B.S. in Biology/Doctor of Podiatric Medicine


Seven-year Program

(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:
  • Completion of all FDU curriculum requirements, including the general education requirements and the degree program requirements for the major and all prerequisite courses required for admission to New York College of Podiatric Medicine. Students need to obtain a grade of C or higher in required courses;
  • A grade point ratio (GPR) of 3.00 or higher;
  • Submission of a satisfactory Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) score (at least equal to the current minimum) in a timely fashion;
  • A satisfactory evaluation in a personal interview;
  • At least three letters of evaluation;
  • Students currently enrolled at FDU who seek admission to the combined degree program must apply to the School of Natural Sciences, University College: Arts • Sciences • Professional Studies, Metropolitan Campus, Teaneck, N.J., prior to the completion of 60 credit hours at FDU or at least one year before the anticipated date of matriculation at New York College of Podiatric Medicine; and
  • Students enrolled in the combined degree program who decide to complete the B.S. degree at FDU prior to entering New York College of Podiatric Medicine must make this known to their school director or department chair prior to the completion of 60 credits at FDU or at least one year before the anticipated date of matriculation at New York College of Podiatric Medicine.
Prepodiatry Curriculum
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
CHEM1201     General Chemistry I
CHEM1203     General Chemistry Lab I
ENWR1101     Academic Writing
FRSH1000       Freshman Seminar
MATH2337      Applied Statistics I
CSCI1105         Computers & Comp Software

2nd Semester (18 credits)

BIOL1252/BIOL1254     General Biology II and Lab
CHEM1202     General Chemistry II
CHEM1204     General Chemistry Lab II
ENWR1102     Academic Research & Writing
CORE3004      Global Issues
Math 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
Math 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
BIOL2210/BIOL2211     Genetics and Lab
PHYS2203     University Physics I
PHYS2201     General Physics Lab I
BIOL6900        Biology Seminar I
BIOL4405        Ethics in Science

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