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Core Studies Certificates

The Pre-Health Core Studies Certificates are awarded to exceptional students in recognition of outstanding academic accomplishments during the completion of the Pre-Health Program at the University of Pennsylvania. The certificate award will be noted on your Penn transcript.

Certificate in Pre-Health Core Studies

The Certificate in Pre-Health Core Studies is awarded to students who complete a minimum of 12 required course units (listed below) at the University of Pennsylvania with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. In addition to the required coursework, students must earn an MCAT 2015 total score greater than or equal to the 70th percentile, DAT score of 20 or GRE percentile scores of 65 percent verbal, 65 percent quantitative and 4.5 writing from an individual exam. Requirements for the Certificate must be completed within two years of enrolling in the Pre-Health Core Studies program. 

Course Name Course Number Course Units (c.u.)*
Introductory Biology A BIOL 101 (601 or 910) 1.5
Introductory Biology B BIOL 102 (601 or 920) 1.5
Introductory Chemistry I CHEM 001 (601) or CHEM 101 (910) 1.0
Introductory Chemistry II CHEM 102 (601 or 920)     1.0
General Chemistry I Lab CHEM 053 (601 or 910) 0.5
General Chemistry II Lab CHEM 054 (601 or 920) 0.5
Organic Chemistry I  CHEM 241 (601 or 910)  1.0
Organic Chemistry II CHEM 242 (601 or 920) 1.0
Experimental Org. Chem. CHEM 247 and CHEM 248 1.0
Classical Physics I PHYS 101 (601 or 910) 1.5
Classical Physics II PHYS 102 (601 or 920) 1.5

Advanced Certificate in Pre-Health Core Studies

The Advanced Certificate in Pre-Health Core Studies will be awarded to students who have received the Certificate in Pre-Health Core Studies and have completed an additional four course units of undergraduate advanced and elective coursework at the University of Pennsylvania, with a grade of B or better in each course and with a cumulative GPA of 3.5. Requirements for the Advanced Certificate in Pre-Health Core Studies must be completed within one year of receiving the Certificate in Pre-Health Core Studies. One c.u. of ANAT Human Anatomy may also be applied to the advanced certificate.

Two required courses (2 c.u.):

Course Name Course Number Course Units (c.u.)
Essentials of Biochemistry or Essentials of Cell Biology BIOL 203 or 201 1.0
Essentials of Molecular Biology and Genetics BIOL 211 1.0

At least one course from the following upper-division courses (1 c.u.):

Course Name Course Number Course Units (c.u.)
Histology BIOL 306 (601) 1.0
Developmental Biology BIOL 354 (601) 1.0
Immunobiology BIOL 404 (601 or 900) 1.0
Cancer Cell Biology BIOL 407 (601) 1.0
Molecular Physiology BIOL 436 (301) 1.0
Molecular/Cellular Therapeutics BIOL 445 (601) 1.0
Advanced Cell Biology BIOL 480 (601) 1.0

And at least one course from the following list of courses (1 c.u.):

Course Name Course Number Course Units(c.u.)
Fundamental Microbiology BIOL 275 (601 or 910) 1.0
Essentials of Vertebrate Physiology BIOL 213 (601 or 910) 1.0
Biomedical Ethics PHIL 072 (601 or 910) 1.0
Cognitive Neuroscience BIBB 249 (601 or 910) 1.0
Complementary and Alternative Medicine HSOC 259 (601 or 910) 1.0
Health Communication COMM 237 (601 or 910) 1.0
Medical Sociology SOCI 275 (601 or 910) 1.0
Sociology of Medicine HSSC 583 (601 or 910) 1.0

*Academic credit is defined by the University of Pennsylvania as a course unit (c.u.). A course unit (c.u.) is a general measure of academic work over a period of time, typically a term (semester or summer). A c.u. (or a fraction of a c.u.) represents different types of academic work across different types of academic programs and is the basic unit of progress toward a degree. One c.u. is usually converted to a four-semester-hour course.

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