Many professional schools require a minimum grade point average (GPA) to apply for and gain admission. Completion of the requirements of the pre-medical studies program or the Medical Scholar component does not guarantee acceptance to graduate programs, as it is only one criterion among many that are used in determining admission. As such, the pre-medical studies program has the following minimum GPA requirements:
- Overall grade point average (GPA): 3.000
- Science GPA: 3.000
Even though a student may be in the pre-medical studies program, they must meet the GPA and course requirements upon graduation to have this designation appear on their transcripts with their degree. The pre-medical studies program designation will not appear on transcripts if the GPA and course requirements are not met at graduation, but the student will still graduate with the degree that they originally declared if they meet those degree requirements.
All courses listed in this section may count toward both the major (if allowed) and the pre-medical studies program. Students must complete all of the listed required courses, as they are the minimum pre-requisites for admission to most medical schools and form the basis of standardized admission tests (Medical College Admission Test, Dental Admission Test, Optometry Admission Test, and Pharmacy College Admission Test).
Required Courses (all courses required for a minimum of 39 credits):
|Biology 101 and 101L||General Biology I (Lecture and Laboratory)||4|
|Biology 102 and 102L||General Biology II (Lecture and Laboratory)||4|
|Chemistry 110 and 110L||General Chemistry I (Lecture and Laboratory)||4|
|Chemistry 111 and 111L||General Chemistry II (Lecture and Laboratory)||4|
|Chemistry 210 and 210L||Organic Chemistry I (Lecture and Laboratory)||4|
|Chemistry 211 and 211L||Organic Chemistry II (Lecture and Laboratory)||4|
|Physics 110 and 110L||General Physics I (Lecture and Laboratory)||4|
|Physics 111 and 111L||General Physics II (Lecture and Laboratory)||4|
|Biochemistry (CHE 315/315L)||Biochemistry I (Lecture and Laboratory)||4|
|Mathematics 141||Calculus of a Single Variable I||3|
|Recommended Elective Courses:|
|Psychology or Sociology course (1 of student's choice)|
|Genetics (ie. BIO 282/282L or BIO 382 or BIO 471/471L)|
|Cell Biology (ie. BIO 346/346L or BIO 568)|
|Anatomy and Physiology (ie. BIO 211 and 212)|
Recommended Elective Coursework
Students are encouraged to check the specific pre-requisite course requirements of any health professions program to which they intend to apply. The selection of additional courses, especially those emphasizing critical reading and writing should be at the discretion of the student in consultation with the student's academic and pre-health professions advisers.
Many professional schools recommend additional elective coursework in preparing for admission. Coursework in the humanities and social sciences provide breadth, and science electives provide a more extensive background for subjects covered by the standardized admissions tests. Students should engage in individual or team research experience as a course or independent study.
The most commonly recommended science courses by medical schools in the area surrounding Quinnipiac University (CT, MA, NH, NJ, NY, and PA) based upon the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) publication Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR®) include biochemistry and genetics, while the 5th Comprehensive Review of the Medical College Admission Test (MR5) also notes the importance of cell biology.
Students who transfer to Quinnipiac University and want to pursue the pre-medical studies program still need to have completed all of the pre-requisite courses. Although Quinnipiac may transfer the credits for courses taken elsewhere and not the grades, for the pre-medical studies program, grades from required and/or elective courses from other institutions will be used to ensure that a GPA of at least 3.000 based upon all pre-medical studies courses. The Overall GPA for transfer students will be calculated as for all other transfer students (based only on the courses completed at Quinnipiac University).
Advanced Placement Credits
Some health professions schools accept AP credits provided that applicants replace courses for which AP credit has been granted with a course in the same discipline at a higher level. Other schools, including many medical schools, do not accept AP credits as a replacement for pre-requisite science courses. Students are encouraged to check with the specific course requirements of any graduate health profession program to which they intend to apply.