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Information about the Premedicine major at University Park, and academic and health professions advising information for Penn State students exploring health professions.

The Premedicine curriculum plan, a minimum of 126 credits, constitutes an excellent preparation for admission to medical school by offering a good balance between science and non-science courses. This major also gives students the freedom to tailor the program to meet individual needs by permitting a generous number of supporting courses. Specific admission requirements or recommendations of a particular medical school, not already in the required courses of the major, may be included among the supporting courses. Many students also use their supporting courses to pursue a minor.

Program Goals

The four-year interdisciplinary Premedicine degree provides a preparation in the natural sciences and supporting non-sciences enabling students to be competitive for entry to post-graduate professional schools and careers. Program Learning Objectives include the following:

  • Students will acquire a foundation in the science disciplines (biology, chemistry and physics) of sufficient breadth and depth to enable them to read and critically interpret scientific literature.
  • Student will develop strong oral and written communication skills necessary to communicate their findings to others.
  • Students will develop basic knowledge of the primary natural science disciplines of chemistry, biology and physics and understand of the interdisciplinary nature of the fields (interdisciplinary program goal).
  1. Specifically, students will understand the process of cellular respiration and its importance in maintenance of aerobic life.
  2. Students can describe the process of cellular respiration.
  3. Students understand the parts of cellular respiration.
  4. Students appreciate the different fates of products of respiration vs. fermentation and the physiological impact of these processes on animal cells
  • Students will recognize the importance of behaving ethically and understand their ethical responsibility as future health care professionals.


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