PREMEDICINE

Effective Date: Summer 2017

Semester 1

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

MATH 140B (GQ)

MATH 140B is only offered in Fall semester.
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
PSU 16 First-Year Seminar ScienceNotes for: PSU 16

PSU 16

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
1
Total credits 16

Semester 2

Course DetailsCredits
BIOL 230W (GN) Biology: Molecules and CellsNotes for: BIOL 230W (GN)

BIOL 230W (GN)

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
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 113 (GN) Experimental Chemistry IINotes 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.
1
MATH 141B (GQ) Calculus and Biology IINotes for: MATH 141B (GQ)

MATH 141B (GQ)

MATH 141B is only offered in Spring semester.
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
PSYCH 100 (GS) Notes for: PSYCH 100 (GS)

PSYCH 100 (GS)

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or SOC 1 (GS) Introductory SociologyNotes for: SOC 1 (GS)

SOC 1 (GS)

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
Total credits 15

Semester 3

Course DetailsCredits
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
NUTR 251 (GHA) Introductory Principles of NutritionNotes 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.
or BIOL 220W (GN) Biology: Populations and CommunitiesNotes for: BIOL 220W (GN)

BIOL 220W (GN)

BIOL 220W is only offered in Fall semester.
3-5
SOC 1 (GS) Introductory SociologyNotes for: SOC 1 (GS)

SOC 1 (GS)

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or PSYCH 100 (GS) Introductory PsychologyNotes for: PSYCH 100 (GS)

PSYCH 100 (GS)

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
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.
3
Total credits 15-18

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
BIOL 240W (GN) Biology: Function and Development of OrganismsNotes for: BIOL 240W (GN)

BIOL 240W (GN)

BIOL 240W is only offered in Spring semester. BIOL 240W or MICRB 201 and 202 should be taken here if NUTR 251 was taken in Semester 3.
or MICRB 201 Introductory Microbiology, and MICRB 202 Introductory Microbiology LabNotes for: MICRB 201 and MICRB 202

MICRB 201 and MICRB 202

BIOL 240W or MICRB 201 and 202 should be taken here if NUTR 251 was taken in Semester 3.
or NUTR 251 (GHA) Introductory Principles of NutritionNotes for: NUTR 251 (GHA)

NUTR 251 (GHA)

NUTR 251 should be taken here if BIOL 220W or MICRB 201 and 202 were taken in Semester 3.
Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3-5
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
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.
3
Supporting/Elective Course

Supporting/Elective Course

3
Total credits 16-18

Semester 5

Course DetailsCredits
BMB 401 General BiochemistryNotes for: BMB 401

BMB 401

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

BMB 400

BMB 400 is only offered in Fall semester.
Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
2-3
CHEM 213W Laboratory in Organic Chemistry - Writing IntensiveNotes for: CHEM 213W

CHEM 213W

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
2
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
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
Total credits 14-15

Semester 6

Course DetailsCredits
BMB 401 General BiochemistryNotes for: BMB 401

BMB 401

BMB 401 should be taken here if BMB 400 was taken in Semester 5.
Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or BMB 402Notes for: BMB 402

BMB 402

BMB 402 should be taken here if BMB 401 was taken in Semester 6.
Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
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)

Options A or C preferred.
Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
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 437 HistologyNotes for: BIOL 437

BIOL 437

BIOL 437 is offered only in Spring semester.
Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or BIOL 472 Mammalian PhysiologyNotes for: BIOL 472

BIOL 472

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or MICRB 412 Medical MicrobiologyNotes for: MICRB 412

MICRB 412

MICRB 412 is offered only in Spring semester.
Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or Supporting/Elective Course

Supporting/Elective Course

3-4
BIOL 473 Laboratory in Mammalian PhysiologyNotes for: BIOL 473

BIOL 473

BIOL 473 is offered only in Spring semester. Should only be taken if student is taking BIOL 472 concurrently.
Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or MICRB 422 Microbiology LaboratoryNotes for: MICRB 422

MICRB 422

MICRB 422 is offered only in Spring semester. Should only be taken if student is taking MICRB 412 concurrently.
Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or Supporting/Elective Course

Supporting/Elective Course

2-3
Total credits 15-17

Semester 7

Course DetailsCredits
Supporting/Elective Course

Supporting/Elective Course

or BIOL 421 Comparative Anatomy of VertebratesNotes for: BIOL 421

BIOL 421

BIOL 421 is offered only in Fall semester. BIOL 421 or BIOL 472 should be taken here if neither BIOL 437 nor BIOL 472 nor MICRB 412 were taken in Semester 6.
Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or BIOL 472 Mammalian PhysiologyNotes for: BIOL 472

BIOL 472

BIOL 421 or BIOL 472 should be taken here if neither BIOL 437 nor BIOL 472 nor MICRB 412 were taken in Semester 6.
Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3-4
PHIL 432 Medical and Health Care EthicsNotes for: PHIL 432

PHIL 432

PHIL 432 is offered only in Fall semester.
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.
3
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 15-17

Semester 8

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

BIOL 473

BIOL 473 is offered only in Spring semester. Should be taken if BIOL 472 was taken without BIOL 473 in Semester 6 or 7.
Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or MICRB 422 Medical Microbiology LabNotes for: MICRB 422

MICRB 422

MICRB 422 is offered only in Spring semester. Should be taken if MICRB 412 was taken without MICRB 422 in Semester 6.
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.
3
Supporting/Elective Course

Supporting/Elective Course

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
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

The following courses are offered in Fall semesters only: BIOL 220W, BIOL 421, BMB 400, MATH 140B, PHIL 432
The following courses are offered in Spring semesters only: BIOL 230W, BIOL 240W, BIOL 437, BIOL 473, MATH 141B, MICRB 412, MICRB 422

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.

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.

Foreign language proficiency must be demenstrated to the level of the second semester; if fewer than 8 credits are needed to reach the required proficiency, students choose electives from the Program List to total 8 credits.

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, of which 18 must be at the 400-level.

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 visit the AAMC Web site: www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/

 

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

Footnotes

MATH 140B (GQ)
MATH 140B is only offered in Fall semester.
MATH 141B (GQ)
MATH 141B is only offered in Spring semester.
BIOL 220W (GN)
BIOL 220W is only offered in Fall semester.
BIOL 240W (GN)
BIOL 240W is only offered in Spring semester. BIOL 240W or MICRB 201 and 202 should be taken here if NUTR 251 was taken in Semester 3.
MICRB 201 and MICRB 202
BIOL 240W or MICRB 201 and 202 should be taken here if NUTR 251 was taken in Semester 3.
NUTR 251 (GHA)
NUTR 251 should be taken here if BIOL 220W or MICRB 201 and 202 were taken in Semester 3.
BMB 400
BMB 400 is only offered in Fall semester.
PHIL 432
PHIL 432 is only offered in Fall semester.
BMB 401
BMB 401 should be taken here if BMB 400 was taken in Semester 5.
BMB 402
BMB 402 should be taken here if BMB 401 was taken in Semester 6.
ENGL 202 A, B, C, or D (GWS)
Options A or C preferred.
BIOL 437
BIOL 437 is offered only in Spring semester.
MICRB 412
MICRB 412 is offered only in Spring semester.
BIOL 473
BIOL 473 is offered only in Spring semester. Should only be taken if student is taking BIOL 472 concurrently.
MICRB 422
MICRB 422 is offered only in Spring semester. Should only be taken if student is taking MICRB 412 concurrently.
BIOL 421
BIOL 421 is offered only in Fall semester. BIOL 421 or BIOL 472 should be taken here if neither BIOL 437 nor BIOL 472 nor MICRB 412 were taken in Semester 6.
BIOL 472
BIOL 421 or BIOL 472 should be taken here if neither BIOL 437 nor BIOL 472 nor MICRB 412 were taken in Semester 6.
PHIL 432
PHIL 432 is offered only in Fall semester.
BIOL 473
BIOL 473 is offered only in Spring semester. Should be taken if BIOL 472 was taken without BIOL 473 in Semester 6 or 7.
MICRB 422
MICRB 422 is offered only in Spring semester. Should be taken if MICRB 412 was taken without MICRB 422 in Semester 6.