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Bachelor of Science in Premedical and Health Studies

Location: Boston
Start Term: Fall

Set your future in motion with an undergraduate education that paves the way for you to attend medical school or a diversity of graduate degree programs in the health sciences. 

During this full-time, four-year program, you’ll work with closely with faculty mentors who have years of expertise in both teaching and advising. You’ll complete required prerequisites for medical and other professional schools through an interdisciplinary health studies curriculum that balances the basic and laboratory sciences with courses in the liberal arts. When you graduate, you’ll be well prepared to attend chiropractic, dental, medical, occupational therapy, optometry, osteopathic, physical therapy, physician assistant, podiatry, or veterinary school, or graduate education in nutrition, speech-language pathology, public health, health administration, or other health-oriented programs.

Learn more about the BS in Premedical and Health Studies program.

The School of Arts and Sciences embodies and promotes the core values of the University through:

  • Scholarship that creates knowledge, pedagogies, integration, and engagement in or through the many disciplines represented by the Arts and Sciences faculty
  • Interdisciplinary and interprofessional initiatives and collaborations that produce scholarship and public activities among Arts and Sciences faculty and in concert with other School faculties
  • Implementation of a core curriculum that integrates the basic sciences and liberal arts with professional studies
  • Commitment to and promotion of the values of general education, including development of the whole person
  • Cultivation of knowledge, skills and values that prepare students for lifelong learning
  • Development and application of learner-centered curriculum designs and teaching strategies
  • Assessment programming that systematically collects and uses data for curricular review and continuous improvement
  • Conscientious service to School, University, and professional communities
  • Collaboration with the Dean of Students and Student Affairs staff in development and implementation of co-curricular programs

The mission of the Premedical and Health Studies degree program is consistent with that of the School of Arts and Sciences but specifically cultivates and advances:

  • Undergraduate preparation for successful advanced studies and careers in health and healthcare
  • Student engagement in community and university service learning and volunteer activities that benefit others
  • Student intellectual inquiries and academic studies that encompass the biomedical, psychosocial, and cultural dimensions of illness, health and healthcare
  • Faculty excellence in healthcare and health studies pedagogy, the discovery of knowledge across disciplines relevant to illness, health, and healthcare, and the dissemination and application of innovative pedagogies and new knowledge in these disciplines
  • To provide a degree program for students seeking undergraduate preparation for a professional practice degree in allopathic medicine, chiropractic, dentistry occupational therapy, optometry, osteopathic medicine, physician assistant studies, physical therapy, podiatric medicine, speech-language pathology, or veterinary medicine
  • To provide a degree program that will prepare students for graduate education in nutrition, public health, health administration, or other health-oriented fields
  • To offer opportunities for students to gain admission to professional programs through institutional affiliations that have specific advantages or opportunities such as accelerated progression, preferential or assured admission, or early acceptance
  • To promote an interdisciplinary curriculum that balances premedical courses in math and the sciences with courses that study health care and illness from the perspectives of liberal arts disciplines, and that emphasizes development of problem solving and analytical skills across the curriculum
  • To develop opportunities for students to pursue a minor concentration that fosters focused and advanced level learning in a specific discipline or area of study
  • To provide consistent communication, effective advising, and pre-professional mentoring between program faculty/administrators and students
  • To encourage student involvement with community service, clinical experience, and research as well as self-reflection regarding career goals
  • To promote civic engagement, intellectual curiosity and dedication to life-long learning evidenced by an independent research project completed in a senior/capstone seminar

Freshman applicants can view their admission requirements on the Undergraduate Applicants page.

Students with 12 or more college credits may transfer in to the first or second year of the program. Courses must have been completed at a regionally accredited college or university with a grade of C or better for transfer. Math and science courses taken more than ten years prior to the anticipated date of matriculation to MCPHS will not be accepted.

While there are no specific required courses for entry into the first year of our program, the admission committee will look for success in any math and science courses you have already taken. If you complete any of the courses listed below, you may receive transfer credit and your first year course load may be lighter. However, due to the block registration nature of MCPHS programs, entering the first year of the program with transfer credits will not change the total length of your program. Courses, other than elective courses, may not be moved forward in your schedule.

Required Courses For Entry to Year II:

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

  • General Biology I & II with lab (8 credits)
  • General Chemistry I & II with lab (8 credits)
  • Expository Writing I & II (6 credits)
  • American Culture, Identity, and Public Life (3 credits) (Acceptable substitutions include Introduction to Sociology or upper-level sociology course)

Required Courses For Entry to Year III:

  • Organic Chemistry I & II with lab (8 credits)
  • Microbiology with lab (4 credits)
  • Statistics (3 credits) (Acceptable substitutions include Basic Statistics, Biostatistics, Psychological Statistics, Economic Statistics)
  • Cultural Anthropology (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
  • Interpersonal Communications for Health Professionals (3 credits)
  • Behavioral Sciences Elective (3 credits) (Acceptable courses include any upper-level psychology course)
  • Humanities elective (3 credits) (Acceptable courses include Literature, Creative Writing, Philosophy, Ethics, Religious Studies, Select Fine Arts, Advanced Level Languages)

Additional Courses Accepted for Transfer Credit:

  • General Elective (3 credits) (Acceptable courses include History, English, Fine Arts, Philosophy, Government, Ethics, Foreign Language, Psychology, Religious Studies, Anthropology, Communications, and Economics)
  • Social Science elective (3 credits) (Acceptable courses include History, Political Science/Government, Anthropology, Upper-level Sociology, American Studies, Women Studies, Ethnic Studies, Geography, Economics)

(Variations on this curriculum are possible. Please see the MCPHS University Catalog for a detailed description of the program curriculum.)

YEAR I Fall

COURSE

TITLE

SEMESTER HOURS

BIO 151/150L

Biology I (w/lab)

4

CHE 131/131L

Chemical Principles I (w/lab)

4

ITM 101

Introduction to the Major

1

LIB 111

Expository Writing I

3

MAT 151

Calculus I

3

YEAR I Spring

COURSE

TITLE

SEMESTER HOURS

BIO 152/152L

Biology II (w/lab)

4

CHE 132/132L

Chemical Principles II (w/lab)

4

LIB 112

Expository Writing II

3

LIB 120

Introduction to Psychology

3

MAT 152

Calculus II

3

YEAR II Fall

COURSE

TITLE

SEMESTER HOURS

CHE 231/231L

Organic Chemistry I (w/lab)

4

LIB 133

American Culture, Identity, and Public Life

3

LIB 205

Health Professions Orientation

1

MAT 261

Statistics

3

 

Behavioral Science Elective

3

 

Humanities Elective

3

YEAR II Spring

COURSE

TITLE

SEMESTER HOURS

BIO 255/255L

Medical Microbiology (w/lab)

4

CHE 232/234L

Organic Chemistry II (w/lab)

4

LIB 220

Introduction to Interpersonal Communication for Health Professionals

3

 

Social Science Elective

3

YEAR III Fall

COURSE

TITLE

SEMESTER HOURS

BIO 360

Cellular Biochemistry

4

PHY 270/272L

Or

PHY 280/280L

Foundations of Physics I (w/lab)

Or

Physics I (w/lab)

 

 

4

 

Behavioral Science Elective

3

 

Advanced Biology Elective

3

 

General Elective

3

YEAR III Spring

COURSE

TITLE

SEMESTER HOURS

LIB 512

Healthcare Ethics

3

PHY 274/274L

Or

PHY 284/284L

Foundations of Physics II (w/lab)

Or

Physics II (w/lab)

 

 

4

 

Advanced Biology Elective

3

 

Social Science Elective

3

 

Liberal Arts Elective

3

YEAR IV Fall

COURSE

TITLE

SEMESTER HOURS

 

Humanities Elective

3

 

General Electives

11

YEAR IV Spring

COURSE

TITLE

SEMESTER HOURS

LIB 480

Premedical and Health Studies Capstone Seminar

3

 

General Electives

9

 

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