Advising Course Plan - Biology Major - Medical School Interest

Plan #1 - Students Interested in Medical School (MD, DO)

It is our experience that most incoming freshmen are not prepared for more than one lab science course the first semester.  The following plan was developed with that in mind and indicates an effective way to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and to complete the typical pre-medical requirements without taking two lab sciences in the 1st year.However, on this plan students will not take a Biochemistry course until the 4th year, after the MCAT might be taken.  Therefore, students on this plan who will take the MCAT after the 3rd year will need to take upper division biology courses with a biochemical focus during the 3rd yearand study the biochemistry MCAT content on their own and/or take an MCAT prep course.  Students who are comfortable with a year between Stetson and medical school also should consider this plan.

First Year
Fall
BIOL 141PIntroductory Biology I: Biochemistry, Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics1
FSEM 100First Year Seminar1
MATH 125Q1Introduction to Mathematical and Statistical Modeling1
General Education requirement1
 Term Units4
Spring
BIOL 142PIntroductory Biology II: Animal and Plant Physiology1
General Education requirement1
MATH 1301Calculus I with Review Part I1
General Education requirement1
BIOL 100Current Perspectives Biology0.0
 Term Units4
Second Year
Fall
BIOL 243QBiostatistics1
CHEM 141PGeneral Chemistry I1
PSYC 101S2Introduction to Psychology1
General Education requirement1
 Term Units4
Spring
BIOL 244Introductory Biology III: Ecology and Evolution1
CHEM 142PGeneral Chemistry II1
SOCI 101S2Understanding Society: An Introduction to Sociology1
General Education requirement1
 Term Units4
Third Year
Fall
BIOL 300 or 400 level course1
CHEM 201Organic Chemistry I1
PHYS 121PCollege Physics I1
Junior Seminar31
 Term Units4
Spring
BIOL 300 or 400 level course1
CHEM 301Organic Chemistry II1
PHYS 122PCollege Physics II1
BIOL 497Research Proposal0.5
Elective41
 Term Units4.5
Fourth Year
Summer I
If you intend to start MD or DO school the fall after you graduate. During the summer between third year and fourth year you should take the MCAT (after proper preparation; a prep course is offered on campus) and apply to medical schools (via online services AMCAS and/or AACOMAS).  
 Term Units0
Fall
BIOL 300 or 400 level course1
BIOL 498Senior Project1
CHEM 204Biochemistry I1
Elective1
 Term Units4
Spring
BIOL 300 or 400 level course1
BIOL 499Senior Seminar0.5
Elective1
Elective51
 Term Units3.5
Total Unit: 32
1

The timing of the Math course is not critical; it can be taken at a later time. Some students may place into, and wish to take, MATH 141Q.

2

PSYC 101S and/or SOCI 101S can be taken any time before the MCAT.

3

The Junior Seminar can be taken in the spring instead of the fall.

4

During the spring of the third year or fourth year, you will need to take another 0.5 or 1 unit course to average 4 units per semester.

5

You should consider taking CHEM 304 in the spring of the fourth year.


Plan #2 - Students Interested in Medical School (MD, DO)

This plan indicates an effective way to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and to complete the typical pre-medical requirements.  The plan also presents a way to be prepared to take the MCAT after the 3rd year by taking all courses on that exam before the end of that year.  This path includes 2 lab sciences the first semester so is only for highly motivated students with strong backgrounds in high school Biology, Chemistry, and Math and/or a math SAT score ≥ 650.

First Year
Fall
BIOL 141PIntroductory Biology I: Biochemistry, Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics1
CHEM 141PGeneral Chemistry I1
MATH 125Q1,2Introduction to Mathematical and Statistical Modeling1
FSEM 100First Year Seminar1
 Term Units4
Spring
BIOL 142PIntroductory Biology II: Animal and Plant Physiology1
CHEM 142PGeneral Chemistry II1
MATH 1301,2Calculus I with Review Part I1
General Education requirement1
BIOL 100Current Perspectives Biology0.0
 Term Units4
Second Year
Fall
BIOL 243QBiostatistics1
CHEM 201Organic Chemistry I1
PHYS 121P3College Physics I1
PSYC 101SIntroduction to Psychology1
 Term Units4
Spring
BIOL 244Introductory Biology III: Ecology and Evolution1
CHEM 301Organic Chemistry II1
PHYS 122P3College Physics II1
SOCI 101SUnderstanding Society: An Introduction to Sociology1
 Term Units4
Third Year
Fall
BIOL 300 or 400 level course1
CHEM 204Biochemistry I1
General Education requirement1
Junior Seminar41
 Term Units4
Spring
BIOL 300 or 400 level course1
BIOL 497Research Proposal0.5
General Education requirement1
Elective1
Elective5,61
 Term Units4.5
Fourth Year
Summer I
During the summer between third year and fourth year you should take the MCAT (after proper preparation; a prep course is offered on campus) and apply to medical schools (online service). 
 Term Units0
Fall
BIOL 300 or 400 level course1
BIOL 498Senior Project1
Elective1
Elective1
 Term Units4
Spring
BIOL 300 or 400 level course1
BIOL 499Senior Seminar0.5
Elective1
Elective1
 Term Units3.5
Total Unit: 32
1

The timing of the Math course is not critical; it can be taken at a later time. Some students may place into, and wish to take, MATH 141Q.

2

The Math courses can be put off until later if needed.

3

Physics could be taken in third year.

4

The Junior Seminar can be taken in the spring instead of the fall.

5

During the spring of the third year or fourth year, you will need to take another 0.5 or 1 unit course to average 4 units per semester.

6

You should consider taking CHEM 304 in the spring of third year.


Plan #3 (transfer) - Plan for students who transfer into the Biology Major and are interested in Medicine

This plan indicates an effective way for students who transferred into Stetson as a Biology major with 2 years of course credit and are interested in MD or DO programs to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in 2 years.  It is assumed that students transfer credit for BIOL 141P and BIOL 142PCHEM 141P and CHEM 142PMATH 125QMATH 130 or MATH 141Q, and most general education courses.

On this plan it would be best to take the MCAT after the second year at Stetson (see below for an alternate plan).  If it is important to the student not to have a 'gap' year between Stetson and graduate school, the MCAT needs to be taken between first year and second year.  To be successful on the MCAT the Sociology and Biochemistry that is covered on that exam will need to be studied without taking those courses.

First Year
FallUnits
BIOL 243QBiostatistics1
Junior Seminar11
CHEM 201Organic Chemistry I1
PHYS 141PUniversity Physics I1
 Term Units4
Spring
BIOL 244Introductory Biology III: Ecology and Evolution1
BIOL 497Research Proposal0.5
CHEM 301Organic Chemistry II1
PHYS 122PCollege Physics II1
CHEM 204Biochemistry I1
 Term Units4.5
Second Year
Fall
BIOL 300 or 400 level course1
BIOL 300 or 400 level course1
BIOL 498Senior Project1
PSYC 101SIntroduction to Psychology1
 Term Units4
Spring
BIOL 300 or 400 level course1
BIOL 300 or 400 level course1
BIOL 499Senior Seminar0.5
SOCI 101SUnderstanding Society: An Introduction to Sociology1
Elective1
 Term Units4.5
Total Unit: 17
1

The Junior Seminar can be taken in the spring instead of the fall.


Plan #4 (transfer) - Plan for students who transfer into the Biology Major and are interested in Medicine

This plan indicates an effective way for students who transferred into Stetson as a Biology major with 2 years of course credit and are interested in MD or DO programs and in taking the MCAT after the first year.  It is assumed that students transfer credit for BIOL 141P and BIOL 142P, CHEM 141P and CHEM 142P, MATH 125Q, MATH 130 or MATH 141Q, and most general education courses.  It also assumes that students already have taken an introductory Psychology and an introductory Sociology course (because these courses contain topics on the MCAT).

First Year
FallUnits
BIOL 243QBiostatistics1
Junior Seminar11
CHEM 201Organic Chemistry I1
PHYS 141PUniversity Physics I1
 Term Units4
Spring
BIOL 244Introductory Biology III: Ecology and Evolution1
BIOL 497Research Proposal0.5
CHEM 301Organic Chemistry II1
PHYS 122PCollege Physics II1
CHEM 204Biochemistry I1
 Term Units4.5
Second Year
Fall
BIOL 300 or 400 level course1
BIOL 300 or 400 level course 
BIOL 498Senior Project1
General Education requirement1
 Term Units3
Spring
BIOL 300 or 400 level course1
BIOL 300 or 400 level course1
BIOL 499Senior Seminar0.5
General Education requirement1
 Term Units3.5
Total Unit: 15
1

The Junior Seminar can be taken in the spring instead of the fall.