health professions CURRICULUM

Pre-medical, pre-dental, and pre-veterinary majors do not exist at Ursinus College, though most students interested in pursuing a career in health care major in one of the natural or physical sciences.  However, there is a flexibly defined program of study with certain required courses that can be included in any number of majors.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR applicants to health-related professional programs

Successful applicants to medical, dental, and veterinary schools generally have a high overall grade point average and a high average in science/math courses.  Students in any major may apply for admission to medical, dental, or veterinary school if they meet minimum entrance requirements which often include successful completion of the following courses (review requirements at specific schools prior to applying):

BIO 101Q/101L Issues in Ecology & Evolution
BIO 102/102L Cell Biology and Genetics of Health and Disease
CHEM 105Q/105L & 205/205LQ General Chemistry I & II
CHEM 106/106LQ & 206/206LQ Organic Chemistry I & II
PHYS 111 & 112 General Physics I & II
English (one year) CIE 100 & 200 satisfy this requirement
Mathematics Most medical schools have a mathematics requirement, though few require Calculus. Note that Calculus I is a pre-requisite for General Physics I.
Recommended Courses BIO 201, BIO 306, BIO 349. The MCAT in 2015 will include testing of concepts in Biochemistry, Psychology, and Sociology; therefore, we recommend students also take BCMB 351, PSYC 100, and SOC 110.

 

TYPICAL COURSE SEQUENCE for pre-med students

Students are encouraged to work closely with their adviser and Dr. Ellen Dawley and Dr. Greg Weight to develop a plan that will meet their needs and academic goals.  Most students take the MCAT at the end of their Junior year (April or May).  Some may plan to take it earlier to accommodate study abroad in the spring of junior year.  It also is not unusual for a student to take it later (e.g., senior year).  MCATs are now offered on computer only, so it is offered multiple times during the year and provides a much quicker grading turn-around time.  Continued studying, additional courses, and exam preparatory courses can help a student to prepare for and do well on standardized exams.

Below are three possible course plans for students pursuing a pre-med program of study.  The plans vary depending on a student’s science background and plan for application to medical school (or other program).  Please note that these are only examples; many other permutations are possible.

Plan A: this course sequence is for students who enter with a strong high school science background and plan to take the MCAT at the end of the junior year.

First Year, Fall
CIE 100, BIO 101Q, CHEM 105/105L, Foreign Language or Math
First Year, Spring
CIE 200, BIO 102Q, CHEM 106/106L, Foreign Language of Math
Sophomore, Fall
BIO 201W, CHEM 205/205L, Math (if not completed first year), Major/Core Requirement
Sophomore, Spring
Additional BIO course, CHEM 206/206L, Major/Core Requirements
Junior, Fall
PHYS 111, Additional BIO course, PSYC 100, Major/Core Requirement
Junior, Spring
PHYS 112, SOC 110, Major/Core Requirements

Plan B: this course sequence is for students who enter without a strong high school science background and plan to take the MCAT at the end of the junior year.

First Year, Fall
CIE 100, BIO 101Q, Major/Core Requirement, Foreign Language or Math
First Year, Spring
CIE 200, BIO 102Q, Major/Core Requirement, Foreign Language of Math
Sophomore, Fall
BIO 201W, CHEM 105/105L, Math (if not completed first year), Major/Core Requirement
Sophomore, Spring
Additional BIO course, CHEM 106/106L, Major/Core Requirements
Junior, Fall
PHYS 111, CHEM 205/205L, PSYC 100, Major/Core Requirement
Junior, Spring
PHYS 112, CHEM 206/206L, SOC 110, Major/Core Requirement

Plan C: this course sequence is for students who enter without a strong high school science background and plan to take the MCAT at the end of the senior year. Note that this plan would require a student to take one year off between graduation from Ursinus and the start of medical school; applications would be submitted during the summer following graduation.

First Year, Fall
CIE 100, BIO 101Q, Major/Core Requirement, Foreign Language or Math
First Year, Spring
CIE 200, BIO 102Q, Major/Core Requirement, Foreign Language of Math
Sophomore, Fall
CHEM 105/105L, Math (if not completed first year), Major/Core Requirements
Sophomore, Spring
CHEM 106/106L, Major/Core Requirements
Junior, Fall
BIO 201W, CHEM 205/205L, Major/Core Requirements
Junior, Spring
Additional BIO course, CHEM 206/206L, Major/Core Requirements
Senior, Fall
PHYS 111, PSYC 100, Major/Core Requirements
Senior, Spring
PHYS 112, SOC 110, Major/Core Requirements