What are the advantages of a true Premed major?
Technically you don’t have to have any specific degree to enter medical school. What you do need is a minimum of one year each of:
- General Biology
- General Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
- Mathematics (requirement varies somewhat between medical schools)
You could add these courses to nearly any undergraduate major—except that the minimum science courses listed total 32 hours, and 36 semester hours is enough for a major. These same courses are also the basic preparation for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).
By far the most common degree possessed by medical school applicants is a BS in Biology. Students with this degree will have to add chemistry and physics courses to a major that may well be packed with other requirements requisite to a career in biology itself. That may take some juggling or an additional semester or 2 of coursework.
Premed at BJU
- The BJU Premed major is built from the ground up to provide optimal preparation for medical school.
- The Premed major is roughly the equivalent of a biology major with a chemistry minor, a year of physics, appropriate mathematics courses and a variety of other courses specifically chosen to prepare you for medical school.
- Because our curriculum is specifically designed to teach reasoning and problem-solving skills, our students do exceptionally well on all parts of the MCAT, but nowhere more so than in the Verbal Reasoning portion of the test.
- Our 4 advisors who advise only Premed majors are well acquainted with the milestones you will have to keep track of during your undergraduate years.
A Real Premed Package
General Biology I & II
Bio 100-101 are for biological science majors only (not allied health majors) and are designed to teach logical scientific thinking and problem-solving in the context of biological principles.
Essentials of Cell Biology
Bio 202 is a required course for biological science majors and is designed to develop logical thinking and problem-solving skills. In this course molecular biology principles that underlie upper-level biology courses are developed at a much higher level than is possible during the freshman year.
Human Physiology and Anatomy I & II
Bio 320-321 are specifically designed for Premed majors and emphasize a deep understanding of physiology through experimentation using computer interfaces. Anatomy is taught in the context of human cadaver dissection by an MD. This course contrasts with Bio 303-304 Human Anatomy & Physiology for allied health majors.
Student Medical Internship
Bio 490 is a course in which you will scrub up for surgery, observe in the ER, and rotate through the various services of the network of Greenville Hospital System (GHS) campuses. GHS is a University Medical Center which houses a branch campus of the USC School of Medicine. Such real world experience is invaluable and increasingly difficult for individual students to arrange on their own, but we are able to offer this because of an articulation agreement with GHS and our membership in their Medex program.
Phy 101-102 are taught in the context of problems with application to the concerns of Premed majors.
Bacteriology & Virology
Bio 322 is a separate course from our Microbiology course (Bio 308) for allied health majors. Bio 322 is designed to leverage the molecular biology understanding achieved in Essentials of Cell Biology (for biological science majors) to move students to a level appropriate to admission to graduate programs in microbiology.
Ph 402 teaches students about ethical decision-making systems with emphasis on Christian principles of action. Application to bioethical problems is made in this course.
Bio 503, an upper-level elective, parallels and sometimes exceeds what medical schools teach.
Biochemistry I & II
Chm 405-406 build on the foundation of a year of required organic chemistry. It emphasizes the interface between biochemistry and molecular biology and makes special application to problems with relevance to Premed majors.
Bio 505 pulls together elements of General Biology I & II and Essentials of Cell Biology and develops both transmission and molecular genetics principles to a level sufficient for graduate school programs in genetics.
Cell & Molecular Biology
Bio 506, an upper-level elective, matches what competitive research-oriented medical schools teach regarding these topics in the basic science years. This course also pushes problem-solving skills to a depth requisite to admission to graduate programs in this area.
Premedical Association (PMA)
This student-led organization is designed to enrich your undergraduate educational experience by bringing in outside speakers from various medical and dental specialties, holding a yearly Bioethics Symposium, arranging panel discussions of issues related to medicine and the lifestyle of medical professionals, bringing in admissions personnel from various medical schools, and arranging field trips to medical schools and other sites of interest to Premed majors.