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*:
- The diligence and intellectual capacity to succeed in an intense medical school curriculum and board examinations.
- An understanding of the physician’s role in healthcare and the physician-patient relationship.
- The ability to communicate effectively and compassionately.
- Good moral character.
- An understanding of hypothesis-driven research.
- 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.
- 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:||Credits||Course:||Course Name:||Credits:|
|PSYC1001||Introduction to Psychology||3||MATH2001||Pre-Calculus and Functions||3|
|PSYC2001||Psychology of Adjustment||3||CORE-ENGL||The New Normal: Exploring Unstructured Problems||3|
|MATH1200||College Algebra||3||PSYC1002||Developmental Child Psychology||3|
|PSYC1107||Human Growth and Development|
|CORE1001||Managing Transitions: Change as a Norm||3||Open Elective||3|
|Humanities or Fine Arts Elective||3||Open Elective||3|
|Semester Total:||15||Semester Total:||15|
|ENGL1003||Writing about Literature||3||BIOL2504||Anatomy & Physiology II||4|
|BIOL2503||Anatomy & Physiology I||4||CHEM1002||Chemistry II||4|
|MATH2202||Calculus||3||Humanities or Fine Arts Elective||3|
|CHEM1001||Chemistry I||4||PSYC2105||Social Psychology||3|
|CORE3100||Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset||3|
|Semester Total:||14||Semester Total:||17|
|PHYS2001||Physics I||4||PHYS2002||Physics II||4|
|CHEM2100||Organic Chemistry I||4||CHEM2101||Organic Chemistry II||4|
|PSYC2603||Brain and Behavior||3||PSYC2303||Psychopharmacology for Counselors||3|
|PSYC2107||Experimental Psychology||3||PSYC3902||Psychology Internship I and Seminar||3|
|PSYC3903||Psychology Internship II and Seminar|
|Semester Total:||17||Semester Total:||17|
|PSYC4005||Research Methods with Lab||4||PHIL3300||Medical Ethics||3|
|PSYC2002||Psychology of Personality||3||CHEM3003||Biochemistry||3|
|General Education Elective|
(Note: Public Speaking is highly recommended)
|Semester Total:||13||Semester Total:||12|
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