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Major, Goals, & Requirements

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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.

More about the Premedicine Major

The Premedicine major, 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 & interests 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 4-year interdisciplinary Premedicine degree provides excellent preparation in the natural sciences and supporting non-science courses, enabling students to be competitive for entry to post-graduate professional schools and careers.

Program Learning Objectives:
  1. 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.
  2. Students will develop strong oral and written communication skills necessary to communicate their findings to others.
  3. 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.
  4. Students will recognize the importance of behaving ethically and understand their ethical responsibility as future health care professionals.

Information & Forms

Degree Requirement Check Sheets and Academic Plans

For plans from previous semesters, contact the Science Advising Center


Students entering Summer 2018 to Present

Premedicine major - Requirement Check Sheet, Academic Plan


Students entering Fall 2016 to Spring 2018

Premedicine major - Requirement Check Sheet, Academic Plan


Worksheet: Create Your Own Academic Plan

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