Post-baccalaureate Pre-Medical Certificate
In order to earn the program certificate, students must complete at Mills College one-half of the science courses required by medical schools and achieve a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Required Science Courses
- General Biology with Lab
- General Chemistry with Lab
- General Physics with Lab (one semester of calculus is required)
- Organic Chemistry with Lab
- Biochemistry no Lab
The revised Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) that will be administered in 2015 will have a section that tests basic concepts in biology, psychology and sociology that are related to human behavior. Students who have not had introductory courses in psychology and sociology will need to acquire the concepts taught in these courses. This can be done by self-study or by taking the courses as part of the program. The MCAT continues to have two sections that test the materials covered in the natural science courses listed above.
Some medical schools have additional requirements; see Medical School Admission Requirements published annually online by the Association of American Medical Colleges concerning the prerequisites at particular schools. Depending on the extent of their preparation and time, students often elect to take additional biology courses: genetics and physiology are particularly valuable. Additional electives might include microbiology, neurobiology, immunology, developmental biology, and molecular cell biology.
A full-time course load for students in the post-baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program is usually two or three courses per semester. Most courses have associated laboratories or workshops, which translate to between 2.5 and 4 credits total per semester. Physical education activity courses do not count toward this limit. Overloads of up to 5 credits may be permitted with approval of the program director, John Brabson. No student may enroll for more than 5 credits.
Typical course schedule for two years:
CHEM 017 and 018 General Chemistry I and II with Lab
BIO 001 and 002 General Biology I and II with Lab
Elective: Fall semester–Calculus, if needed
Elective: Spring semester–Genetics
CHEM 105 and 106 Organic Chemistry I and II with Lab
PHYS 061 and 062 General Physics I and II with Lab
BIOC 110 General Biochemistry–lecture only (spring semester)
Elective: Fall semester–Physiology
See schedule of courses in biology, chemistry, and physics.