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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:

  • General Biology I & II with lab (8 credits)
  • General Chemistry I & II with lab (8 credits)
  • Calculus I & II (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)

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

Introduction to the Major

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 120 or LIB 133

Introduction to Psychology or American Culture, Identity, and Public Life

3

MAT 152

Calculus II

3

TOTAL


17

If LIB 120 is completed in Year I Spring, then you will have the following Year II schedule.

Year II-Fall

COURSE TITLE SEMESTER HOURS

CHE 231

Organic Chemistry I (w/ lab)

4

LIB 133

American Culture, Identity, and Public Life

3

LIB 205

Health Professions Orientation Seminar

1

MAT 261

Statistics

3

BEH

Behavioral Sciences* Elective #1

3

HUM

Humanities Elective

3

TOTAL


17

Year II-Spring

COURSE TITLE SEMESTER HOURS

BIO 255

Medical Microbiology (w/ lab)

4

CHE 232

Organic Chemistry II

3

CHE 234L

Organic Chemistry II Laboratory

1

LIB 220

Introduction to Interpersonal Communication for Health Professionals

3

SSC 230

Cultural Anthropology

3

TOTAL


14

If LIB 133 is completed in Year I spring, then you will have the following Year II schedule.

Year II-Fall

COURSE TITLE SEMESTER HOURS

CHE 231

Organic Chemistry I (w/ lab)

4

LIB 120

Introduction to Psychology

3

LIB 205

Health Professions Orientation Seminar

1

MAT 261

Statistics

3

SSC 230

Cultural Anthropology

3

TOTAL


14

Year II-Spring

COURSE TITLE SEMESTER HOURS

BEH

Behavioral Sciences* Elective #1

3

BIO 255

Medical Microbiology (w/ lab)

4

CHE 232

Organic Chemistry II

3

CHE 234L

Organic Chemistry II Laboratory

1

LIB 220

Introduction to Interpersonal Communication for Health Professionals

3

HUM

Humanities Elective

3

TOTAL


17

*BEH elective choices for PMHS majors include: (BEH 250) Health Psychology; (BEH 405) Mind/Body Medicine; (BEH 260) Behavioral Health; (BEH 341) Biological Psychology; (BEH 454) Stress & Illness; (BEH 351) Social Psychology; (BEH 352) Human Development Through the Life Cycle

Year III-Fall

COURSE TITLE SEMESTER HOURS

BEH

Behavioral Sciences Elective #2

3

BIO 346

Applied Concepts in Public Health

3

BIO 360

Cellular Biochemistry

4

BIO

Advanced Biology*** Elective #1

3

PHY 270 or PHY 280**

Foundations of Physics I or Physics I (w/lab)

3 or 4

PHY 272L (if PHY 270)

Foundations of Physics I Laboratory

1 or 0

TOTAL


17

Year III-Spring

COURSE TITLE SEMESTER HOURS

LIB 512

Healthcare Ethics

3


Liberal Arts elective****

3

PHY 274 or PHY 284

Foundations of Physics II (w/ lab) or Physics II (w/ lab)

4

SSC 495

Evolution of the Health Professions

3

BIO

Advanced Biology*** Elective #2

 

3

TOTAL


16

**PHY 280/284 is meant for students who will be taking professional school entrance exams such as the MCAT, DAT, GRE or OAT.

***Advanced Bio Electives include: (BIO 434) Immunology; (BIO 332) Genetics; (BIO 405) Plagues of the Past, Present & Future; (BIO 430) Molecular Biology of Cancer; (BIO 455) Advanced Microbiology (w/ lab); (PSB 328/329) Physiology/Pathophysiology I & II; (BIO 450) Cell Biology; (BIO 351/352) Advanced Anatomy & Physiology I & II with labs; (BIO 3xx) Applied Human Physiology; or approved COF upper level BIO course

****Liberal Arts elective can be in any 3 semester hour courses in the following areas: BEH, HUM, SCC, language or communication courses.

Year IV-Fall

COURSE TITLE SEMESTER HOURS

HUM

Humanities Elective

3


General Electives

12

TOTAL


15

Year IV-Spring

COURSE TITLE SEMESTER HOURS

LIB 480

Premedical and Health Studies Capstone Seminar

3


General Electives

9

TOTAL


12

Total credits to complete degree requirements: 123 s.h.

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