Pre-Medical

Program Description

BSC students planning to attend medical school can choose any major, but prescribed prerequisites have to be completed before applying to a medical program. The major that most closely aligns with these prerequisites is biology with health care emphasis. This recommended course of study at BSC will best prepare students to take the MCAT exam by September of their senior year.

Students should be well-rounded, taking courses in both the sciences and the humanities, maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Extracurricular involvement is encouraged. Patient care experience is required.

Pre-med students will benefit from going above and beyond in their coursework. Strong relationships with faculty will be helpful in achieving this level of study. Students with community college credits are often in the best position to enter medical school, as they have acquired less debt during their undergraduate years.

Preparation

High school students planning a career in medicine should take classes in math and sciences.

Program Requirements

Those completing the suggested curriculum requirements receive an Associate in Science degree and are eligible to transfer to a four-year institution. Contact your BSC advisor for assistance with transfer planning.

Career Opportunities

Students entering medical school are not required to have four years of college preparation but it is preferred. To be considered by a school of medicine, a student must maintain a grade point average of “B” and place high on the Medical College Admission Test. Career possibilities include medical, dental chiropractor and veterinarian fields.

Transfer

All medical colleges accept transfer credits from accredited community colleges but vary on the number of credit hours a student must complete prior to application. BSC strongly encourages pre-med students to research medical schools and learn about the Association of American Medical Colleges application program. The American Medical College Application Service has an updated website where pre-med students can find the specific due dates and application requirements for the schools to which they plan to apply.

 

Contact

Jean Rolandelli • Jack Science Center 201E
701-224-5401
Jean.Rolandelli@bismarckstate.edu

Associate in Science

College degree requirements

Note: Courses listed on degree plan are suggested. Students should consult with their advisor concerning their unique transfer decisions.

Total Degree Credits62-63
Plan of Study Grid
1st YearCredits
Communications I  
ENGL 110 College Composition I 3
Communications II  
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition II  
Introduction to Professional Writing  
Communications III  
COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
Math, Science & Technology  
BIOL 150 General Biology I 3
BIOL 150L General Biology I Lab 1
BIOL 151 General Biology II 3
BIOL 151L General Biology II Lab 1
BIOL 220 Anatomy and Physiology I 1 3
BIOL 220L Anatomy and Physiology I Lab 1
MATH 165
Calculus I
or Applied Calculus I
3-4
Electives  
CHEM 121 General Chemistry I 4
CHEM 121L General Chemistry I Lab 1
CHEM 122 General Chemistry II 4
CHEM 122L General Chemistry II Lab 1
 Credits34-35
2nd Year
Arts & Humanities  
General Education Matrix (Arts & Humanities) 3
General Education Matrix (Arts & Humanities) 3
Electives (Strongly recommended)  
BIOL 221 Anatomy and Physiology II 1 3
BIOL 221L Anatomy and Physiology II Lab 1
CHEM 241 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM 241L Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
CHEM 242 Organic Chemistry II 4
CHEM 242L Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
Enrichment  
Enrichment Course Matrix 2
Social & Behavioral Sciences  
PSYC 111 Introduction to Psychology 3
General Education Matrix (Social & Behavioral Science courses) 3
 Credits28
 Total Credits62-63
1

BIOL 220/BIOL 220L and BIOL 221/BIOL 221L must be completed at BSC for transfer. BIOL 220/BIOL 220L is not required but if student takes BIOL 220/BIOL 220L then they must also take BIOL 221/BIOL 221L. This series is strongly recommended for MCAT preparation.

Suggested Lab Science Electives
MICR 202Introductory Microbiology3
MICR 202LIntroductory Microbiology Lab1
PHYS 211College Physics I3
PHYS 211LCollege Physics I Lab1
PHYS 212College Physics II3
PHYS 212LCollege Physics II Lab1