Program Overview:

Post-baccalaureate Premedicine Program

Students in the Premedicine post-baccalaureate certificate program have the opportunity to meet their educational goals at a world-class university. The program admits post-baccalaureate students seeking the laboratory science courses in biology, general and organic chemistry and physics required for the application to most medical and related professional schools. The highly regarded Northwestern University curriculum and faculty give students an in-depth science foundation. The flexible schedule allows students to prepare for advanced study at a pace that meets their individual needs. This program is designed for career changers and students who have not completed the coursework needed to apply to medical school.


Students are required to take the following courses:

  • BIOL SCI 215 Genetics and Molecular Biology*+
  • BIOL SCI 216 Cell Biology*
  • BIOL SCI 217 Physiology*
  • BIOL SCI 218 Biochemistry*
  • BIOL SCI 220 Genetic and Molecular Processes Laboratory
  • BIOL SCI 221 Cellular Processes Laboratory
  • BIOL SCI 222 Physiological Processes Laboratory
  • CHEM 101 General Chemistry (with lab, CHEM 121)
  • CHEM 102 General Inorganic Chemistry (with lab, CHEM 122)
  • CHEM 103 General Physical Chemistry (with lab, CHEM 123)
  • CHEM 210-A Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 210-B Organic Chemistry II (with lab, CHEM 230-B)
  • CHEM 210-C Organic Chemistry III (with lab, CHEM 230-C)
  • PHYSICS 130-A, B, C College Physics I,II,III (with lab)

*New courses starting August 2014; BIOL SCI 215 – 218 replaces the one-year sequence in biological sciences BIOL SCI 210-A,-B,-C.

+BIOL SCI 215-CN is scheduled in a five-week session in September. In 2014, the course will meet Saturdays 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. and Mondays 6:15 to 9:15 p.m. between Saturday, August 30 and Monday, September 29. The course will not meet on Monday, September 1 in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

Elective Courses

In addition to the program requirements, premedicine students have the option to take any of the courses offered at SPS. Many premedicine students take courses such as the following, especially during their glide year in which they are preparing and submitting their applications. Elective courses are not eligible for financial aid, based upon federal financial aid requirements.

  • BIOL SCI 301 Biochemistry
  • BIOL SCI 313 Human Anatomy
  • BIOL SCI 315 Cell Biology
  • BIOL SCI 316 Human Structure and Function
  • BIOL SCI 335-A Human Physiology I
  • BIOL SCI 335-B Human Physiology II
  • BIOL SCI 355 Immunobiology

Student Performance

SPS premedicine students are competitive candidates for medical school application.








* Five-year average 2009–2014       ** 2014 data from American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS®)

Transfer Credit Policy for Premedicine

Students in the Premedicine post-baccalaureate certificate program may transfer up to eight semester hours or twelve quarter hours of academic credit. A transcript and grade of B or better are required to transfer courses for this program. Courses audited or taken with the pass/no credit option cannot be applied toward the program requirements. Courses earned for a bachelor's degree at SPS may not be applied retroactively toward certificate requirements. Students who have completed up to two courses as a student-at-large may apply for a certificate and ask that those courses be included in the certificate. If students complete additional courses (beyond two) as a student-at-large, a petition to the Student Affairs Committee requesting  an exception to policy should be submitted. All transfer credit must be approved before a student begins his or her course work at SPS.

Additional Information

Premedicine students have different admissions requirements and processes than other post-baccalaureate students. Be sure to check the information provided by SPS Admissions to answer your questions about this program.