Post-baccalaureate Pre-Medical Certificate

In order to earn the program certificate, students must complete the courses listed below (or their equivalent). One-half of these courses must be completed at Mills College with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Evidence of completion of courses not taken at Mills is required.

Required Science Courses

  • General Biology with Lab
  • General Chemistry with Lab
  • General Physics with Lab (one semester of calculus is required)
  • Accelerated Organic Chemistry and Applied Organic Chemistry with Lab
  • Biochemistry with Lab

The current Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) has a section that tests basic concepts in biology, psychology and sociology that are related to human behavior. Students who have not had introductory courses in psychology and sociology will need to acquire the concepts taught in these courses. This can be done by self-study or by taking the courses as part of the program. The MCAT has two sections that test the materials covered in the natural science courses listed above and a section on critical analysis and reasoning.

Some medical schools have additional requirements; see Medical School Admission Requirements published annually online by the Association of American Medical Colleges concerning the prerequisites at particular schools. Depending on the extent of their preparation and time, students often elect to take additional biology courses: genetics and physiology are particularly valuable. Additional electives might include microbiology, neurobiology, immunology, developmental biology, and molecular cell biology.

A full-time course load for students in the post-baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program is usually two or three courses per semester. Most courses have associated laboratories or workshops, which translates to a total of between 8 and 13 semester course credits. Physical education activity courses do not count toward this limit. Overloads of up to 16 credits may be permitted with approval of the program director, Sandra Banks. No student may enroll for more than 16 credits.

Typical course schedule for two years

First Year:
CHEM 017
CHEM 018
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
BIO 001
BIO 002
General Biology I with Lab
and General Biology II with Lab
Elective: Fall semester–Calculus, if needed
Elective: Spring semester–Genetics
Second Year:
CHEM 107Accelerated Organic Chemistry with laboratory5
CHEM 108Applied Organic Chemistry with Lab3
PHYS 061
PHYS 062
General Physics I
and General Physics II
BIOC 110General Biochemistry (spring semester)4
Elective: Fall semester–Physiology