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Keystone College offers excellent undergraduate preparation for medical school and other health-related professional schools with our pre-med degree program, a concentration in biology. Students interested in the pre-medical professional program usually enroll as a four-year biology major, however, they are permitted to choose any undergraduate major in any field of study. Professional schools look for students that are well-rounded academically, socially and value service to others, and portray professional competence.

The American Association of Medical Colleges recommends that students interested in a pre-med degree, regardless of the major chosen, should select courses that emphasize the skills of verbal and written comprehension, a critical understanding of human values, and the power of creative thinking.

The MCAT2015 includes questions in the areas of sociology, psychology, and the biological basis of behavior, in addition to the traditional verbal reasoning, physical and biological sciences sections.

Pre-medical students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.4 and perform a minimum of 160 hours of community/pre-medical clinical service.

Students wishing to apply to medical school must do so through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) and take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) typically during the spring of their junior year or in the summer after their junior year. An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.4/4.0 plus an MCAT score of at least 30/45 is highly desirable.

Pre-med biology students learn in the field

Internships and Experiential Learning

Not all education happens in the classroom. Certain lessons can only be learned through direct hands-on experiences outside of the classroom with real world experiences in the field. Internships and other field experiences give students the opportunity to connect one-on-one with faculty, fellow students and other professionals. Students will acquire leadership and management skills, professional growth and personal fulfillment that can’t be gained in the classroom.

The pre-medical professional advisor offers advice and suggestions for your summer cooperative work and internship.


Students who receive this strong foundation in science can attend Medical, Veterinary or Graduate studies in pursuit of a career in any of the following medical professions:

  • Medicine/Physician Assistant
  • Dentistry
  • Chiropractic
  • Physical Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Optometry
  • Podiatry
  • Veterinary Medicine

Curriculum Guide

Curriculum Guide for the Biology (Pre-Medical) B.S. Degree

In addition to the General Education requirements and the Institutional Learning Outcomes for all majors, the following courses are a sampling of what is required for graduation for Pre-Medical, a concentration in biology:

Semester 1 

  • Scientific Literacy: Gen Biology I
  • Gen Chemistry I
  • College Writing I
  • First Year Seminar
  • Tech Elective
  • Critical Reading

Semester 2 

  • Gen Biology II
  • Gen Chemistry II
  • Speech Communications
  • College Writing II
  • Gen Ed Elective: Calculus I

Semester 3

  • Botany
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Moral Reasoning: Bioethics
  • Quantitative: Statistics

Semester 4 

  • Microbiology
  • Organic Chemistry II
  • Molecular/Cellular Elective
  • Social & Cultural Elective

Semester 5 

  • Field Biology
  • Biochemistry I
  • System Biology Elective:
  • Molecular/Cellular Elective

Semester 6 

  • Field Biology
  • Biochemistry II
  • System Biology Elective
  • Multi-organismal Biology
  • Gen Ed Elective

Semester 7 

  • A&H Elective:
  • PHYS 2110 Gen Physics I
  • BIOL 4810 Biology Seminar & Research
  • Multiorganismal Biology
  • Social & Cultural Elective

Semester 8 

  • Arts & Humanities Elective:
  • Capstone or Curricular 3000+
  • Gen Physics II
  • Free Elective 3000+
  • Free Elective 3000+ (If needed)

Updated: 10/2017

Disclaimer: The courses listed above are a sampling for marketing purposes only. Students should consult the College catalog and their academic advisor for course selection and degree progress. Students will work closely with an academic advisor to select courses and/or academic minors that fit their interests, as well as with Career Services for career goals. While the academic advisor assists the student in planning his/her curriculum, the student is ultimately responsible for meeting the requirements of the curriculum selected.

College Catalog

See the official college catalog for all course descriptions and degree requirements.

Projects & Research

Students have the opportunity to participate in a mentored research experience in conjunction with faculty mentors and community partners at any time. All students participate in the senior seminar and research course and capstone research projects, and present their work at the annual research symposium. Students and mentors also have the opportunity to present work at regional and national conferences.

Real World Experience

From internships and experiential learning opportunities to travel and conferences, you’ll have many opportunities to conduct real-world experiences, work with your peers and mentors in your chosen field, and learn first-hand the latest skills to succeed in the real world.

Study Abroad

Explore our study abroad programs and discover a world of opportunities that are sure to be the highlight of your college years.


Working with a faculty mentor conducting research enriches the learning process and creates positive lifelong attributes.

Civic Engagement

Engage in civic-based projects and service-learning experiences and make a positive difference in the greater community.


Internships and field experiences give students the chance to learn through hands-on experiences beyond the classroom.

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