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Essential Courses


Course # Title Credit Hours Prerequisites
BI 105 Biological Diversity and Ecology 3 None
BI 121 Biology Lab I 1 BI 105 (corequisite)
BI 106 Structure and Function of Cells and Organisms 3 BI 105 and CH 105
BI 122 Biology Lab II 1 BI 105 and BI 121 (prerequsites)
CH 142 Integrated Chemistry Principles I 3 None
CH 143 Integrated Chemistry Principles I 1 CH 142 (corequisite)
CH 144 Integrated Chemistry Principles II 3 CH 142
CH 145 Integrated Chemistry Principles II Lab 1 CH 143, CH 144 (corequisite)
CH 242 Integrated Chemistry: Organic 3 CH 144
CH 243 Integrated Chemistry: Organic 1 CH 242 (corequisite)
CH 342 Integrated Chemistry: Biochemistry 3 CH 242
CH 247 Bioanalytical Chemistry Lab 1 CH 145
PC 200 General Physics I 3 PC 206 (corequisite)
PC 202 Introductory Physics I 3 MA 130, MA 230 and PC 206 (corequisites)
PC 206 Physics Lab I* 1 PC 200 or PC 202 (corequisite)
PC 201 General Physics II** 3 PC 200; PC 207 (corequisite)
PC 203 Introductory Physics II** 3 PC 202 and MA 130; PC 207 (corequisite)
PC 207 Physics Lab II* 1 PC 201 or PC 203 (corequisite)
PY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3 None
Varies Humanities 3 Varies
Varies Fine Arts 3 Varies
EN OR CM English/Communication 3 Varies
EB 201 The Management Process 3 None

*NYCC does not require Physics Lab, but some schools do. **Math-based statistics (Intro to Probability and Statistics; prerequisite is Calculus I) may be substituted for Physics II for NYCC and several other schools.

Important Notes:

  1. Strongly recommend Dynamics of Biological Processes, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology. Also recommend calculus, zoology, comparative anatomy, genetics, microbiology, foreign language (especially Spanish), sociology, economics, business courses, communication courses, ethics, and upper level psychology.
  2. These courses reflect program requirements for our affiliation with the New York Chiropractic College only. Although this course list will be sufficient for most other programs, make sure to check requirements of other schools in which you are interested no later than your  sophomore year.
  3. This course list does NOT represent a POE, nor does it cover College requirements. Design a POE, preferably in an academic area, in consultation with your advisor. Note: If you are in a 3 +_ program, course work during the first year of professional school can count toward upper level POE requirements.
  4. Make sure to have an advisor on the Health Professions Committee, preferably Dr. Kathleen Jones.
  5. In addition to your course work you are urged to gain some experience in chiropractic care either during the school year or over the summer.


New York Chiropractic College
Regular Progression (4 years at Juniata) OR 3 + 3 B.S./D.C. Program
Classes Credits
Biology, Chemistry, and Physics with lab in at least half of the courses 24
At least one course in humanities, social sciences, fine arts and business management 12 or more

Competitive credentials: For 3+3 students overall GPA of 3.1 for 3+3 students with C (repeat any C- courses) or better in all science prerequisite courses. Students applying after 4 years at Juniata need at least a 3.00 overall GPA and 2.75 in the prerequisites. Students with a B.S. degree and a GPA of 3.25 or better, 3 credits of biology, and 9 additional science credits, may be exempt from specific prerequisites. Students applying after 4 years at Juniata should have at least a 3.0 overall GPA and 2.75 in the prerequisites.

Helpful websites:
American Chiropractic Association -
New York Chiropractic College -

General Information:


*If you are planning to study abroad or if you are in accelerated program consult with your Health Professions advisor to plan your course progression

Bolded courses are offered only in the indicated semester and/or require a specific sequence due to Juniata prerequisites. Non-bolded courses are either offered in both semesters or represent open-ended choices, making them more flexible in when they can be taken.  Course progressions after the freshman year are not carved in stone.  Your particular course sequence may be different, depending on your situation.  Consult with your advisor.


Freshman Year BI 105 Biology Lab II
Biology Lab I Integrated Chemistry Principles II
Integrated Chemistry Principles I Integrated Chemistry Princ II Lab
Integrated Chemistry Principles I Lan Humanities Course
Sophomore Year BI 106 Integrated Chemistry: Biochemistry
Integrated Chemistry: Organic Bioanalytical Chemistry Lab
Integrated Chemistry: Organic Lab English/Communications
Psychology Fine Arts
Humanities or Social Science Course  
Junior Year Physics I and Lab Physics II and Lab
The Management Process  

If you do an accelerated program plan to finish most or all of the prerequisite courses the year before your final year at Juniata.  If you have one or two courses to complete your final year at Juniata, you could be conditionally accepted to professional school based on your academic record up to that point and on successful completion of the remaining prerequisite courses.

If you study abroad the SAFEST strategy is to take ALL prerequisite courses for professional school in the U.S., which may require you to take courses in the U.S. over the summer, preferably at a 4 year institution. However, if this is extremely difficult for your situation, check with the professional schools you wish to attend to see if they will accept courses taken abroad and if so, get their response in writing.  Also if you have a Biology POE and will not have BI 207 by the time you go abroad, check with the Biology Department to see if there is a Cell and Molecular course you can take abroad that will enable you to take upper level biology offerings at Juniata your senior year that require BI 207 (ex. Physiology, Immunology, and Microbiology)

Be mindful of your POE courses, which are NOT indicated here.  For example, if you have a Biology POE, you will need to take Freshman seminar the spring of your freshman year,  Frontiers of Biology the fall of your sophomore year, and Biology 207 at your earliest opportunity after completing Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry.