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General StudiesFifth-graders from Roosevelt Elementary in Scottsbluff, Neb., head toward the planetarium at Chadron State College's Math and Science Building March 8, 2009. The students visited Chadron State as part of a program designed to give minorities a taste of college life. (Photo by Daniel Binkard/Chadron State College)

The Essential Studies requirements for Chadron State College are available on a separate page for easy reference.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete a program of study from the Department of Physical and Life Sciences:

  • Will be able to consistently apply logical reasoning and critical thinking, not constrained by convention or prejudice.
  • Will be fluent in the foundations of knowledge needed for tomorrow's scientists and teachers of science.
  • Will have acquired, through knowledge and study, a sense of appreciation of our world.
  • Will possess the skills of inquiry and study needed to understand the true nature of the universe.

Rural Health Opportunities Program

The Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP) is a cooperative program between Chadron State College (CSC) and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). The purpose of the program is to recruit and educate traditional and non-traditional students from rural Nebraska who will return to practice in the rural areas of the state. This program represents a commitment and dedication to the education of Nebraskans and to provide quality health care to the citizens of the state. RHOP currently has options in medicine, dentistry, dental hygiene, pharmacy, medical technology, physical therapy, nursing, physician assistant, and radiography. Admission into each option of the program is competitive. Each participant accepted into the program receives automatic admission into the designated professional program upon successful completion of the appropriate curriculum at CSC. For information, application forms, admissions criteria, criteria for evaluation of progress in the program, and programs of study please contact the Health Professions Office at CSC.

Options

Clinical Laboratory Science

Includes three years of study at CSC, three months of study in the student clinical laboratory at UNMC in Omaha or Kearney, Nebraska, and nine months of clinical laboratory experiences in Omaha or at selected clinical sites in central and western Nebraska. The student will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from UNMC upon successful completion of this four year program.

Number Course Title Hours
Math
MATH 142 College Algebra 4
MATH 232 Applied Statistics 3
Biology
BIOL 139/139L General Zoology & Lab 3
BIOL 225 Cellular Biology 3
BIOL 240/240L Anatomy & Phys I & Lab 4
BIOL 242/242L Anatomy & Phys II & Lab 4
BIOL 332 Genetics 3
BIOL 341/341L Microbiology & Lab 4
BIOL 323/323L Basic Hematology & Lab 2
BIOL 343/343L Parasitology & Lab* 3
BIOL 412 Biotechnology 3
BIOL 430 Immunology 3
BIOL 456/456L Pathogenic Micro. & Lab 3
Chemistry
CHEM 131/131L College Chem. I & Lab 4
CHEM 132/132L College Chem. II & Lab 5
CHEM 231/231L Intro to Org Chem. & Lab 4
CHEM 335/335L Biochemistry & Lab 4
CHEM 341/341L Quant Analysis & Lab 4
Essential Studies
ES 2 Composition I & II 6
ES 3 Communications 3
ES 7 Humanities 6
Social Science
SOC 231 Intro to Sociology 3
PYSC 131 Gen Psych 3
PHIL 432 or 433 Ethics or Biomedical Ethics 3
Electives
Electives 9
  3
Minimum hours at CSC 125

*BIOL 343 is only taught in the fall of even number years. For odd number years, please see advisor.

**Students with ACT Math score less than 21 are required to take College Algebra prior to CHEM 131; students who did not take high school chemistry are required to take CHEM 121 prior to taking CHEM 131.

PLEASE NOTE: This is for informational purposes only. For class schedules & for courses required for admission into specific CLS programs, please see your advisor.

Dental Hygiene

Includes two years of coursework at CSC and two years of professional study at the Program in Dental Hygiene, College of Dentistry, West Division in Scottsbluff, NE. Upon successful completion of this four year program, a student will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from UNMC.

Number Course Title Hours
Biology
BIOL 139/139L General Zoology & Lab 3
BIOL 225 Cellular Biology 3
BIOL 240/240L Anatomy & Phys I & Lab 4
BIOL 241/241L Anatomy & Phys II & Lab 4
BIOL 341/341L Microbiology & Lab 4
Chemistry
CHEM 140/140L Intro. to Chemistry & Lab 4
CHEM 231/231L Intro. to Org. Chem & Lab 4
Communications
ENG 233 Elements of Literature 3
Social Sciences
SOC 231 Intro. to Sociology 3
PSYC 131 General Psychology 3
Essential Studies
ES 2 Composition I & II 6
ES 3 Communications 3
ES 7 Humanities 6
Family Consumer Science
FCS 247 Nutrition 3
Electives* (choose from the following areas) 12
English, Humanities, Psychology or Sociology

* Electives must be chosen from the same area.

PLEASE NOTE: This is for informational purposes only. For class schedules & for courses required for admission into specific dental hygiene programs, please see your advisor.

Dentistry

Includes four years of study at CSC followed by four years of professional education at the College of Dentistry at UNMC. The student will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology from CSC.

Number Course Title Hours
Biology
BIOL 138/138L General Botany & Lab 3
BIOL 139/139L General Zoology & Lab 3
BIOL 225 Cellular Biology 3
BIOL 340/340L Human Anatomy & Lab 4
BIOL 332 Genetics 3
BIOL 341/341L Microbiology and Lab 4
BIOL 342/342L Human Physiology & Lab 4
BIOL 456/456L Pathogenic Micro & Lab 3
BIOL 311 Biology Seminar I 1
BIOL 411 Biology Seminar II 1
BIOL 430 Immunology 3
BIOL 432/432L Molecular Biology and Lab 3
BIOL 449 Molecular Biology of the Cell 3
BIOL 458 Evolution 3
Chemistry
CHEM 131/131L College Chem. I & Lab 4
CHEM 132/132L College Chem. II & Lab 4
CHEM 333/333L Organic Chem. I & Lab 4
CHEM 334/334L Organic Chem. II & Lab 4
CHEM 335 Biochemistry & Lab 4
Essential Studies
ES 1 First Year Inquiry 6
ES 2 Composition I & II 6
ES 3 Communications 3
ES 4 Applied Calculus/Statistics 6
ES 5 Fine Arts 3
ES 7 Ethics 3
ES 8 Social Sciences 3
ES 9 Social Responsibility 3
ES 10 Aging & Death 3
ES 11 Health & Wellness 3
ES 12 Capstone 6
Physics
PHYS 251/251L Physics I and Lab 5
PHYS 252/252L Physics II and Lab 5
Psychology
PSYC 131 General Psychology 3
SOC 231 Sociology 3
 
Minimum hours at CSC 125

PLEASE NOTE: This is for informational purposes only. For class schedules & for courses required for admission into specific dentistry programs, please see your advisor.

Medicine

Includes four years of study at CSC followed by four years of professional education at the College of Medicine at UNMC. The student will follow a prescribed four-year program of study at CSC that will satisfy the requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology from CSC. The M.D. degree will be awarded by UNMC upon successful completion of the professional program.

Number Course Title Hours
Biology
BIOL 138/138L General Botany & Lab 3
BIOL 139/139L Gen Zoology & Lab 3
BIOL 225 Cellular Biology  3
BIOL 332   Genetics  3
BIOL 341/341L   Microbiology & Lab  4
BIOL 340/340L   Human Anatomy I & Lab  4
BIOL 342/342L   Human Anatomy II & Lab  4
BIOL 430   Immunology  3
BIOL 456/456L   Pathogenic Micro & Lab  3
BIOL 311   Biology Seminar I  1
BIOL 411   Biology Seminar II  1
BIOL 432/432L   Developmental Bio & Lab  3
BIOL 449   Molecular Biology  3
BIOL 458   Evolution  3
Chemistry
CHEM 131/131L  College Chem I & Lab   4
CHEM 132/132L  College Chem II & Lab   4
CHEM 333/333L  Organic Chem I & Lab   4
CHEM 334/334L  Organic Chem II & Lab   4
CHEM 335  Biochemistry & Lab   4
Essential Studies
ES 1  First Year Inquiry   6
ES 2   Composition I & II  6
ES 3   Communications  3
ES 4   Applied Statistics/Calculus  6
ES 5   Fine Arts  3
ES 7   Ethics  3
ES 8   Social Sciences  3
ES 9   Social Responsibility  3
ES 10   Aging & Death  3
ES 11   Health & Wellness  3
ES 12   Capstone  6
Psychology
PSYC 131  Gen Psychology   3
SOC 231   Sociology  3
Physics
PHYS 251/251L  Physics I & Lab   5
PHYS 252/252L  Physics II & Lab   5
Minimum hours at CSC 125

PLEASE NOTE: This is for informational purposes only.  For class schedules & for courses required for admission into specific professional programs, please see your advisor.

Pre-Nursing

Includes one and a half years to two academic years of coursework at CSC, and five semesters of professional study at the Scottsbluff Campus of the UNMC College of Nursing. Upon completion of this program, a student will receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from UNMC.

Number Course Title Hours
Biology
BIOL 139/139L or BIOL 138/138L or BIOL 221

General Zoology & Lab or Botany & Lab or Medical Terminology

3, 3 , 2
BIOL 225 Cellular Biology 3
BIOL 240/240L Anatomy & Physiology I 4
BIOL 241/241L Anatomy & Physiology II 4
BIOL 341/341L Microbiology & Lab 4
Chemistry
CHEM 140/140L Survey of Chemistry & Lab 4
CHEM 121 Fund. Chemistry 3
Essential Studies
ES 2 Composition I & II 3
ES 4 College Algebra 3
ES 3 or 7 Communications/Humanities 3
ES 4 Applied Statistics 3
ES 8 Social Sciences 3
ES 10 Human Diversity 3
Psychology
PSYC 131  General Psychology   3
SOC 231  Intro Sociology   3
Family & Consumer Sciences
FCS 247 Nutrition 3
FCS 320 Aging & Death 3
ETHICS Biomedical (preferred) 3
   
Minimum total 64

PLEASE NOTE: This is for informational purposed only.  For class schedules & for courses required for admission into specific nursing programs, please see your advisor.

Pharmacy

Pharmacy Includes three years of coursework at CSC, three years of professional study at the College of Pharmacy at UNMC in Omaha, and one year of clerkships in rural Nebraska. Upon successful completion of this seven year program, the student will qualify for the Bachelor of Science in Health Science upon successful completion of the first year of the professional program, and will receive a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from UNMC College of Pharmacy.

Number Course Title Hours
Biology
BIOL 139/139L Gen Zoology & Lab 3
BIOL 225 Cellular Biology 3
BIOL 340/340L Human Anatomy & Lab 4
BIOL 342/342L Human Physiology & Lab 4
BIOL 449 Molecular Biology 3
BIOL 311 Biology Seminar I 1
BIOL 332 Genetics 3
BIOL 410 Biology Seminar II 1
Chemistry
CHEM 131/131L College Chem I & Lab 4
CHEM 132/132L College Chem II & Lab 4
CHEM 333/333L Organic Chem I & Lab 4
CHEM 334/334L Organic Chem II & Lab 4
CHEM 335 Biochemistry & Lab 4
CHEM 341/341L Quant Analysis & Lab 4
Essential Studies
ES 1 First Year Inquiry 6
ES 2 Composition I & II 6
ES 4 Applied Statistics 3
ES 4 Calculus I 5
ES 7 Ethics 3
ES 3 Communications 3
ES 10 Human Diversity 3
Psychology
PSYC 131 Gen Psychology 3
PSYC 334 Dev Psychology 3
Economics
ECON Microeconomics 3
Business
ACCTG Accounting I 3
Physics
PHYS 251/251L Physics I & Lab 5
Minimum total hours 101
The first year of the program at UNMC College of Pharmacy 35
Minimum total 136

PLEASE NOTE: This is for informational purposes only.  For class schedules & for courses required for admission into specific pharmacy programs, please see your advisor.

Physical Therapy

Includes four years of study at CSC, three years of basic medical science and clinical training at UNMC in Omaha, Nebraska, and a semester of clinical experiences in western Nebraska. The student will receive a Bachelor of Science degree with a comprehensive major in Human Biology from Chadron State College upon successful completion of the first year of the professional program, and a Doctor of Physical Therapy from UNMC upon successful completion of the professional program.

Number Course Title Hours
Biology
BIOL 138/138L General Botany & Lab 3
BIOL 139/139L General Zoology & Lab 3
BIOL 225 Cellular Biology 3
BIOL 332 Genetics 3
BIOL 341/341L Microbiology & Lab 4
BIOL 340/340L Human Anatomy & Lab 4
BIOL 342/342L Human Physiology & Lab 4
BIOL 430 Immunology 3
BIOL 456/456L Pathogenic Micro & Lab 3
BIOL 311 Biology Seminar I 1
BIOL 410 Biology Seminar II 1
BIOL 432/432L Developmental Bio & Lab 3
BIOL 433 Human Biomechanics 3
BIOL 449 Molecular Biology 3
BIOL 458 Evolution 3
Chemistry
CHEM 131/131L College Chemistry I & Lab 4
CHEM 132/132L College Chemistry II & Lab 4
CHEM 231/231L Survey of Org. Chem & Lab 4
CHEM 335/335L Biochemistry & Lab 4
Essential Studies
ES 1 First Year Inquiry 6
ES 2 Composition I & II 6
ES 4 Applied Statistics 3
ES 3 Communications 3
ES 4 Applied Calculus 3
ES 5 Fine Arts 3
ES 8 Social Science 3
ES 11 Health & Wellness 3
ES 7 Ethics 3
ES 9 Social Responsibility 3
ES 10 Aging & Death 3
ES 12 Capstone 6
Physics
PHYS 241/241L Physics I & Lab 5
PHYS 242/242L Physics II & Lab 5
Psychology
PSYC 131 General Psychology 3
Social Science
SOC 230 Intro. to Sociology 3
   
Minimum total 90
First year of professional school 35
Minimum total 125

PLEASE NOTE: This is for informational purposes only.  For class schedules & for courses required for admission into specific physical therapy programs, please see your advisor.

Physician Assistant

Includes four years of study at CSC, thirteen months of basic medical sciences and clinical training in the Physician Assistant Program at UNMC in Omaha, Nebraska, followed by fifteen months at UNMC in Omaha or at selected clinical sites in western Nebraska. The student may receive a Bachelor of Science degree from CSC upon successful completion of the first year of physician assistant school.

Number Course Title Hours
Biology
BIOL 138/138L General Botany & Lab 3
BIOL 139/139L General Zoology & Lab 3
BIOL 225 Cellular Biology 3
BIOL 332 Genetics 3
BIOL 341/341L Microbiology & Lab 4
BIOL 340/340L Human Anatomy & Lab 4
BIOL 342/342L Human Physiology & Lab 4
BIOL 430 Immunology 3
BIOL 456/456L Pathogenic Micro & Lab 3
BIOL 311 Biology Seminar I 1
BIOL 410 Biology Seminar II 1
BIOL 432/432L Developmental Bio & Lab 3
BIOL 449 Molecular Biology 3
BIOL 458 Evolution 3
Chemistry
CHEM 131/131L College Chemistry I & Lab 4
CHEM 132/132L College Chemistry II & Lab 4
CHEM 231/231L Survey of Org. Chem & Lab 4
CHEM 335/335L Biochemistry & Lab 4
Essential Studies
ES 1 First Year Inquiry 6
ES 2 Composition I & II 6
ES 4 Applied Statistics 3
ES 3 Communications 3
ES 4 Applied Calculus 3
ES 5 Fine Arts 3
ES 8 Social Science 3
ES 7 Humanities 3
ES 10 Aging & Death 3
ES 11 Health & Wellness 3
ES 9 Social Responsibility 3
ES 12 Capstone 6
Psychology
PSYC 131 General Psychology 3
Social Science
SOC 230 Intro. to Sociology 3
 ELECTIVE
   
First year of professional school  
Minimum total 125

PLEASE NOTE: This is for informational purposes only.  For class schedules & for courses required for admission into specific physical therapy programs, please see your advisor.

Radiography

Includes two years of courses at CSC followed by two years of professional study in the Radiation Sciences Technology Program within the School of Allied Health at UNMC in Omaha. Upon successful completion of this four year program, the student will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Radiation Science Technology from UNMC.

Number Course Title Hours
Biology
BIOL 132 Medical Terminology 2
BIOL 225 Cellular Biology 3
BIOL 240/240L Anatomy & Phys I & Lab 4
BIOL 241/241L Anatomy & Phys II & Lab 4
Chemistry
CHEM 140/140L Survey Chemistry & Lab 4
Essential Studies
ES 2 Composition I & II 6
ES 4 College Algebra 4
ES 4 Applied Calculus 3
ES 3 Communications 3
ES 4 Applied Statistics 3
ES 7 Humanities 3
ES 11 Health & Wellness 3
Physics
PHYS 241/241L Physics I & Lab 5
Psychology
PSYC 131 General Psychology 3
Sociology
SOC 230 Intro to Sociology 3
Electives 12
Minimum total 67

PLEASE NOTE: This is for informational purposes only.  For class schedules & for courses required for admission into specific radiography programs, please see your advisor.

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