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Pre-Medical Studies

Get the breadth of science and mathematics required for admission into medical school. Supplement these fields with courses that develop an understanding of the complexities of human nature.

Careers studying and treating disease and managing health care demand ever-increasing knowledge and skills. The pre-medical concentration provides the essential natural and behavioral sciences. In addition, students are encouraged to explore additional sciences as well as psychology, anthropology, sociology, politics, literature, and the arts. Outside the classroom, students can join the student-led Pre-Med Society, a space for students pursuing medicine to gather and collaborate.

Specific premedical course requirements… vary among medical schools, but all recognize the desirability of a broad education—a good foundation in the natural sciences (mathematics, chemistry, biology, and physics), highly developed communications skills, and rich background in the social sciences and humanities… A solid understanding of modern concepts in physics, chemistry, and biology is mandatory, for major advances in medicine are based on principles stemming from these disciplines.

-The Association of American Medical Colleges

The Simon’s Rock pre-medical studies program is great preparation for a career in medicine. Our students have an enviable record of enrolling in their first or second choice medical school.

Related Career Paths

Students in the pre-medical studies concentration may enter into fields such as medicine, research, public health education, teaching, and law.


The pre-medical studies concentration requires a minimum of 54 credits, including biology, chemistry, mathematics, natural sciences, physics, and psychology. Because this concentration is so course-intensive, and many of the required courses overlap with other concentrations in the sciences, students do not need to fulfill a second concentration; additional coursework will provide a coherent complement, in satisfaction of the requirements of the College. 

Course Spotlight

Female students cooperate during a lab class.

Biology 202: Genetics

In this course, you will focus on the development of traits and how those traits are passed between parent and offspring (transmission genetics), as well how the genetic makeup of populations changes over time and geographic space (population genetics/evolutionary genetics).

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