Curriculum

Our Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical program provides students with a strong foundation in the science classes necessary to apply for medical, veterinary, or dental school, as well as guidance through the competitive medical school application and selection process.

This 12-month program consists of 36 credit hours over three semesters (June-May) and an MCAT* prep course during the spring semester. After the spring semester, students prepare and submit medical school applications for entrance a year from August.

Students in this program attend class daily, during the day, on a full-time basis to provide them with the rigorous academic study needed to prepare for medical school.

*Students can opt for a DAT prep or GRE prep course instead if they are interested in dental or veterinary school. 

Program Requirements

Below is a list of some requirements for the post-bacc pre-med program of study. For a comprehensive look at the program and admission requirements, review the current academic catalog.

  • All courses in this program must be taken for a letter grade: P/F and Audit options are not possible for any course in the program.
  • Post-bacc pre-med students can take classes outside of the curriculum or once their cohort is complete with authorization from the program director and class instructor.
  • A minimum of 28 credit hours (7 courses) from our program must be taken for a post-bacc pre-med student to be considered for a medical school committee letter from Agnes Scott. Committee letters are only prepared for students for up to two years after completion of our program.
  • The college typically does not allow post-bacc pre-med students to retake courses they took as undergraduates, unless the courses were taken more than five years ago. The exceptions to this policy are the general chemistry I and II, and biology I courses offered during summer semester.
  • Students who have previously taken any course within our curriculum must submit a formal request to substitute the class(es) or receive permission to opt-out. Classes older than five years from the first day of summer session classes (June 1, 2021) within the cohort need to be retaken. Students who have taken general chemistry more than three years ago should retake the courses in order to build a solid foundation for organic chemistry.
  • Students must be enrolled in at least eight credit hours in both the fall and spring semesters, and complete a total of 28 credit hours overall within the program.

Courses

Summer Semester (12 credit hours)

BIO-110: Integrative Biology I (3.00)

An integrated study of biological form and function as they relate to ecology, evolution and genetics. Inquiry-based approaches to problem solving in science. Lecture, 3 credits.

Course requisites: BIO-110 & BIO-110L must be taken concurrently.

BIO-110L: Integrative Biology I LAB (1.00)

Laboratory co-requisite course to BIO-110; must be taken concurrently with BIO-110.

Course requisites: BIO-110 & 110L must be taken concurrently.

CHE-150: Introduction to Chemistry (3.00)

This course delves into the world of atoms and molecules in order to study the structure of matter and the changes it undergoes. The course will provide an introduction to the field of chemistry. Topics include atomic and molecular structure, stoichiometry, acids and bases, enthalpy, and equilibrium. In addition, contemporary problems and applications of these topics may be explored. Examples may include atomic and molecular structure relevant to the design of new material such as memory metals; stoichiometry as a means of achieving green chemistry; acids and bases in the context of biochemical and environmental reactions; enthalpy in the context of energy generating fuels; and equilibrium and its role in energy storing batteries.

Course requisites: Take CHE-150L

CHE-150L: Intro Basic Chemical Lab Techniques (1.00)

This lab course focuses on the experimental methods in basic scientific measurements, elementary reactions and analysis arranged around a theme such as forensics or the environment.

Course requisites: CHE-150 prereq or coreq for CHE-150L

CHE-220: Foundations of Inorganic & Physical Chem (3.00)

This foundation course focuses on introductory aspects of inorganic and physical chemistry. Topics may include fundamental chemical reactions, nuclear structure and radioactivity, molecular shapes, trends as seen in the periodic table, equilibrium, gas laws, molecular collision theory, the laws of thermodynamics, phases, reaction rates and reaction mechanisms. To illustrate the role of chemistry in fundamental physical and chemical behaviors, examples are chosen from a variety of areas including environmental, medical, and forensic applications.

Course requisites: CHE-150 and CHE-150L, minimum grade C- Take CHE-220L

CHE-220L: Foundation Inorganic & Physical Chem Lab (1.00)

Labs introduce students to the analysis and interpretation of observations. This course will also illustrate fundamental principals of chemistry including: reactivity of main group and transition metals; bonding and its relation to behavior; solution behavior; gas laws; heat capacity and enthalpy changes; and kinetics of reactions.

Course requisites: CHE-150 CHE-150L; Take CHE-220

Fall Semester (12 credit hours)

BIO-111: Integrative Biology II (3.00)

An integrated study of biological form and function using one or more current problems such as addiction and cancer as a central theme. Molecular, cellular and organismal biology and the relationship of biological issues to science and society. Lecture, 3 credits.

Course requisites: Req'd prereqs: BIO-110 & 110L; req'd coreq 111L BIO-111 & 111L must be taken concurrently.

BIO-111L: Integrative Biology II Lab (1.00)

Laboratory co-requisite course to BIO-111; must be taken concurrently with BIO-111.

Course requisites: BIO-111 & 111L must be taken concurrently.

CHE-240: Organic Chemistry I (3.00)

The systematic study of the chemistry of organic compounds with emphasis on theories of structure and reactivity. Specific topics include basic organic molecular structure and bonding, isomerism, stereochemistry, molecular energetics, substitution and elimination reactions, and reactions of biologically relevant functional groups.

Course requisites: CHE-150 CHE-150L; Take CHE-240L

CHE-240L: Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (1.00)

Introduction to fundamental experimental techniques of carbon based molecules, including organic synthesis, purification and separation techniques, and theory and interpretation of infrared and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.

Course requisites: CHE-150 CHE-150L; Take CHE-240

PHY-102: Elements of Physics I/Lab (4.00)

Quantitative discussion of physical phenomena. Knowledge of algebra and trigonometry is required. This course does not count toward a major or minor in physics or astrophysics. Students planning to major or minor in physics or astrophysics should take Physics 202-203. Physics 102/Lab satisfies the lab science distribution requirement. Credit cannot be received for both PHY-102 and PHY-202. 3 LEC, 1 LAB.

Spring Semester (12 hours)

In addition to 12-hours of science course curriculum, students will complete a test preparation course for the MCAT, DAT or GRE during the spring semester.

CHE-305: Medical Biochemistry Post-Bacc Pre-Med (3.00)

Fundamentals of biochemistry topics with clinical significance for post-baccalaureate pre-medical students, including structure and function of biomolecules, enzyme kinetics, bioenergetics, catabolic and anabolic pathways and regulation of biochemical processes.

Course requisites: BIO-111 and CHE-240

CHE-340: Organic Chemistry II (3.00)

This course is a continuation of CHE-240 and it continues the systematic study of the principal functional groups in organic compounds. Specific topics include the theory and chemical reactivity of conjugated and aromatic systems, the fundamentals of organic synthesis, and reactions of biologically relevant functional groups.

Course requisites: CHE-240 CHE-240L pre-requisites CHE-340L coreq Take CHE-340L

CHE-340L: Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (1.00)

Project based synthesis based laboratories including functional group analyses and reactions. Use of advanced instrumentation including nuclear magnetic resonance, infrared spectroscopy and GC-MS are required for analysis of project results.

Course requisites: CHE-240 CHE-240L pre-reqs; CHE-340 co-req Take CHE-340

PHY-103: Elements of Physics II/Lab (4.00)

ELEMENTS OF PHYSICS II/LAB--Continuation of Physics 102/Lab. Credit cannot be received for both PHY 103 and PHY 203. 3 LEC, 1 LAB.

Course requisites: Prerequisite PHY-102

Contact Us

Celeste Whitman '16

Phone: 404.471.5460
Email: cwhitman@agnesscott.edu

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