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Bachelor of Science in Medical and Molecular Biology — Medicine Pathway (BS/MD)

Pathway with St. George's University 

Location: Boston
Start Term: Fall

As a physician, you have the power to lead your patients’ healthcare by diagnosing and treating their injuries or illnesses. This 7-year pathway allows you to begin your education focused on your career goals, progress into Medical School after only 3 years of undergraduate study, and be prepared to start treating patients on the first day of your new career. 

In this professional pathway, academically motivated international students have the opportunity to earn a combined Bachelor of Science from MCPHS and a Doctor of Medicine (MD) from St. George’s University (SGU) School of Medicine. At MCPHS, you’ll receive a challenging baccalaureate curriculum that prepares you for professional study. You’ll spend the next two years of medical study at SGU, and the final two years in clinical rotations at affiliated hospitals in the United States and/or the United Kingdom, preparing you to become a medical doctor. With this joint program, 3rd-year students in the Pre-Medical and Health studies major, or the Medical and Molecular Biology major, as well as all graduates of MCPHS, can be admitted to medical school.

If you are interested in Veterinary Medicine, please contact us for information on our BS/DVM collaboration agreement with St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine.

In order to continue on to SGU, students must earn a 3.4 GPA and complete the following courses at MCPHS with no grade less than a C*:

Linked courses are available through the MCPHS School of Professional Studies. 

SGU may also require proof of English Language Proficiency.

All students will be required to obtain a competitive score on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) within 5 points of the average MCAT score for entering students. The current average is approximately 498.

Transfer students and current MCPHS students are also eligible to join this pathway.

Year I-Fall

COURSE TITLE SEMESTER HOURS
BIO 150L Biology I: Laboratory 1
BIO 151 Biology I: Cell and Molecular Biology 3
CHE 131 Chemical Principles I (w/ lab) 4
FYS 101 First Year Seminar 1
LIB 111 Expository Writing I 3
MAT 151 Calculus I 3
TOTAL 15

Year I-Spring

COURSE TITLE SEMESTER HOURS
BIO 152 Biology II: Biology of Organisms (w/ lab) 4
CHE 132 Chemical Principles II (w/ lab) 4
LIB 112 Expository Writing II 3
LIB 133 American Culture, Identity and Public Life 3
MAT 152 Calculus II 3
TOTAL 17

Year II-Fall

COURSE TITLE SEMESTER HOURS
BIO 260 Molecular Biology 3
CHE 231/L Organic Chemistry I (w/ lab) 4
LIB 120 Introduction to Psychology 3
SSC 230 Cultural Anthropology 3
SSC 495 Evolution of the Health Professions 3
TOTAL 16

Year II-Spring

COURSE TITLE SEMESTER HOURS
BIO 255/L Medical Microbiology (w/ lab) 4
General elective 3
CHE 232/4L Organic Chemistry II (w/ lab) 4
MAT 261 Statistics 3
Humanities elective 3
TOTAL 17

Year III-Fall

COURSE TITLE SEMESTER HOURS
BIO 360 Cellular Biochemistry 4
LIB 220 Introduction to Interpersonal Communication for Health Professionals 3
PHY 270/2L Foundations of Physics I (w/ lab) 4
Humanities elective 3
Behavioral Sciences elective 3
TOTAL 17

Year III-Spring

COURSE TITLE SEMESTER HOURS
BIO 332 Genetics 3
LIB 512 Healthcare Ethics 3
Behavioral Sciences elective 3
General elective 3
Biology elective 3
TOTAL 15

Year IV-Fall

COURSE TITLE SEMESTER HOURS
BIO 420 Communication in the Biological Sciences 3
Biology elective 3
Biology elective 3
General elective 3
Liberal Arts elective 3
TOTAL 15
 

Year IV-Spring

COURSE TITLE SEMESTER HOURS
Biology elective 3
Biology elective 3
Biology elective 3
General elective 3
General elective 3
TOTAL 15
Total credits to complete degree requirements: 127 s.h. Students must complete six Biology electives: two from the Molecular and Cellular Biology Elective list, two from the Medical Biology Elective list, and two more from either list. Molecular and Cellular Biology Electives:
COURSE TITLE SEMESTER HOURS
BIO 335L Experimental Techniques in Molecular Biology
BIO 405 Plagues of the Past, Present and Future
BIO 430 Molecular Biology of Cancer
BIO 434 Immunology
BIO 440 Cell Biology
BIO 455 Advanced Microbiology (w/ lab)
BIO 530 Undergraduate Research Project
PSB 440 Molecular Biotechnology
Development (COF)
Medical Biology Electives:
COURSE TITLE SEMESTER HOURS
BEH 341 Biological Psychology
BIO 321O Nutrition Science
BIO 345 Exercise Physiology
BIO 110 Anatomy and Physiology I
BIO 210 Anatomy and Physiology II
BIO 445 Advanced Human Physiology
BIO 530 Undergraduate Research Project
MAT 461 Biostatistics
PSB 328 Physiology/Pathophysiology I
PSB 329 Physiology/Pathophysiology II
Endocrinology (COF)
Medical Neuroscience (COF)
Neurobiology (COF)
 

Very high-achieving high school students, who are admitted into the Bachelor of Science in Premedical Health Studies or Medical and Molecular Biology programs, have the opportunity to apply for the accelerated 3 + 4 option, in which students begin medical school after their third year of undergraduate study at MCPHS. After completing medical school at SGU, students receive both a B.S. and M.D. degree in seven years instead of eight.

MCPHS will review your academic record through the documents included in your MCPHS application. You have the option of sending in additional documents (new grades, recent internships, additional recommendations). All documents submitted to MCPHS will be shared with SGU and go on to a selection committee. You may be invited to an interview.

If selected, you will receive a conditional letter of admission from SGU, reserving your seat in an accredited medical school right out of high school.

Transfer students and current MCPHS students are also eligible to join this pathway. Students can enter the pathway program up until the last semester of their sophomore year if 3+4.

For more information about the 3+4 pathway, please contact:

Prospective Students:
Krista LaVack, Associate Director International Admission
1.857.321.2092 | krista.lavack@mcphs.edu

Current MCPHS Students:
Devan Hawkins, SGU Faculty Coordinator and Instructor of Public Health
1.617.735.1072 | devan.hawkins@mcphs.edu

Students can enter the pathway program up until the last semester of their junior year if 4+4. All other students who have graduated from MCPHS are eligible to apply directly to SGU School of Medicine through their standard application process. All majors are eligible for this option.

For more information about these options please contact:

Prospective Students:
Krista LaVack, Associate Director International Admission
1.857.321.2092 | krista.lavack@mcphs.edu

Current MCPHS Students:
Devan Hawkins, SGU Faculty Coordinator and Instructor of Public Health
1.617.735.1072 | devan.hawkins@mcphs.edu

Founded in 1976, St. George’s University has evolved into a top center of international education, drawing students and faculty from 140 countries to the island of Grenada, in the West Indies. Students attending St. George’s enjoy the benefits of a thriving multicultural environment on the True Blue campus, offering all the amenities and technologically-advanced facilities of a world-class institution.

Learn more about St George's University School of Medicine and the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program.