Bachelor of Science in Biology with an Emphasis in Pre-Medicine

The Bachelor of Science in Biology with an Emphasis in Pre-Med degree provides the necessary educational foundation for students who are seeking a career in medicine, dentistry, optometry or as a veterinarian. While not required, completing a pre-med degree prepares you for the medical college admission test (MCAT), optometry admission test (OAT) or dental admission test (DAT). It includes specialized coursework focused on preparing you for success in your graduate studies and professional career.

As a pre-med student, you will explore varying subjects, including sociology, psychology and ethical principles in health care and global health issues. Classroom lectures and lab work provide ample opportunity to study general and organic chemistry, as well as the principles of biochemistry. The pre-medicine degree program encompasses the study of genetics, microbiology, human anatomy and physiology. You will have the unique opportunity to study gross anatomy and gain hands-on experience in GCU's state-of-the-art cadaver lab.

The BS in biology degree program begins with a microbiology course introducing the principles and applications of microbiology and the study of the general characteristics of microorganisms, their activities and relationship to humans. The microbiology lab section supports further learning surrounding principles gained in the lecture course. The chemistry lecture and lab courses explore the scientific method, dimensional analysis, atomic structure, nomenclature and more, including experiments to reinforce and expand the learning of these principles.

The pre-med program curriculum ensures you will receive a comprehensive education in biology and also focuses on physics and its three basic areas including electricity and magnetism, optics and modern physics. You will also learn human anatomy, physiology and organic chemistry, such as understanding concepts, properties and reactions of organic compounds.

Further course studies focus on an in-depth look at social influences on attitude and human behavior, genetics, biochemistry and pathophysiology, which is a course designed to bridge the gap between basic preclinical science courses and the clinical requirements of health care/life science professionals. Legal and ethical principles in health, foundational concepts of pharmacology, spiritual and Christian values in health care and wellness, and global health issues will also be addressed throughout program learning.

This program is offered in the following formats or locations:

Main Campus

Enjoy Grand Canyon University\'s traditional campus experience. As of fall 2014, our 179-acre campus serves a growing student population of approximately 11,000. New modern classrooms, suite-style residence halls, popular dining options, resort-style swimming pools and a focus on creating a rich student life make GCU a top choice for high school graduates and transfer students.

On-campus program disclosures      

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.