Barry S. Rothman, Ph.D. { Health Professions Home Page}

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Special Note:

We understand the difficulty students are having enrolling in classes required for their majors. Advisers are trying to be as flexible as possible in terms of giving students credit toward graduation.


There are also new policy changes in effect that you should be aware of that affect both undergraduates and second-bac students. First, the course repeat policy has changed. A class may now be repeated only once, and only if a grade of C- or lower was received. This applies to classes taken at SFSU and equivalent classes taken at other universities. Withdrawal (W) and No Credit (NC) grades count as one attempt. See this page for more details. Second, the drop deadline has changed to the end of the second week of classes; the add deadline remains at the end of the fourth week of classes. Third, there may be more stringent rules on double majors, minors, for students on probation and the total number of units an undergraduate may take before being required to graduate. Please check back at a later date for details as these policies are finalized.


SFSU's Undergraduate Program

SFSU has a number of formal Biology and Chemistry baccalaureates that well prepare students for application to graduate health profession schools such as medical, dental, pharmacy, optometry, and physical therapy schools. Such programs contain most or all pre-requisites for health profession schools as well as a number of very helpful upper-division and graduate science classes. Because Biology and Chemistry major's courses require extensive studying, most students take about 5 years of full-time course work to complete the baccalaureate. Additional time is needed for clinical exposure and preparation for national standardized tests such as the MCAT and DAT. Some introductory courses fulfilling these majors are also offered during our shortened summer semester.


As an undergraduate at SFSU you will find that the atmosphere is very supportive, classes are taught mainly by faculty, and tuition is reasonable. Most of our major's classes are offered during the day, so that undergraduates who must work usually find ways to do so part-time. These majors also prepare undergraduates for entry into careers in biotechnology, drug development and testing, teaching and research (MA and Ph.D.). SFSU welcomes California state residents as well as out-of-state and international students as undergraduates.


While at SFSU it is very helpful to maintain contact with me, Barry Rothman, the SFSU Health Professions Advisor, and with Pre-Health Student Organizations.


Visiting SFSU

Guided and self-guided tours of SFSU are available through Outreach Services. Arrangements to visit a class and/or meet with pre-health undergraduates should be made through one or more of our Student Organizations.



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