PREMEDICINE

Effective Date: Spring 2014

Semester 1

Course DetailsCredits
MATH 140B (GQ) Calculus and Biology INotes for: MATH 140B (GQ)

MATH 140B (GQ)

Requirements for this course
  • # Course is an Entrance-to-Major requirement.#
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or MATH 140 (GQ) Calculus With Analytic Geometry INotes for: MATH 140 (GQ)

MATH 140 (GQ)

Requirements for this course
  • # Course is an Entrance-to-Major requirement.#
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
4
CHEM 110 (GN) Chemical Principles INotes for: CHEM 110 (GN)

CHEM 110 (GN)

Requirements for this course
  • # Course is an Entrance-to-Major requirement.#
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
BIOL 110 (GN) Biology: Basic Concepts and Biodiversity Notes for: BIOL 110 (GN)

BIOL 110 (GN)

Requirements for this course
  • # Course is an Entrance-to-Major requirement.#
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
4
1
ENGL 015 (GWS) Rhetoric and Composition Notes for: ENGL 015 (GWS)

ENGL 015 (GWS)

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or ENGL 030 (GWS) Honors Freshman CompositionNotes for: ENGL 030 (GWS)

ENGL 030 (GWS)

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
Supporting/Elective Course

Supporting/Elective Course

1-1.5
Total credits 16-16.5

Semester 2

Course DetailsCredits
MATH 141B (GQ) Calculus and Biology IINotes for: MATH 141B (GQ)

MATH 141B (GQ)

Requirements for this course
  • # Course is an Entrance-to-Major requirement.#
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or MATH 141 (GQ) Calculus with Analytic Geometry II Notes for: MATH 141 (GQ)

MATH 141 (GQ)

Requirements for this course
  • # Course is an Entrance-to-Major requirement.#
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
4
CHEM 112 (GN) Chemical Principles IINotes for: CHEM 112 (GN)

CHEM 112 (GN)

Requirements for this course
  • # Course is an Entrance-to-Major requirement.#
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
CHEM 111 (GN) Experimental Chemistry INotes for: CHEM 111 (GN)

CHEM 111 (GN)

Requirements for this course
  • # Course is an Entrance-to-Major requirement.#
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
1
BIOL 240W (GN) Biology: Function and Development of Organisms Notes for: BIOL 240W (GN)

BIOL 240W (GN)

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or BIOL 220W (GN) Biology: Populations and CommunitiesNotes for: BIOL 220W (GN)

BIOL 220W (GN)

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or MICRB 201 Introductory Microbiology, and MICRB 202 Introductory Microbiology LabNotes for: MICRB 201, and MICRB 202

MICRB 201, and MICRB 202

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
4-5
Arts (GA) -- course may correspond with US or IL requirementNotes for: Arts (GA)

Arts (GA)

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or Humanities (GH) -- course may correspond with US or IL requirement
Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or ^^^ Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS) -- course may correspond with US or IL requirementNotes for: Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)

Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)

^^^ PSYCH 100 and SOC 001 are recommended
Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
Supporting/Elective Course

Supporting/Elective Course

1-1.5
Total credits 16-17.5

Semester 3

Course DetailsCredits
CHEM 113 (GN) Experimental Chemistry II Notes for: CHEM 113 (GN)

CHEM 113 (GN)

Requirements for this course
  • # Course is an Entrance-to-Major requirement.#
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or CHEM 113B (GN) Experimental Chemistry II -- Bioscience Notes for: CHEM 113B (GN)

CHEM 113B (GN)

Requirements for this course
  • # Course is an Entrance-to-Major requirement.#
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
1
CHEM 210 Organic Chemistry I Notes for: CHEM 210

CHEM 210

Requirements for this course
  • # Course is an Entrance-to-Major requirement.#
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
BIOL 230W (GN) Biology: Molecules and CellsNotes for: BIOL 230W (GN)

BIOL 230W (GN)

Requirements for this course
  • # Course is an Entrance-to-Major requirement.#
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
4
NUTR 251 (GHA) Introductory Principles of Nutrition Notes for: NUTR 251 (GHA)

NUTR 251 (GHA)

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
CAS 100 A, B, or C (GWS) Effective SpeechNotes for: CAS 100 A, B, or C (GWS)

CAS 100 A, B, or C (GWS)

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
Arts (GA) -- course may correspond with US or IL requirementNotes for: Arts (GA)

Arts (GA)

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or Humanities (GH) -- course may correspond with US or IL requirementNotes for: Humanities (GH)

Humanities (GH)

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or ^^^ Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)Notes for: Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)

Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)

^^^ PSYCH 100 and SOC 001 are recommended.
Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
Total credits 17

Semester 4

Course DetailsCredits
CHEM 212 Organic Chemistry II Notes for: CHEM 212

CHEM 212

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
CHEM 213B Laboratory in Organic Chemistry -- Bioscience Notes for: CHEM 213B

CHEM 213B

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or CHEM 213 Laboratory in Organic Chemistry Notes for: CHEM 213

CHEM 213

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
2
PHYS 211 (GN) General Physics: Mechanics Notes for: PHYS 211 (GN)

PHYS 211 (GN)

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
4
3-4
Arts (GA) -- course may correspond with US or IL requirementNotes for: Arts (GA)

Arts (GA)

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or Humanities (GH) -- course may correspond with US or IL requirementNotes for: Humanities (GH)

Humanities (GH)

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or ^^^ Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS) -- course may correspond with US or IL requirementNotes for: Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)

Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)

^^^ PSYCH 100 and SOC 001 are recommended.
Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
Total credits 15-16

Semester 5

Course DetailsCredits
PHYS 212 (GN) General Physics: Electricity and MagnetismNotes for: PHYS 212 (GN)

PHYS 212 (GN)

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
4
B M B 401 General BiochemistryNotes for: B M B 401

B M B 401

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or CHEM 450 Physical Chemistry -- Thermodynamics Notes for: CHEM 450

CHEM 450

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
3
Arts (GA) -- course may correspond with US or IL requirementNotes for: Arts (GA)

Arts (GA)

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or Humanities (GH) -- course may correspond with US or IL requirementNotes for: Humanities (GH)

Humanities (GH)

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or ^^^ Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS) -- course may correspond with US or IL requirementNotes for: Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)

Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)

^^^ PSYCH 100 and SOC 001 are recommended.
Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
Supporting/Elective Course

Supporting/Elective Course

3
Total credits 16

Semester 6

Course DetailsCredits
PHYS 213 (GN) General Physics: Fluids and Thermal PhysicsNotes for: PHYS 213 (GN)

PHYS 213 (GN)

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
2
PHYS 214 (GN) General Physics: Wave Motion and Quantum PhysicsNotes for: PHYS 214 (GN)

PHYS 214 (GN)

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
2
BIOL 472 Mammalian Physiology and/or BIOL 473 Laboratory in Mammalian PhysiologyNotes for: BIOL 472 and/or BIOL 473

BIOL 472 and/or BIOL 473

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3-5
ENGL 202 A, B, C, or D (GWS) Effective WritingNotes for: ENGL 202 A, B, C, or D (GWS)

ENGL 202 A, B, C, or D (GWS)

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
Arts (GA) -- course may correspond with US or IL requirementNotes for: Arts (GA)

Arts (GA)

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or Humanities (GH) -- course may correspond with US or IL requirementNotes for: Humanities (GH)

Humanities (GH)

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or ^^^ Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS) -- course may correspond with US or IL requirementNotes for: Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)

Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)

^^^ PSYCH 100 and SOC 001 are recommended.
Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
Supporting/Elective Course

Supporting/Elective Course

3
Total credits 16-18

Semester 7

Course DetailsCredits
B M B 402 General BiochemistryNotes for: B M B 402

B M B 402

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or B M B 400 Molecular Biology of the GeneNotes for: B M B 400

B M B 400

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or CHEM 452 Physical Chemistry -- Quantam ChemistryNotes for: CHEM 452

CHEM 452

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
2-3
3
Supporting/Elective Course

Supporting/Elective Course

or BIOL 421 Comparative Anatomy of VertebratesNotes for: BIOL 421

BIOL 421

Only if BIOL 472/473 were not completed.
Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3-4
400-Level Supporting/Elective Course

400-Level Supporting/Elective Course

3
Foreign Language or Supporting/Elective Course

Foreign Language or Supporting/Elective Course

3-4
Total credits 14-17

Semester 8

Course DetailsCredits
BIOL 473 Laboratory in Mammalian PhysiologyNotes for: BIOL 473

BIOL 473

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or BIOL 437 HistologyNotes for: BIOL 437

BIOL 437

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or MICRB 412 Medical Microbiology, and MICRB 422 Medical Microbiology LabNotes for: MICRB 412, and MICRB 422

MICRB 412, and MICRB 422

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or Supporting/Elective Course

Supporting/Elective Course

2-3
Arts (GA) -- course may correspond with US or IL requirementNotes for: Arts (GA)

Arts (GA)

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or Humanities (GH) -- course may correspond with US or IL requirementNotes for: Humanities (GH)

Humanities (GH)

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or ^^^ Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS) -- course may correspond with US or IL requirementNotes for: Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)

Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)

^^^ PSYCH 100 and SOC 001 are recommended.
Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
400-Level Supporting/Elective Course

400-Level Supporting/Elective Course

3
Foreign Language or Supporitng/Elective Course

Foreign Language or Supporitng/Elective Course

3-4
Supporting/Elective Course

Supporting/Elective Course

3
Total credits 14-16

Additional Notes

  • GWS, GQ, GA, GH, GS, GN and GHA are codes used to identify General Education requirements.
  • US, IL, and US;IL are codes used to designate courses that satisfy University United States/International Cultures requirements. All students are required to take one IL and one US course before graduation. A course designated as US;IL may be used as a US or an IL, not both.
  • W suffix signifies the course satisfies the University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

Program Notes

Students must complete a 3-credit course in "United States Cultures (US)" and a 3-credit course in "International Cultures (IL)."

Consider completing BIOL 240W during the second spring semester. Students who are planning to apply to a health professional school often select BIOL 240W because the topics include function, development, and physiological processes of both animals and plants. If BIOL 240W is not taken during the second spring semester, other class choices could include: BIOL 220W, MICRB201 and 202, or NUTR 251. BIOL 240W is only offered during the spring semester at University Park.

Considering completing PSYCH 001 and SOC 001 minimally in the Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS) area. These courses and content covered should help in preparing students for taking the MCAT 2015, specifically the “Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior” section. Additional courses recommended are PSYC 221 and SOC 003.

Also, because of many changes to the MCAT 2015 in the science sections, courses such as BMB 401 (and if possible BMB 402), BIOL 472 (and if possible BIOL 473), and STAT 200 (or STAT 250) should be taken prior to taking the MCAT because of content knowledge needed. For additional information about MCAT course preparation as well as course admission requirements for medical schools please meet with an adviser for an in depth discussion. This plan is constructed so that students may be prepared to take the MCAT after Semester 6 (at the end of the junior year). If one wishes to take the MCAT after Semester 8 (at the end of senior year) considerable changes to this plan can be made.

This plan is only a suggested/recommended academic plan. There is room for adjusting the necessary courses to fit your individual needs and goals. Remember, most students only have to average about 16 credits per semester to graduate in four academic years (or eight semesters). The Premedicine major requires a total of 126 credits.

Academic Advising Notes

  • Do not overlook the opportunity for Independent Study/Research credit. It is also important to be involved with extracurricular activities--try to find one or two areas where you can really become involved and make a significant contribution.
  • Students should also make every effort to get involved in a meaningful health care setting by volunteer work, employment, or job shadowing.
  • Medical schools do not look favorably upon Withdraw or Satisfactory grades. However, there may be times when dropping a course cannot be avoided. Discuss these situations with your course instructor and/or your adviser.
  • For the various supporting/elective courses each student is required to complete for the major, one should consider completing a sequence of courses from the same department/program as opposed to completing all introductory courses from many different departments/programs. Student can even consider completing a minor in another academic discipline with the various supporting/elective courses needed.
  • For additional information such as the Supporting/Elective Program List and other FAQs please visit the following Web site: www.science.psu.edu/premed
  • To learn more about the MCAT 2015 visit the AAMC Web site: www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/

 

Legend

# Course is an Entrance-to-Major requirement.
* Course requires a grade of 'C' or better.
† Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.

Footnotes

Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)
^^^ PSYCH 100 and SOC 001 are recommended
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)
^^^ PSYCH 100 and SOC 001 are recommended.
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)
^^^ PSYCH 100 and SOC 001 are recommended.
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)
^^^ PSYCH 100 and SOC 001 are recommended.
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)
^^^ PSYCH 100 and SOC 001 are recommended.
BIOL 421
Only if BIOL 472/473 were not completed.
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)
^^^ PSYCH 100 and SOC 001 are recommended.