B.S. in Biology/Doctor of Chiropractic


This accelerated, combined degree program enables students to earn both baccalaureate and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees in just six years and four months—a full year less than the normal study time of seven years and four months. Students can choose to attend undergraduate classes on either of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s New Jersey campuses.

The bachelor’s degree is awarded by the University and the Doctor of Chiropractic degree is awarded by a participating Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE)- accredited College of Chiropractic. To date, the University has affiliations with New York Chiropractic College, Seneca Falls, N.Y.; Logan University, Chesterfield, Mo.; Life Chiropractic College West, San Lorenzo, Calif.; Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport, Iowa; and Western States Chiropractic College, Portland, Ore.

Students are admitted into FDU’s combined degree program as incoming freshmen or qualified transfer students. The B.S. degree is awarded after the students completes six semesters (three years) at FDU (including the courses listed on the next pages or their approved equivalent), completes the first two trimesters of study at a participating chiropractic college with grades of C or better and is accepted into the third trimester. Up to 32 credits accepted in transfer toward completion of B.S. degree requirements will be selected from appropriate graduate-level courses offered by a participating chiropractic college.
Specific Course Requirements
Under the provisions of the prechiropractic program on the Metropolitan Campus, Teaneck, New Jersey, students matriculate in the School of Natural Sciences, University College: Arts • Sciences • Professional Studies for a minimum of 96 credits of course work leading to the B.S. in biology (preprofessional degree option), including the following courses:
1st Semester (18 credits)

BIOL1251/BIOL1253     General Biology I and Lab
CHEM1201     General Chemistry I
CHEM1203     General Chemistry Lab I
CSCI1105        Computers & Comp Software
ENWR1101     Academic Writing
FRSH1000       Freshman Seminar
MATH2337     Applied Statistics I

2nd Semester (18 credits)

BIOL1252/BIOL1254     General Biology II and Lab
CHEM1202     General Chemistry II
CHEM1204     General Chemistry Lab II
CORE3004      Global Issues
ENWR1102     Academic Research & Writing
1Math Sequence

3rd Semester (16 credits)

BIOL2250/BIOL2150     Ecology & Field Biology and Lab
CHEM2261     Organic Chemistry I
CHEM2263     Organic Chemistry Lab I
ENGL2201      Masterpieces of World Lit. I
1Math Sequence

4th Semester (15 credits)

BIOL2237/BIOL2239     Human Structure & Function and Lab
CHEM2262     Organic Chemistry II
CHEM2264     Organic Chemistry Lab II
ENGL2202      Masterpieces of World Lit. II
CORE1001     Perspectives on the Indiv

5th Semester (16 credits)

BIOL3225/BIOL3226     General Microbiology and Lab
BIOL3210/BIOL3211     Genetics and Lab
BIOL4405       Ethics in Science
BIOL6900       Biology Seminar I
PHYS2203     University Physics I
PHYS2201     General Physics Lab I

6th Semester (16 credits)

BIOL3345        Molecular Genetics
CHEM3281     Biochemistry I
CORE2003     Cross-Cultural Perspectives
PHYS2204      University Physics II
PHYS2202      General Physics Lab II
SPCH1155      Public Speaking

Course work to be completed at FDU prior to entering chiropractic college (96 credits)
Credits to be transferred to FDU from chiropractic college  (32 credits)
Total Degree Requirements (128 credits)