The majority of Hamilton students interested in nursing will take the prerequisites to apply for an accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program that awards a second bachelor’s degree upon completion of the program.

The prerequisite classes vary from school to school, but many accelerated programs require:

General Biology (1-2 Semesters)

  • Bio 100 (several options, some offered in fall, others in spring) and a 200-level (or above) biology course (some offered in fall, denoted with an "F" after the course number, others in spring, denoted with an "S"). 

Note: Given that nursing programs typically also require Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology, students should take a different biology lab course to fulfill prerequisites for nursing programs that require two semesters of general biology. Check websites of potential programs of interest to determine the number and scope of biology courses required. To confirm whether a course will count toward a given school's general biology requirement, call or email the school in advance of taking the course.

Note: Bio 270S Biological Chemistry should not be taken to fulfill the general biology requirement if taken to fulfill the general chemistry requirement (see "Chemistry" below).

Anatomy and Physiology (2 Semesters)

  • Human Anatomy (Bio 222S) and
  • Vertebrate Physiology (Bio 331F)

Note: At Hamilton, Anatomy is taught separately from Physiology. Be sure to confirm that the above courses will fulfill the requirement for human anatomy and physiology at the schools to which you plan to apply.

Microbiology (1 Semester) 

  • ?Microbiology (Bio 221S)

Notes: Prerequisites include Intro Bio (Bio 100, 101, 102 or Bio 115) and Chemistry 120/125. Also, the course is offered every other spring semester; plan accordingly!

Chemistry (1-2 semesters)

  • Principles of Chemistry (Chem 120F)
  • Inorganic and Materials Chemistry (Chem 265S) or Biological Chemistry (Chem 270S) - to complete the general chemistry requirement

Note: Chem 120 is offered only in the fall; Chem 265 & 270 are offered only in the spring. Also, one semester of Organic Chemistry may be required at some nursing schools.

Psychology (2 semesters)

  • Introductory Psychology (Psych 101)
  • Lifespan Development (Psych 350S)

Note: Statistics and Research Methods in Psychology (Psych 201) is a prerequisite for Lifespan Development. 

Statistics (1 semester)

  • Statistics and Research Methods in Psychology (Psych 201) or
  • Statistical Analysis of Data (Math 152 F, S) 

Note: If you wish to take Lifespan Development at Hamilton (Psych 350S), it is in your best interest to take Psych 201 as your statistics requirement. 


Any writing intensive course in the Literature and Creative Writing department will meet the requirement of schools that require or recommend one semester of English. Writing-intensive courses in other departments such as sociology, anthropology, women's studies, or economics may suffice. Students should check individual schools' requirements and/or contact admission offices directly to inquire. Note that most 100-level courses are open only to first-year students.


  • Required by many nursing schools. Not offered at Hamilton. Can be taken online.


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