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Bachelor of Science in Biology: Pre-Medicine (Pre-Med)

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Pre-Medicine (Pre-Med)

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Build a strong foundation to launch your Medical career

A Pre-Med focused Bachelor of Science degree in Biology caters to students interested in the medical field. Students receive the necessary health sciences education and experience to gain a competitive edge when applying to medical school. Graduates of the program typically go on to attend medical school, earn their doctorate degree, and practice medicine in a healthcare setting.

In this program, students need to maintain high science and overall grade-point averages. Students will also participate in healthcare activities such as Interprofessional Education, shadowing clinicians, working in a healthcare facility, or related service-learning projects. Students also have opportunities to participate in research related experiences. Altogether, opportunities in and outside of the classroom help students develop a well-rounded understanding of the health sciences and create a competitive med school application.

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My education at Mercy shaped me in ways that no other school could.

While completing the Radiologic Technology program I was inspired to pursue medical school. I would not have been successful if it weren't for the quality of Mercy College's Biology program and the individual attention I received. I'm grateful for the life-long connections and all of the support enabling me to become a physician in the Mercy system.”

Codey Tyda, Medical Doctor, (RT)R

Bachelor of Science in Biology ‘15

The Biology program's flexible design supports each student's individual career goals. The curriculum incorporates courses covering a range of maths and sciences. In each course, expect personal attention and 1:1 support from experienced faculty.

Career Outlook

Employment Growth

Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook: Employment of Physicians and Surgeons is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Job growth is projected due to the increased demand for healthcare services by the growing and aging population. Physicians and surgeons have demanding education and training requirements. Physicians need a bachelor’s degree, a degree from a medical school, which takes 4 years to complete, and, depending on their specialty, 3 to 7 years in internship and residency programs.

Salary Range

2018 salary for physicians and surgeons was $208,000 annually

Admission Requirements

Any Mercy College student in good standing can declare a biology major. High school science courses (Biology and Chemistry with a lab) or their college equivalents, must be taken within the past seven years with a “C” or better prior to the first semester. For a student to progress to semester III of the program, the mathematics pre-requisites must be met. (High school courses or their college equivalents within the past seven years with a "C" or better include Algebra I; Algebra II and Trigonometry or Pre- Calculus or an integrated sequence of advanced math courses (Statistics, Business Math, and/or computer courses will not fulfill this requirement). All program courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better; a grade of “B” or higher preferred, to progress through the program and for graduation.

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Professional Organizations

  • External LinkAmerican Medical Association (AMA)


    The AMA is dedicated to driving medicine toward a more equitable future, removing obstacles that interfere with patient care and confronting the nation’s greatest public health crises.

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  • External LinkAmerican Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC)


    Founded in 1876 and based in Washington, D.C., the AAMC is a not-for-profit association dedicated to transforming health care through innovative medical education, cutting-edge patient care, and groundbreaking medical research.

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  • External LinkAmerican Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM)


    The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) was founded in 1898 to lend support and assistance to the nation's osteopathic medical schools, and to serve as a unifying voice for osteopathic medical education.

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