B.S. in Biology/Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
(with New York College of Podiatric Medicine)
This accelerated, combined degree program provides qualified students the opportunity to complete a baccalaureate degree and a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.) degree in seven years, one year less than the normal span of eight years.The bachelor’s degree (B.S. in biology) is awarded by Fairleigh Dickinson University and the doctoral degree (D.P.M.) by New York College of Podiatric Medicine. Students are admitted at FDU as incoming freshmen or qualified transfer students. They may apply for the B.S. degree upon successful completion of six semesters at FDU, including the courses listed below, and the first year of study (three semesters) at New York College of Podiatric Medicine. A maximum of 32 credits from New York College of Podiatric Medicine may be transferred toward completion of the B.S. degree at FDU.
|Admission to the Combined Degree Program|
High school seniors who satisfy the requirements for admission to the FDU preprofessional program may apply for admission to the combined degree program.
All applicants for admission to the combined degree program must satisfy secondary school preparation in English, mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics. The high school grade point average (GPA) and rank in class, along with letters of recommendation from high school teachers, will be of primary importance in evaluating applicants’ credentials.Applicants are required to submit scores in the verbal and mathematical components of the SAT. After preliminary screening of the applications by the FDU Office of Admissions, qualified applicants will be invited for an interview with the FDU/New York College of Podiatric Medicine Joint Admissions Committee.
|Combined Degree Program Requirements|
|While enrolled at FDU, students are required to follow the accelerated preprofessional curriculum in biology and are expected to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point ratio of 3.25 or higher in all course work and a minimum of C in all science and mathematics courses.|
|Qualifying for Enrollment at New York College of Podiatric Medicine|
Qualified students enrolled in the combined degree program will be guaranteed a seat at New York College of Podiatric Medicine for training in podiatry. To qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
|Under the provisions of the prepodiatry program, students matriculate in the School of Natural Sciences of University College: Arts • Sciences • Professional Studies, Metropolitan Campus, for a minimum of 96 credits of course work leading to the B.S. in biology (preprofessional option). The curriculum is as follows:|
|1st Semester||(18 credits)|
BIOL1251/BIOL1253 General Biology I and Lab
|2nd Semester||(18 credits)|
|3rd Semester||(16 credits)|
|4th Semester||(15 credits)|
|5th Semester||(16 credits)|
|6th Semester||(16 credits)|