Receive your undergraduate degree on your path to becoming a Doctor of Osteopathic
As one of the most open and inclusive tracks of medicine to follow, osteopathic medicine
is becoming a prominent profession in the medical field. Using a holistic approach
to wellness and hands-on techniques to alleviate pain, restore motion and support
the body’s natural functions, osteopathic physicians can practice in all types of
environments and many specialties.
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Why study pre-osteopathic medicine?
Pre-Osteopathic Medicine is not a degree at UND, but a pre-professional track within
the UND College of Arts & Sciences. An academic advisor will help you plan the right
combination of courses to prepare you for osteopathic medical school. Whether you
major in a foreign language, science, or music field, you'll gain the skills and knowledge
you need to be successful. Some courses to complete while still an undergraduate are:
As a large part of the country gets older, the nation faces a critical physician workforce
Osteopathic physicians are licensed to practice in all 50 states and in the full scope
of medicine. They are in high demand and are able to find careers in a multitude of
environments, from military to family medicine. Osteopathic doctors now make up 25 percent of all medical students.
BIOL 150. General Biology I. 3 Credits.
Basic concepts of biology with emphasis on the process of science, metabolism, cell biology, plant and animal form and function, and physiology. Broadly designed to satisfy the needs of those pursuing biological and preprofessional curricula. F.
PSYC 241. Introduction to Statistics. 4 Credits.
Descriptive and inferential statistics as applied to psychological measurement and experimentation. Prerequisites: PSYC 111 and MATH 103. F,S.
BIOL 442. Physiology of Organs and Systems. 3 Credits.
Study of the physiology of organs and organ systems in vertebrates. Prerequisites: BIOL 150, BIOL 150L, BIOL 151, BIOL 151L, and Junior or Senior standing or an equivalent approved by the department. F.
CHEM 121. General Chemistry I. 3 Credits.
Open to all students; no high school credit in chemistry required. Elementary principles and theories of chemistry; matter, measurement, atoms, ions, molecules, reactions, chemical calculations, thermochemistry, bonding, molecular geometry, periodicity, gases. Prerequisite or Corequisite: MATH 103 or higher. F,S,SS.
SOC 110. Introduction to Sociology. 3 Credits.
A systematic examination of the social components of human behavior, including the norms, laws, cultural patterns, and economic forces that organize everyday life. Students will analyze theories of society, the structure of social institutions, social conflict and stratification, as well as social interactions among diverse groups of people. F,S,SS.
BIOL 390. Endocrinology. 3 Credits.
This course focuses on the endocrine system of vertebrates. Students will learn how endocrine glands synthesize and secrete hormones and how hormones regulate gene expression, cell proliferation, cell differentiation, and cell physiology. Students build on these basic ideas to understand endocrine control of important developmental and physiological processes. Examples of positive and negative feedback loops will be presented throughout the semester. This reinforces the idea that endocrine glands and hormones work together as an integrated system to maintain homeostasis and produce complex biological cycles. Common endocrine disorders like diabetes mellitus, obesity, dyslipidemia (abnormal cholesterol levels), osteoporosis, erectile dysfunction, and polycystic ovary syndrome will be discussed. In summary, hormones produced by endocrine glands are required for normal development, survival, and reproduction. Prerequisites: BIOL 150, BIOL 151, and CHEM 122. F.
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