Program Requirements

Students who complete the requirements for a post-baccalaureate bachelor of science (BS) in medical studies program will have all prerequisites for entry into a professional healthcare program, and will be prepared to sit for the MCAT or similar admission exam.

Although it is expected that you will transfer in coursework from your first bachelor’s degree, you must complete at least 30 semester hours in the North Park post-baccalaureate program to meet eligibility requirements for a second degree. Course waivers and substitutions are allowed. Your admissions counselor and advisor will work with you to identify which requirements will be met by transfer credit and which courses you should take at North Park to best prepare for your professional school.

To be competitive in applying to health professional programs, you must also have research and clinical experience. Post-baccalaureate students will be advised to identify professional opportunities (internships, practica in medical settings, or off-campus research) to build their resumes.

See a sample schedule.

Major Requirements (BS)

56 semester hours (sh) of major courses:

  • Biology (12 sh)
    • BIOL 1250 Introduction to Human Anatomy
    • BIOL 1260 Introduction to Cell Biology
    • BIOL 2930 Advanced Human Physiology
  • Chemistry (20 sh)
    • CHEM 1150 General Chemistry I
    • CHEM 1160 General Chemistry II
    • CHEM 2310 Organic Chemistry I
    • CHEM 2320 Organic Chemistry II
    • CHEM 3330 Biochemistry
  • Psychology (4 sh) — PSYC 1000 Introduction to Psychology
  • Sociology (4 sh) — SOC 1910 Introduction to Sociology
  • Mathematics (8 sh) — Choose from the following courses:
    • MATH 1150 Pre-Calculus Mathematics
    • MATH 1510 Calculus I
    • MATH 1520 Calculus II
    • STAT 1490 Statistics for Social Sciences
  • Physics (8 sh) — Choose from the following course sets:
    • PHYS 1210 and PHYS 1220 Introductory Physics I and II
    • PHYS 1110 and PHYS 1120 College Physics I and II


Courses from the following list may be used to enhance your record for application to a health professional program or to meet the minimum semester-hour and residency requirements for a second bachelor’s degree.

  • Biology
    • BIOL 2100 Topics (Medical Terminology or Physiology of Disease)
    • BIOL 2910 Microbiology
    • BIOL 3210 Genetics
    • BIOL 3230 Molecular Biology
    • BIOL 3140 Histology
    • BIOL 3510 Embryology
    • BIOL 3620 Immunology
  • Chemistry
    • CHEM 3250 Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics and Kinetics
    • CHEM 3260 Physical Chemistry: Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy
  • Psychology
    • PSYC 2100 Research Methods in Psychology
    • PSYC 2700 Human Lifespan Development
    • PSYC 3010 Behavioral Neuroscience
    • PSYC 3600 Abnormal Psychology
  • Physics
    • PHYS 2110 Modern Physics
  • Additional math courses not taken as part of the major requirements:
    • MATH 1150 Pre-Calculus Mathematics
    • MATH 1510 Calculus I
    • MATH 1520 Calculus II
    • STAT 1490 Introductory Statistics

Course Descriptions

Course descriptions for the above courses are available in the University catalog, or on the following pages:

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