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The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biology Medical Sciences degree track gives students optimum preparation for medical school, dental school or physician assistant program.

Prepare for Medical And Dental School Or Other Professional Programs with A Bachelor of Science in Biology - Medical Sciences

Get a head start on medical school, dental school, or physician assistant and other professional programs with undergraduate courses taught at the medical school level and have the unprecedented opportunity to enter Medical School with shelf exams behind you.

The Biology Medical Sciences track is a 130 hour degree created for students who anticipate attending medical school, dental school or a physician assistant program. It is designed to give the student a strong scientific background in areas that will make the transition from undergraduate science education to medical or dental school education easier. You’ll have the opportunity to take medical science courses such as Human Gross Anatomy, Human Neuroanatomy, Histology, Pharmacology or Medical Physiology. You’ll learn how to read basic MRI's, CAT Scans and X-rays, and work with human cadavers.

Medical students studying anatomy and physiology

Mississippi College is the only institution in the country where undergraduate students can take Medical School Board exams.

When a student is in medical school, they will typically take a board subject exam at the end of each medical school course. That exam is written by the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME). These board exams are commonly known as “Shelf Exams.” The scores are scaled to national averages across all medical students taking the exam. Because MC teaches many of our Biology courses at medical school level, the NBME has allowed MC to give those same board exams to our students.

Our program offers shelf exams for Gross Anatomy, Histology, Neuroscience, Physiology, and Pharmacology. Some of our students do substantially better on the Shelf exams that the average medical student taking the same course in medical school. Our high score on the Gross Anatomy Shelf exam was 97 percentile, which means that student did better than 97 percent of medical students who took that exam. The shelf exams are optional — you can take any of the exams you wish or none at all. Can you imagine applying to medical school and being able to report to the medical school admissions committee that you have already taken some medical school board exams and did as well or better than medical students?

Requirements Class Name Hours
University Core   36
Biology Core   18
BIO 110/111 Biology I 4
BIO 112/113 Biology II 4
BIO 305 Cell Biology 3
BIO 306 Genetics 3
BIO 307 Cell & Genetics Laboratory 2
BIO 431 Biology Seminar 1
BIO 433 Biology Capstone 1
Chemistry Core   18
CHE 141 General Chemistry I
CHE 142  General Chemistry II 
CHE 303 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHE 313 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 2
CHE 304 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHE 314 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II 2
Physics   8
Choose the two 100 level courses or the two 200 level courses    
PHY 151 General Physics I 4
PHY 152 General Physics II 4
PHY 251 Fundamentals of Physics I 4
PHY 252 Fundamentals of Physics II 4
Mathematics    6 
MAT 207 or 208 Elementary Statistics / Bio Stats
Choose one of the following courses     
MAT 121  Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 
MAT 122  Calculus with Analytic Geometry II 
MAT 206  Applied Calculus 
Computer Science    3 
Choose one of the following courses     
CSC 114  Introduction to Computer Science 
CSC 115  Foundations of Computer Science 
Communications     3 
Choose one of the following courses     
COM 203  Professional Communication Skills 
COM 304  Public Speaking 
Medical Sciences    33 
Choose 15 hours from the following courses     
BIO 311  Comparative & Developmental Anatomy
BIO 329 Molecular Biology 
BIO 403  Vertebrate Histology 
BIO 404  Pharmacology 
BIO 405  Pharmacology II 
BIO 406  Introduction to Toxicology 
BIO 407  Biology of Cancer 
BIO 409  Human Embryology 
BIO 410  Human Gross Anatomy 
BIO 412  Medical Physiology I  6
BIO 413 Medical Physiology II 5
BIO 414 General Microbiology 4
BIO 415 Immunology 3
BIO 416 Immunology & Virology Lab 1
BIO 418 Infectious Diseases 3
BIO 419 DNA Forensics 3
BIO 417 Medical Microbiology 4
BIO 422 Virology 3
BIO 425 Human Neuroanatomy 5
BIO 426 Mitochondrial Genomics 3
General Electives  Sufficient elective hours must be taken to meet the minimum hour requirement for graduation (130 hrs). Electives should be chosen in consultation with advisor.  -- 
Total  Hours    130 

Please note: Starting in 2015, the new MCAT will have a Human Behavior section. Students are encouraged to take Psychology (PSY 201) and Sociology (SOC 205) in order to prepare for the MCAT.

Please note: Biochemistry is required by UMMC medical school (CHE 418-Biochemistry I recommended). Starting in 2021, both Biochemistry and General Microbiology will be required by UMMC Dental School. UMMC Dental School also requires Statistics and 2 semesters of additional math.

Check the appropriate school for additional admission requirements.