Bachelor of Arts in Psychology: Pre-Med / Health Studies Concentration

The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Pre-Med concentration provides students with a strong science background as well as the agile mindset earned from a balanced liberal education. A Harvard Medical School study reports that “…students are successful in their medical studies regardless of undergraduate concentration, providing that they have had adequate science preparation.” Psychology majors constitute the second-largest major of students in medical school and those interested in health-related professions. This background of study holds particular value for those pre-med students who are interested in psychiatry, pediatrics, or behavioral medicine.

According to the American Medical Association, medical education is evolving with an eye on the future, and growing numbers of students are applying to medical schools. Students are entering medical school from more diverse backgrounds and with more volunteer hours and research experience. The Pre-Med concentration at Becker includes the science preparation needed to favorably position graduates for further medical studies as well as a broad understanding of human behavior and mental processes, and an introductory appreciation for comparative psychological studies. In addition to the science requirements, the Pre-Med curriculum emphasizes community service and courses that focus on the mind-body connection and health.

Medical schools look for students that display six core competencies*:

  1. The diligence and intellectual capacity to succeed in an intense medical school curriculum and board examinations.
  2. An understanding of the physician’s role in healthcare and the physician-patient relationship.
  3. The ability to communicate effectively and compassionately.
  4. Good moral character.
  5. An understanding of hypothesis-driven research.
  6. The ability to lead and innovate.

*US News & World Report Medical School Research rankings

Students enrolled in the The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Pre-Med concentration gain experience in their selected professional fields as part of an internship or practicum. Student work is evaluated through a process that includes research papers, student projects, presentations, a Senior Seminar, and portfolio.


Learning Outcomes

  • Student learning outcomes are based on the American Psychological Association guidelines for undergraduate psychology programs.
  • Students demonstrate fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and empirical findings to discuss how psychological principles apply to behavioral problems.
  • Students demonstrate knowledge, comprehension and application of scientific reasoning and problem solving skills, including effective research methods, and interpretation of research data.
  • Students demonstrate ethically and socially responsible behaviors for professional and personal settings in an increasingly diverse world.
  • Students demonstrate competence in written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills, including communications with different types of audiences and for differing purposes. Students will develop a repertoire of interpersonal skills and approaches that will enable them to be successful in an interconnected, global society.
  • Students demonstrate professional skills and behavior that will ready them for post-baccalaureate employment, graduate, or professional school. These include appropriate work habits, career preparation skills, project management skills, self-efficacy and self-regulation, enhanced teamwork capacity, and effective self-reflection.

Pre-Med / Health Studies Concentration Curriculum

Course:Course Name:CreditsCourse:Course Name:Credits:
Freshman Year :
PSYC1001Introduction to Psychology3MATH2001Pre-Calculus and Functions3
PSYC2001Psychology of Adjustment3CORE-ENGLThe New Normal: Exploring Unstructured Problems3
MATH1200College Algebra3PSYC1002Developmental Child Psychology3
-OR-
PSYC1107Human Growth and Development
CORE1001Managing Transitions: Change as a Norm3Open Elective3
Humanities or Fine Arts Elective3Open Elective3
Semester Total:15Semester Total:15
Sophomore Year
Course:Credits:Course:Credits:
ENGL1003Writing about Literature3BIOL2504Anatomy & Physiology II4
BIOL2503Anatomy & Physiology I4CHEM1002Chemistry II4
MATH2202Calculus3Humanities or Fine Arts Elective3
CHEM1001Chemistry I4PSYC2105Social Psychology3
CORE3100Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset3
Semester Total:14Semester Total:17
Junior Year
Course:Credits:Course:Credits:
PHYS2001Physics I4PHYS2002Physics II4
CHEM2100 Organic Chemistry I4CHEM2101Organic Chemistry II4
PSYC3400Abnormal Psychology3MATH2200Statistics3
-OR-
BIOL3200Biostatistics
PSYC2603Brain and Behavior3PSYC2303 Psychopharmacology for Counselors3
PSYC2107Experimental Psychology3PSYC3902Psychology Internship I and Seminar3
-OR-
PSYC3903Psychology Internship II and Seminar
Semester Total:17Semester Total:17
Senior Year
BIOL3500Genetics3PSYC4600Senior Seminar3
PSYC4005Research Methods with Lab4PHIL3300Medical Ethics3
PSYC2002Psychology of Personality3CHEM3003Biochemistry3
General Education Elective
(Note: Public Speaking is highly recommended)
3Open Elective3
Semester Total:13Semester Total:12
Total Credits:120

For more information about the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Pre-Med concentration call 877.523.2537 or email admissions@becker.edu.