Saint Louis University

Medical Scholar Curriculum and Program Overview

Program Overview

Freshmen Year
Attend a mandatory orientation during the first week of fall semester
Grade Point Average (GPA) = Maintain a minimum 3.65 cumulative, and a 3.65 math/science GPA calculated at the end of each academic year.  (This minimum GPA begins with the SLU Undergraduate entering class of 2014)
Participation in the Medical Scholar Seminar course during Spring Semester

Sophomore Year
GPA = Maintain a minimum 3.65 cumulative, and a 3.65 math/science GPA calculated at the end of each academic year. (This minimum GPA begins with the SLU Undergraduate entering class of 2014

Junior and Senior Years
GPA = Maintain a minimum 3.65 cumulative, and a 3.65 math/science GPA calculated at the end of each academic year. (This minimum GPA begins with the SLU Undergraduate entering class of 2014)
Credits = 14 per semester

A minimum of 30 credits must be taken in the freshman and sophomore year with a minimum of 14 credits each semester. The 30 credits do not include course work taken in summer school, credit by examination, or dual and AP credit. 

In the junior and senior years, a minimum of 14 credit hours must be taken each semester, including study abroad. The total credits need not sum to 30 in the junior and senior years.

All math and science courses must be taken at Saint Louis University at the main campus. Organic chemistry and physics will be taken during the academic year, unless approved by the Director.

Medical Scholars are required to take one math course at Saint Louis University by the end of their sophomore year, appropriate to their academic credentials; the particular course will be specified by Pre-Professional Health Studies Advisors. Students must take math through the Calculus I level. The only transferable mathematics credit permitted is AP math coursework from high school. 

Curriculum

As a freshman and sophomore Medical Scholar, you will take the same sequence of courses recommended for students in the regular pre-medical curriculum, however, the sequence of your courses may vary depending on your course of study.

As a junior and senior Medical Scholar, you must complete lectures and laboratories in physics (organic chemistry for Biomedical Engineering (BME) majors) and take an upper-division science course fall and spring semester selected from an approved list. These are science courses relevant to a medical school curriculum. 

Advanced Placement and 1818 ACC/dual credit from high school may apply to courses in this curriculum; however, 60 semester hours must be completed in residence at Saint Louis University. AP credit and 1818 ACC/dual credit for biology, chemistry, and physics are NOT accepted for Medical Scholars. These courses must be taken at Saint Louis University. You will be allowed to make substitutions only with approval.

At this time, the following majors are approved for Medical Scholars:

  • Students may major in any program in the College of Arts & Sciences with the exceptions of Communication Sciences and Disorders and Computer Science.
  • Students may major in the following programs within in the Doisy College of Health Sciences; Health Information Management, Health Sciences, Investigative Medical Science and Exercise Science (Athletic Training only).
  • Students may major in the following programs within the Parks College of Engineering; Biomedical Engineering and Bioelectronics track of Electrical Engineering.
  • Students may major in the following programs within the school of Public Health and Social Justice; Public Health and Health Management.

If a student wants to choose a major outside of these options the student must discuss this
with the Director of Pre-Professional Health Studies and receive their approval.

 

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