Biology


Pre-Med Curriculum

Pre-Medicine is not a degree but is really a curriculum designed to best prepare students for their Medical College Admission Test or MCAT.  The curriculum focuses on biology, chemistry, biochemistry and into several other related areas of study in related sciences.  If a student lists what is required at a medical school before admission they will realize that Park University has already designed a B.S. in Biology with a Chemistry Minor or a B.S. in Chemistry with a Biology Minor that suits their needs. 
 

Recommended Curriculum

SUGGESTED COURSES FOR A PRE-MEDICAL STUDENT REQUIRED BY MOST MEDICAL SCHOOLS
CH 107 Introduction to Chemistry I 3 cr.
CH 107L Introduction to Chemistry I Lab 1 cr.
CH 108 Introduction to Chemistry II 3 cr.
CH 108L Introduction to Chemistry II Lab 1 cr.
BI 211 Anatomy and Physiology I 4 cr.
BI 212 Anatomy and Physiology II 4 cr.
BI 225 Botany 4 cr.
BI 226 Zoology 4 cr.
BI 231 Introductory Molecular Cell Biology 3 cr.
CH 317 Organic Chemistry I 3 cr.
CH 317L Organic Chemistry I Lab 1 cr.
CH 318 Organic Chemistry II 3 cr.
CH 318L Organic Chemistry II Lab 1 cr.
PY 155 Concepts of Physics I 4 cr.
PY 156 Concepts of Physics II 4 cr.
SUGGESTED ELECTIVES FOR MEDICAL SCHOOLS
(see specific medical school for admission requirements)
BI 300 Evolution 3 cr.
BI 320 Genetics 3 cr.
BI 326 Ethics in Science 3 cr.
BI 337 Biochemistry 3 cr.
BI 337L Biochemistry Lab 1 cr.
BI 340 Comparative Anatomy 4 cr.
BI 344 Animal Physiology 4 cr.
BI 350 Microbiology 4 cr.
BI 360 Cell Biology 4 cr.
BI 417 Developmental Biology 4 cr.
NS 220 Applied Statistics & Experimental Design 3 cr.
MA 221 Calculus and Analytic Geometry for Majors I 5 cr.
SP 213 Spanish for Health Care I 3 cr.

Educational Paths

Park University Undergraduates have completed their medical studies at:

  • University of Missouri
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Oklahoma
  • Vanderbilt University
  • McGill University
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Washington University
  • St. Louis University
  • George Washington University

My goal was always to be a physician.  After graduating from Park, I entered medical school at McGill University in Montreal and am now doing a five-year residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Montreal.  My undergraduate education at Park has been invaluable.  Small classes allowed me to ask questions freely.  Careful supervision in the laboratory was precious to my future.  Taking classes outside my major helped me develop a broader understanding of other cultures that serves me in working with diverse patients....I am forever thankful to Park for my success.  

-Janie Benoit, ’03  BS Biology

Medical Scholars Program with the University of Missouri - Kansas City


The UMKC School of Medicine offers a Medical Scholars Program that offers early and guaranteed admission to undergraduates interested in applying to medical school. Students at a limiting number of institutions, including Park University, may apply to this program at the end of their sophomore or junior year.

Applications become available each year on May 1 and must be submitted by September 1. An applicant must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher, with no grades below B in the sciences.

A person who is accepted into the program must meet the following requirements in order actually to enter medical school:

  • Finish a bachelor's degree. 
  • Earn a combined MCAT score of at least 26. 
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. 
  • Earn a 3.5 GPA, with no grades below B in a specific list of courses in chemistry and biology.