Biology: Pre-Chiropractic

Bachelor of Science - BS

  • Save a year of time in achieving your  D.C. degree
  • Preferred admission to NYCC 
  • Complete credits though Marywood and NYCC

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A “3+1” dual degree program, students earn a B.S. in Biology from Marywood and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from NY Chiropractic College. It allows students to save a year of time in achieving their D.C. degree. Students complete credits in science and liberal arts requirements in their three years at Marywood; the fourth year is spent at New York Chiropractic College. After the first year of chiropractic study, the students earn a B.S. from Marywood in Biology. After an additional two years and eight months at NYCC, they earn a D.C. degree.

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Accomplished Science Faculty


Jay P. Clymer III, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology
Courses: Biology, Ecology, Evolution, Earth Science and Environmental Science

Brian Piatak, D.C.
Assistant Professor
Courses: Anatomy and Physiology

Lisa Antoniacci, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology, HPAC Chair
Courses: Biotechnology, Immunology, Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, Cell Biology

Steven Reggie, D.C.
Clinical Assistant Professor, Doctor of Chiropractic
Courses: Anatomy and Physiology and Human Gross Anatomy

The $6.4 million Center for Natural and Health Sciences is equipped with four large laboratories, a newly renovated Biotechnology research lab, an environmental wet laboratory, a greenhouse, three computer laboratories, and a multi-media auditorium.

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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B.S. Biology Pre-Chiropractic Program


The accelerated Pre-chiropractic Program is designed to allow students to begin the study of chiropractic medicine at New York Chiropractic College (NYCC) during their senior year. Students study at Marywood University for three years, matriculating for 104 credits in basic science and liberal arts requirements. The fourth year is spent at NYCC. A student will have preferred admission to NYCC if a minimum QPA of 3.25 is maintained for the three years of study at Marywood. An overall QPA of 2.50 or higher is required, with a grade of C or better in science courses, as is completion of a minimum of 90 credits, for NYCC entry. A student who successfully completes all course work in the first two trimesters at NYCC, who is registered for DEAN 050 (through Marywood) during the spring semester of their first year at NYCC—and whose transcripts have been submitted to the Registrar’s office by February of that year, will be granted a bachelor of science degree in biology from Marywood. Marywood University will accept a selected 22 credits from NYCC, provided a minimum average QPA of 2.50 has been maintained in those selected courses. The student would then continue study at NYCC for two years and four months. Successful completion leads to a doctor of chiropractic degree.

The following Science courses (51 credits) are required at Marywood:

BIOL 201, 201L Human Gross Anatomy
4
BIOL 202, 202L Human Physiology
4
BIOL 150, 150L General Biology I
4
BIOL 151, 151L General Biology II
4
BIOL 235, 235L General Microbiology
4
BIOL 446, 446L Genetics
4
CHEM 131, 131L General Chemistry I
4
CHEM 132, 132L General Chemistry II
4
CHEM 331, 331L Organic Chemistry I
4
CHEM 332, 332L Organic Chemistry II
4
PHYS 303, 303L General Physics I
4
PHYS 304, 304L General Physics II
4

Elect One:

MATH 201 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
3
MATH 216 Statistics for the Social and Behavioral Sciences
3

Normally the following courses or their equivalents will be accepted from New York Chiropractic College based on discretion of Marywood Science Department chairperson (22 credits available).

ANO 6102 Cell and Tissue Biology
5
ANA 6104 Neuroscience I
5
ANA 6205 Neuroscience II
5
BCH 6203 Biochemistry of Nutrition/Metabolism
2
BCH 6101 Principles of Biochemistry
3
AST 6304 Basic Human Nutrition I
2