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Curriculum and Courses

Course Requirements

The academic curriculum of the Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program is designed to fulfill the prerequisites required for medical school admission. There are some slight variations in these requirements from school to school and state to state. Therefore, the curriculum is prescribed for students in the Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program to prepare them to train and practice anywhere in the nation. For program sequence of the following required courses, please review the program timetables: traditional, part-time, or accelerated. While enrolled in the program, students must fulfill all requirements with courses taken through Columbia's Faculty of Arts & Sciences. Students are expected to have their advisors approve their programs of study. In addition to the following courses, students are required to gain 120 hours of health care experience.

English

One year of college English or the equivalent is required. Most Postbac Premed students have completed this requirement as undergraduates and do not need to complete course work in English at Columbia.

Mathematics

Students are required to complete one year (six points) of college mathematics beyond pre-calculus, consisting of one term of calculus and one term of statistics.

If a student has not already successfully completed Calculus I, it may be taken as a co-requisite of Physics I or General Chemistry I.

Mathematics Courses

Biology

Students are required to complete one year (six points) of biology and one semester (three points) of a laboratory with an emphasis on biochemistry, genetics and molecular and cellular biology, development and physiology. Students may take the laboratory course in either the fall or spring semester or in the first summer session.

Biology Courses

Chemistry

Students are required to complete one year (7 points) of general chemistry and one semester (3 points) of general chemistry laboratory. Postbac students must complete the General Chemistry sequence before taking Biology or Organic Chemistry. General chemistry lecture courses have corresponding, mandatory recitations. The laboratory course has a mandatory one-hour laboratory lecture course associated with it, and should be taken concurrent with or subsequent to General Chemistry II. AP credits cannot be used to fulfill the general chemistry requirement.

Chemistry is a course sequence that students may begin in the fall or spring term. Students who enroll in Chemistry I in the spring should plan to take the twelve-week Physics II course in the summer.

Chemistry Courses

Organic Chemistry

Students are required to complete one year (7 points) of organic chemistry and one semester (3 points) of organic chemistry laboratory. Organic chemistry lecture courses have corresponding, mandatory recitations.

Organic Chemistry Courses

Physics

Students are required to complete one year (6 points) of general physics and one year (2 points) of general physics laboratory. Physics is a course sequence that students may begin in the fall or spring term. Students who enroll in Physics I in the spring should plan to take the twelve-week Physics II course in the summer as it is not offered in the fall. If a student has not already successfully completed Calculus I, it may be taken as a co-requisite of Physics I.

Physics Courses

Psychology (Recommended)

The revised MCAT being introduced in 2015 will include a section on material from the social sciences. Students who have not previously studied psychology at the college level and who will take the MCAT in 2015 may wish to enroll in PSYC W1001, The Science of Psychology, in order to be fully prepared for the MCAT.

Psychology Courses