Vintageandrea, we have gone through those sciences in high school as well, however we have "college level" sciences, english, math, and humanities courses (history, philosophy, ethics, etc) that we must take prior to entering the nursing coursework, if required...At the university I attended, those courses are a requirement for the degree. I completed my nursing courses Fall 2011, but had to take two courses that I needed to fulfill my BSN: Christianity and Philosophy of Ethics-I went to a Christian Brother University, so I was required to take two Religions, two Philosophies, History, a Art History (or a foreign language), Three types of Math (Algebra, Linear Math, then Science Statistics) And four sciences (anatomy & physiology I & II (Biology), Chemistry I & II; Physics was not required). Their philosophy is they require their students to be well rounded, critical thinkers and ready to serve their communities (I am not making this stuff up...that was a philosophy for the school, and every degree program had a requirement if humanities, religion, and philosophy as a requirement.). But that is my school.
Depending on the school, prerequisites may be less or somewhat different or similar. And this coursework is for an undergrad degree, ASN and BSN.
My program also had nursing research. So English courses, and statistics were essential in that class. We learned about nursing theorists in depth, had to create a Evidence-Base Practice Proposal. That coursework in the dividing difference for nurses in our country. ADN programs usually do not have research nursing, however, I can only speak of my experience and area, but that us usually the norm of the nursing educational system in America.