Resources for Biology Pre-Med Students
- Suggested curriculum for students who begin their college career at the University of North Georgia.
- Most medical schools want a letter of recommendation from “the pre-med advisor” or “the pre-med committee.” What we send instead is a composite evaluation. Students interested in applying to any graduate program (not just medical schools) should learn about the composite evaluation and its advantages over a single letter of recommendation. Pre-meds, in particular, must become familiar with the timetable of the composite evaluation process.
- The most important resource for pre-med students is the American Association of Medical Colleges’s website. That’s where you go to find out about registering for the MCAT and applying to medical school.
Prospective Pre-Med Biology Students
I want to major in pre-medicine!
There is no such thing as a pre-med major. Pre-med students commonly major in biology or chemistry but may choose any major they wish.
What does the phrase "Pre-Med Program" mean?
We prefer the phrase "academic advisement area." We offer focused advisement for students interested in certain career paths. Pre-med biology students get an advisor who advises mostly or only pre-med biology students.
If pre-med is not a major, then what does it mean to be a pre-med biology student?
It means you must plan your college career with three things in mind:
You must meet Biology degree requirements to earn the degree and graduate. Current degree requirements are found in the UNG Undergraduate Bulletin.
You must meet entrance requirements for medical school. This means taking a few courses in addition to those required to earn the biology degree. For example, most medical schools require more chemistry than we require of our biology majors.
You must take certain courses at the right time to be prepared for the MCAT. Students take the Medical College Admissions Test at the end of their junior year. Organic chemistry and physics are covered extensively on the MCAT so students need to take those courses before they take the test. Some additional courses we recommend for MCAT preparation include physiology (BIOL 3350, not BIOL 2250/2251), genetics, cell biology, and general microbiology (BIOL 3290, not BIOL 2280).
What percentage of UNG applicants are accepted into medical school?
Students that prepare themselves sufficiently, take the application process seriously, and are the most capable of succeeding as physicians are always accepted. Our strength is in helping those students reach their full potential, by providing excellent instruction through a faculty dedicated to teaching. When institutions advertise high acceptance rates, look closely at how they word their statements. They may give a percentage of students who do this or qualify for that--they are excluding weak students from their statistics.
Where can I learn more?
The American Association of Medical Colleges. This is an excellent resource with extensive amounts of valuable information. Here you will find out about registering for the MCAT and applying to medical school.
Biology Pre-Med Advisors:
Dr. Frank Corotto
Dr. Paul Johnson
Dr. Ryan Shanks
Dr. Margaret Smith
Dr. Miriam Segura-Totten
Dr. Ching-Yu Huang
Ms. Margi Flood
Dr. John Hamilton
Dr. Alex Lowrey