|BI 105||Biological Diversity and Ecology|
|BI 121||Biology Lab I|
|BI 106||Structure and Function of Cells and Organisms|
|BI 122||Biology Lab II|
|BI 207||Dynamics of Biological Processes*|
|CH 142||Integrated Chemistry Principles I|
|CH 143||Integrated Chemistry Principles I Lab|
|CH 144||Integrated Chemistry Principles II|
|CH 145||Integrated Chemistry Principles II Lab|
|CH 242||Integrated Chemistry: Organic|
|CH 243||Integrated Chemistry: Organic Lab|
|CH 342||Integrated Chemistry: Biochemistry|
|CH 247||Bioanalytical Chemistry Lab|
|PC 200||General Physics I|
|PC 202||Introductory Physics I|
|PC 202L||Introductory Physics Lab I|
|PC 201||General Physics II|
|PC 203||Introductory Physics II|
|PC 203L||Introductory Physics Lab II|
|PY 101||Introduction to Psychology*|
|SO 101||Introduction to Sociology*|
|Various||6 credits of Humanities|
|EN ___||English Course (in addition to CWS)|
*Required for MCAT 2015. Strongly recommend BI 316, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II as additional preparation. Students will also need to be familiar with statistics and be adept at critical thinking, skills that are fostered by participation in research as part of course work or over the summer. For more information on MCAT 2015, see https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/mcat2015/faqs/ You can also gain ongoing practice through the MCAT Question of the Day website.
Make every effort to take the MCAT NO LATER than the end of May of the summer you plan to apply. This will require DILIGENT PREPARATION DURING BOTH SEMESTERS OF THE SCHOOL YEAR.
- Some schools require two semesters of Biochemistry (check websites) and some require up to one year of math (ex. Penn State Hershey, which accepts ANY course with a Math designation); a general recommendation for a year of math is Calculus I and Statistics (some schools may accept a statistics course offered outside the math department; check websites of the schools). Also recommend genetics, comparative anatomy, developmental biology, ecology, microbiology, physiology, foreign language (especially Spanish), economics, social sciences, business courses, communication courses and ethics.
- These courses reflect program requirements for our affiliations with the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine only. Although this course list will be sufficient for most other programs, make sure to check requirements of other schools in which you are interested no later than your sophomore year.
- This course list does NOT represent a POE, nor does it cover College requirements. Design a POE, preferably in an academic area, in consultation with your advisor.
- Make sure to have an advisor on the Health Professions Committee who advises premedical students. See https://www.juniata.edu/departments/healthprofessions/committee.html
- In addition to your course work you are urged to gain some experience in medicine either during the school year or over the summer.
Special Programs in Medicine
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Juniata offers a 4 year Lawrence Johnson Scholarship for a medical student at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry as long as the student remains in good academic standing. Only one student can hold the scholarship at any one time. The scholarship is open to current students and Juniata alumni applying during an eligible year and the recipient will be chosen by the Admissions Committee from the successful applicants that cycle. No special application process is required. Minimum credentials for scholarship recipients are science and overall GPAs of 3.5 and MCAT of 510 or better.
LECOM 4+ Affiliation Program
Students in this program go to Juniata for four years and then, provided they meet the academic requirements, matriculate to LECOM. Students can apply for this option as high school seniors or up through the end of their sophomore year at Juniata. Please see LECOM's website for detailed requirements: https://lecom.edu/admissions/entrance-requirements/early-acceptance-programs/
American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine - http://www.aacom.org/
Association of American Medical Colleges - http://www.aamc.org/
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine - http://lecom.edu/
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry - https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/education/md.aspx
Minority information resource for MD applicants- http://www.aspiringdocs.org
Resource List for Medical Career Information
Family Medicine fmignet.aafp.org
Information on all aspects of pre-medicine https://www.aamc.org/students/aspiring/
Ventures Scholars Program www.venturescholar.org
National Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Organization www.nationalahec.org
Post-baccalaureate programs https://services.aamc.org/postbac/
Student Medical Associate Websites
American Medical Student Association www.amsa.org
American Medical Women's Association www.amwa-doc.org
Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum www.apiahf.org
Association of American Indian Physics www.aaip.org
National Hispanic Medical Association www.nhmamd.org
Student National Medical Association www.snma.org
Student Osteopathic Medical Association www.studentdo.org
General Information: http://explorehealthcareers.org/en/home
Suggested Core Progression for Pre-Medicine
Juniata prerequisites. Non-bolded courses are either offered in both semesters or represent open-ended choices, making them more flexible in when they can be taken. Course progressions after the freshman year are not carved in stone. Your particular course sequence may be different, depending on your situation. Consult with your advisor.
|Freshman Year||BI 105||Biology Lab II|
|Biology Lab I||Integrated Chemistry Principles II|
|Integrated Chemistry Principles I||Integrated Chemistry Princ II Lab|
|Integrated Chemistry Principles I Lab||Psychology|
|Sophomore Year||BI 106||BI 207|
|Integrated Chemistry: Organic||Integrated Chemistry: Biochemistry|
|Integrated Chemistry: Organic Lab||Bioanalytical Chemistry Lab|
|Humanities course||English course|
|Junior Year||Physics I and Lab||Physics II and Lab|
|MCAT Preparation*||MCAT Preparation|
*Both semesters of the year that you plan to take the exam.
If you study abroad the SAFEST strategy is to take ALL prerequisite courses for professional school in the U.S., which may require you to take courses in the U.S. over the summer, preferably at a 4 year institution. However, if this is extremely difficult for your situation, check with the professional schools you wish to attend to see if they will accept courses taken abroad and if so, get their response in writing. Also if you have a Biology POE and will not have BI 207 by the time you go abroad, check with the Biology Department to see if there is a Cell and Molecular course you can take abroad that will enable you to take upper level biology offerings at Juniata your senior year that require BI 207 (ex. Physiology, Immunology, and Microbiology)
Be mindful of your POE courses, which are NOT indicated here. For example, if you have a Biology POE, you will need to take Freshman seminar the spring of your freshman year, Frontiers of Biology the fall of your sophomore year, and Biology 207 at your earliest opportunity after completing Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry.