Dec 12, 2018  
2017-2018 College Catalog 
2017-2018 College Catalog

Pre-Medical Concentration - Biology (B.S.)

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Biology is, on the simplest level, the study of life from cellular to global scales. An integral component of a liberal arts education, the Bachelor of Science program in Biology at Mount Ida provides the basis of knowledge for understanding the human body, animal social structure and behavior, plant function and diversity, as well as the ecology, genetics, evolution, and physiology of all organisms and environments. This program allows students to obtain a true science degree that is supported by professional courses in a range of interdisciplinary fields, from veterinary technology to forensic science to funeral service science, within the context of a liberal arts education. The Biology program emphasizes laboratory and field work, exposing students to a wide array of options to incorporate a biology degree into a broad liberal arts education for many career paths.

Career and Graduate Study Options

Students with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology are prepared for careers in the life sciences, as well as graduate work in basic and applied research. In addition, the Biology degree sets a foundation for professional careers in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, and science teaching. A multi-disciplinary approach to the overall liberal arts education at Mount Ida, utilizing the Biology degree, could prepare students for careers in science writing, science illustration, environmental management, or biotechnology.

A pre-medical concentration prepares students to pursue a medical degree at another institution after finishing the Biology degree. Students interested in the pre-medical concentration must have a minimum GPA of 3.50 after their first year of courses at Mount Ida College to be allowed to continue this concentration. It is highly recommended for pre-medical students to volunteer or intern in the medical field in their first-year summer, start attending pre-health meetings and take leadership positions in their second year, volunteer for clinical research or internship experiences in their second year summer and continue until graduation, shadow a physician, and plan to take the MCAT in the Spring of their third year. To be competitive in applying to a medical school, students need to maintain a high GPA of at least 3.60 and have a minimum MCAT score of 32.

Learning Objectives

In addition to the All College Curriculum skills and perspective, students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate mastering of a solid science background in chemistry, physics, and other sciences appropriate to a Biology degree;
  • Complete coursework (one year of biology, physics and English; and two years of chemistry) in preparation  for applying to a Medical School (requirements may be institution-dependent)
  • Apply specialized and general skills and knowledge in biology/general scientific understanding;
  • Gain an ability to integrate theory and practice through several applied experiences in biotechnology, or cell biology;
  • Practice well-developed analytical and critical thinking skills;
  • Demonstrate competence in appropriate biological technology and research information literacy;
  • Apply a firm understanding of the professional preparation necessary for career opportunities in the life sciences.

Policies, Conditions, and/or Fees

A minimum grade of C- or higher is required for all program-specific required courses (courses with the designation of BI and SC) in this major.


I. Required Biology and Science Core (49 credits)

II. Other Required Courses (30 credits)

  • Historical Understanding Elective 3 credits
  • Humanities or Fine Arts Elective 3 credits
  • Interdisciplinary Seminar 3 credits

III. Required Electives for Pre-Medical Concentration (18 credits)

IV. Open Electives (23-24 credits)

  • Seven to eight (7-8) electives to be chosen in consultation with advisor:
  • May include additional biology (BI) courses
  • May include a minor (6 courses)
  • May include open electives
  • Recommended electives for the pre-medical concentration are:

Total Credits: 120-121


*Students must take a minimum of 33 biology (BI) credits and are encouraged to take 37 credits or more of biology course work.

All College Curriculum:

Students must satisfy Oral and Written Communication Requirements of the All College Curriculum. These are courses inside or outside the program/major that have been identified as meeting the requirements for writing-intensive (“W”) or oral communication (“O”) courses. Students must include the following among their course selections:

Written: Three (3) courses beyond EN 102 must be writing-intensive (“W”) courses (the Interdisciplinary Seminar and two other “W” courses).
Oral: Two (2) courses must be oral communication (“O”) courses.

Suggested Course Sequence:

(Prerequisites of program-specific courses are listed in parentheses; prerequisites of all courses can be found in the Course Descriptions.)

First Year: Fall Semester (17 credits)

First Year: Spring Semester (14 credits)

Second Year: Fall Semester (15 credits)

Second Year: Spring Semester (15 credits)

  • Humanities or Fine Arts Elective 3 credits

Third Year: Fall Semester (15 credits)

  • Interdisciplinary Seminar 3 credits

Third Year: Spring Semester (15 credits)

  • Historical Understanding Elective 3 credits

Fourth Year: Fall Semester (15 credits)

  • Three to four (3-4) Open Electives 9-12 credits

Fourth Year: Spring Semester (15 credits)

  • Three to four (3-4) Open Electives 9-12 credits

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