16