Prenursing Coursework

Required courses (approximately 20 credits)

These courses are required for the BSN program application:

  • Anatomy (5 credits)

    ANAT-A 215 Basic Human Anatomy

    This course is required for all students applying to the BSN program. It fulfills the IU Bloomington GenEd Natural and Mathematical Sciences (NM) requirement and the School of Nursing Critical/Analytical/Science cluster requirement.

  • Finite Math or Calculus (3–4 credits)

    Choose one from:

    • MATH-D 116/117 Introduction to Finite Mathematics I and II
    • MATH-M 118 Finite Mathematics
    • MATH-M 211 Calculus I
    • MATH-M 213 Accelerated Calculus
    • MATH-V 118 Finite Mathematics with Applications
    • MATH-V 119 Applied Brief Calculus I

    All courses listed here fulfill the IU Bloomington GenEd Mathematical Modeling (MM) requirement and the School of Nursing Critical/Analytical/Science (C/A/S) cluster requirement.

  • GenEd Natural & Mathematical Sciences course or Critical/Analytical/Science cluster course (3–5 credits)

    Choose either:

    • An IU Bloomington GenEd Natural and Mathematical Sciences (NM) course
    • A School of Nursing Critical/Analytical/Science (C/A/S) cluster course
  • English Composition (3 credits)

    Choose one from:

    • CMLT-C 110 Writing the World
    • ENG-W 131 Elementary Composition
    • ENG-W 170 Introduction to Argumentative Writing (Topic: Projects in Reading and Writing)

    All courses listed here fulfill the IU Bloomington GenEd English Composition (EC) requirement.

  • Psychology (3 credits)

    Choose one from:

    • PSY-P 101 Introductory Psychology I
    • PSY-P 102 Introductory Psychology II (fulfills IU Bloomington GenEd Social and Historical Studies requirement)
    • PSY-P 155 Introduction to Psychological and Brain Sciences (fulfills IU Bloomington GenEd Natural & Mathematical Sciences requirement)

    PSY-P 101 and PSY-P 155 fulfill the IU Bloomington GenEd Natural and Mathematical Sciences (NM) requirement. PSY-P 102 fulfills the IU Bloomington GenEd Social and Historical Studies (SH) requirement.

  • Sociology (3 credits)

    Choose one from:

    • SOC-S 100 Introduction to Sociology
    • SOC-S 101 Social Problems and Policies
    • SOC-S 230 Society and the Individual

    All courses listed here fulfill the IU Bloomington GenEd Social and Historical Studies (SH) requirement.

Important notes about required courses

The required science courses must have in-person labs. Required anatomy, math, microbiology, and physiology courses must be less than seven years old at the time of admission.

A maximum of two attempts is allowed for any required course in which you received a grade of C– or below. The grade earned on your second attempt will be used to calculate the nursing application, science, and GenEd GPAs for admission purposes. A grade of C or higher must be earned by the second completed attempt. This includes grades earned in PHSL-P 215 and BIOL-M 200/215. Required courses taken as Advanced College Project (ACP) courses or transferred from other schools will be considered for the nursing application and will count as a first attempt.

IU Bloomington GenEd courses (approximately 9–11 credits)

Three courses selected from these IU Bloomington General Education (GenEd) areas are required for the BSN application:

  • Arts & Humanities (AH): maximum of two courses
  • Social & Historical Studies (SH): maximum of one course
  • World Languages (WL) or World Cultures (WC): maximum of two courses