Begin Your Medical Education With a Focus on Pre-Med Courses
A Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology with an Emphasis in Pre-Medicine provides students with the foundational coursework needed to pursue medical-related careers in the future. Graduates of this degree in biology: pre-med emphasis program at Grand Canyon University (GCU) may be prepared to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), Dental Admission Test (DAT), Optometry Admission Test (OAT) and others, and continue their education at the graduate level.
Topics Covered in the Pre-Med Courses
The BS in Biology: Pre-Med emphasis program at GCU teaches you the knowledge, skills and tools of the disciplines that make up the healthcare field. You may study topics such as:
- Biological sciences
- Ethics in healthcare
- Physical sciences
Future healthcare providers must learn to work closely with physician assistants, patients and other providers. The on-campus BS in Biology: Pre-Med emphasis program highlights the value of interpersonal communication and strives to nurture graduates in roles that leave a lasting impact on their respective fields.
Core Domains of the Pre-Med Emphasis
The future healthcare providers who graduate from the College of Natural Sciences at GCU will have completed extensive coursework in science and healthcare. This undergraduate degree content is broken into five different domains to ensure a well-rounded education in biology. These domains are:
- Science Foundations
- Professional and Scientific Communication
- Professionalism and Ethics
- Data Analysis and Interpretation
- Advanced Biomedical Concepts
The advanced scientific concepts included in these domains teaches medical biology majors the training they need for their exams and in their future coursework. Some topics included in the program of study are:
- General, molecular and cellular biology
- General and organic chemistry
- Human anatomy and physiology
- Scientific inquiry
What particularly attracted me to GCU was the fact that they fully prepared me for Pre-Med by providing cadavers in the labs. Not all universities have that kind of learning opportunity — especially for undergrads.
Career Options for Pre-Med Emphasis Graduates
Graduates with a pre-med emphasis from the on-campus BS in Biology program can work toward a range of career options. By exploring a wide range of fields and niche specialties, we uncovered the various pathways that can guide you toward career paths such as:
- Biological scientist
- Life scientist
- Biological technician
- Forensic science technician
- Secondary school teacher1
FAQs for Bachelor’s in Biology: Pre-Med Emphasis Majors
Embarking on a bachelor's degree journey entails a significant time commitment and a substantial financial investment. We understand the importance of feeling assured in your decision to pursue the pre-med track, and to assist you in making an informed choice, we have compiled a selection of frequently asked questions about the program.
If you are interested in beginning a career as a healthcare provider, this BS in biology pre-med track may be the first step toward that goal. Learn more about the program today.
1 If seeking licensure or certification, applicants to the program are responsible for contacting their state department of education for licensure requirements and program approval. In addition, fingerprint/background clearance is required.
2 Chen, Allen (2017, Dec.). From premed to physician: Pursuing a medical career. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved on June 23, 2023.
3 Association of American Medical Colleges (2022, Oct. 27). Table A-17: MCAT and GPAs for Applicants and Matriculants to U.S. MD-Granting Medical Schools by Primary Undergraduate Major, 2022-2023. Retrieved on June 23, 2023.
4 Amiri, Leila (n.d.) Applying to Medical School as a Nonscience Major. AAMC. Retrieved on June 23, 2023.
General Education Requirements
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University's General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.
- UNV-112, Success in Science, Engineering and Technology & Lab: 4
- UNV-103, University Success: 4
- UNV-303, University Success: 4
- UNV-108, University Success in the College of Education: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.
- UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
- ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
- ENG-106, English Composition II: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.
- CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
- CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments (mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, physical geography, ecology, economics, theology, logic, philosophy, technology, statistics, accounting, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of intermediate algebra or higher.
- MAT-154, Applications of College Algebra: 4
- MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
- PHI-105, 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: 4
- BIO-220, Environmental Science: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
- HIS-144, U.S. History Themes: 4
- PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
- SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4
Required General Education Courses
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.