Department of Biology
The preparation for medicine (pre-med) program is specially designed for women interested in attending medical, dental, veterinary, nursing, or public health school. A little more than 45 percent of new applicants in United States’ medical schools are women, according to a recent statistic.
Agnes Scott’s pre-med program counsels students on academic programs, preparation for professional school and ways to enhance acceptance into health programs. The College’s Health Professions Advising Committee writes letters of evaluation to each school to which a student applies. Students also have the opportunity to meet with medical college faculty as well as medical students, many of whom are Agnes Scott alumnae.
The pre-med program is a preparatory program that works in conjunction with the student’s major of choice. Typically, students major in biology, chemistry or physics, although Agnes Scott students have gone to medical school having majored in classics, art, French and many other subject areas.
What will I study?
Students may make many different course choices, but courses primarily focus in the sciences, including study in biology, chemistry and physics. Most medical, dental and veterinary colleges require a full-year course with laboratory in biology, physics, inorganic (general) chemistry and organic chemistry. Some schools require calculus. These courses should be in progress or completed by the spring of a student’s junior year in order to do well on the MCAT, DCAT or VCAT examinations, required for entrance.
Students have many different course choices and are not required to major in a science-related discipline to participate in the program. If students are not majoring in chemistry or physics, they will likely defer physics until the junior year. A student who majors in chemistry or biology should take introductory courses in that discipline within her first year.
Some sample programs:
First year: Biology 191 and 192
Sophomore year: Chemistry 101, 101L, 102, 102L
Junior year: Chemistry 201, 201 and either Physics 102, 103 or 110, 111
First year: Chemistry 101, 101L, 102, 102L
Sophomore year: Chemistry 201, 202 and Biology 191, 192
Junior year: Either Physics 102, 103 or 110, 111
These programs apply to any major. Students are responsible for knowing the admission requirements of the professional schools to which they wish to apply.
Non-science majors who decide on a pre-medical track when it's too late to change their major can apply to the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical program at Agnes Scott to take the requirements for medical school.
Why should I study pre-med at Agnes Scott?
- Emphasis on Placement
Agnes Scott’s Health Professions Advising Committee counsels students on academic programs, preparation for professional school and ways to enhance acceptability into health programs. The committee is very active in writing letters of evaluation to schools to which students apply.
- Internship Possibilities
Many students gain valuable hands-on experience through internships, such as working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), local hospitals and as lab assistants at Agnes Scott.