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Pre-Medical Track at Hope College

Information for all Hope College students.

We are in a paradigm shift for medical school admissions.

The junior class (started in Fall 2012), graduating in 2016, is the 1st class to experience the new requirements for medical school admissions. Lucky YOU! Any incoming class, graduating in 2017 (starting Fall 2013) benefit from their experience!

Please plan to do the following:

  1. Keep an eye on this website, it will before each registration period.
  2. Be patient. It's a journey for all of us.

The new medical school admissions paradigm is described as:

Medical schools expect a high level of academic competency understanding of complex biological living organisms using the principles of biology, chemistry, physics, statistics, social behavioral principals along with high level written and oral communication and critical analysis and reasoning skills.

Below are some common questions and answers to help you along your journey.

To prepare for medical school, what classes do I need to take during my 4 years in college?

Along with the new admissions paradigm, a new MCAT 2015 content is expected. Courses at Hope College that cover the topics that will be on MCAT 2015:

    • General Biology I + lab (Biol 105 + Biol 107) [formerly Biol 260]
    • General Biology II + lab (Biol 106 + Biol 108) [formerly Biol 240]
    • Genetics (Biol 356) [Genetics lab course is optional]
    • Cell Biology + lab (Biol 348) or Molecular Biology + lab (Biol 366)
    • General Chemistry I (Chem 125) + Gen Chem Lab I (Chem 127)
    • General Chemistry II (Chem 126) + Gen Chem Lab II (Chem 128)
    • (or another option for General Chemistry is:)
    • Accelerated General Chemistry (Chem 131) + Accel Gen Chem Lab (Chem 132)
    • Organic Chemistry I (Chem 221) + Org Chem Lab I (Chem 255)
    • Organic Chemistry II (Chem 231) + Org Chem Lab II (Chem 256)
    • Biochemistry I (Chem 311)
    • Biochemistry II (Chem 314) [lab course is optional]
    • [you can take either one; depends on your major!]
    • College Physics I (Phys 105) + Physics Lab I (Phys 141)
    • College Physics II (Phys 106)+ Physics Lab II (Phys 142)
    • or
    • General Physics I (Phys 121) + Physics Lab I (Phys 141)
    • General Physics II (Phys 122) + Physics Lab I (Phys 142)
    • Psychology (Psy 100)
    • Sociology (Soc 101)
    • English (Engl 113 & upper level English: Engl 213 & Engl 214)
  • Critical Analysis & Reasoning Skills (all of the above courses teach these skills) PLUS
    • Statistics (Math 210 or Math 311/312)
    • Logic (Phil 201)

The above listed courses are the topics tested on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) 2015. Students take the MCAT once they complete these courses, and they feel confident about their ability to apply their knowledge in these areas. Students may take the MCAT in spring of junior year, or senior year, or after senior year. MCAT 2015 will start in Spring 2015 -- to learn more click here.

Courses Required and/or Highly Recommended at Some Medical Schools:

  • Psychology (Psy 230, 370 or 420)
  • Sociology (upper level classes, such as Soc 333-Medical Sociology)
  • Ethics courses (Phil 345 - Ethics; Phil 245 - Applied Ethics)
  • As many liberal arts humanities courses!

What courses/classes do I sign up for each registration period?

Look for and live on the Registrar's website you will find lots of hints and advice just for you!

What do I need to major in? Choice of Major

Medical schools seek students with diverse and broad academic backgrounds. Medical schools are most concerned with the overall quality & scope of undergraduate work and not with the specific academic major. A student should select a major area of study that is of interest and that will provide a foundation of knowledge necessary for the pursuit of several career alternatives. Many Hope students are interested in the sciences and will major in one of the sciences. However, Hope students with interests in the social sciences, humanities, or the arts, may major in one of those areas.

More Important Info for Pre-Medical Track

For current Hope College students, questions related to the pre-medical track, please contact HPA Professor T. Prokopow.

All others, please contact Hope College Admissions Office.