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Program Overview

Freshman Year
  • Attend a mandatory orientation at the beginning of fall semester.
  • Maintain a minimum 3.65 cumulative GPA, and a 3.65 math/science GPA (calculated at the end of each academic year).
  • Complete a minimum of 30 standard-letter grade credit hours each regular academic year, with at least 14 standard-letter grade credit hours each semester. Credit hours do not include courses taken pass/fail, summer school courses, credit by examination or dual and AP credit.
  • Complete General Biology I and II and General Chemistry I and II with labs*.
  • Requested exceptions to the above requirements may only be approved in writing by the Director of the Office of Pre-Health & Pre-Law Studies.
Sophomore Year
  • Maintain a minimum 3.65 cumulative GPA, and a 3.65 math/science GPA (calculated at the end of each academic year).
  • Complete a minimum of 30 standard-letter grade credit hours each regular academic year, with at least 14 standard-letter grade credit hours each semester. Credit hours do not include courses taken pass/fail, summer school courses, credit by examination or dual and AP credit.
  • Participate in the Committee on Evaluations process in preparation for the medical school interview.
  • Complete the Medical Scholar Seminar during the fall semester.
  • Complete Organic Chemistry I and II with labs and Biochemistry I and II*.
  • Fulfill math and English requirements by the end of sophomore year (encouraged to satisfy these requirements during freshman year if possible).
  • Interview with SLU School of Medicine at the end of sophomore year.
  • Requested exceptions to the above requirements may only be approved in writing by the Director of the Office of Pre-Health & Pre-Law Studies.
Junior Year
  • Maintain a minimum 3.65 cumulative GPA, and a 3.65 math/science GPA (calculated at the end of each academic year).
  • Complete a minimum of 28 standard-letter grade credit hours each regular academic year, with at least 14 standard-letter grade credit hours each semester. Credit hours do not include courses taken pass/fail, summer school courses, credit by examination or dual and AP credit.
  • Complete the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS), applying exclusively to Saint Louis University School of Medicine.
  • Complete Physics I and II with labs*.
  • Requested exceptions to the above requirements may only be approved in writing by the Director of the Office of Pre-Health & Pre-Law Studies.
Senior Year

  • Maintain a minimum 3.65 cumulative GPA, and a 3.65 math/science GPA (calculated at the end of each academic year).
  • Complete a minimum of 28 standard-letter grade credit hours each regular academic year, with at least 14 standard-letter grade credit hours each semester. Credit hours do not include courses taken pass/fail, summer school courses, credit by examination or dual and AP credit.
  • Complete at least one upper division science course (3000 level or above) each semester.
  • Requested exceptions to the above requirements may only be approved in writing by the Director of the Office of Pre-Health & Pre-Law Studies.

*Pre-medical course sequence may differ depending on Scholar’s major.

All math and science courses must be taken at Saint Louis University’s main campus. Organic chemistry and physics will be taken during the academic year, unless approved by the director of the Office of Pre-Health and Pre-Law Studies.

Medical Scholars are required to complete their core curriculum requirement in math by the end of sophomore year, and must complete coursework through the Calculus I level. This requirement may be satisfied with AP credit, transfer earned prior to starting at SLU, or coursework completed at SLU. However, all Medical Scholars are required to take at least one math course at SLU by the end of the sophomore year (regardless of the AP, dual or transfer credit). The particular course will be specified by the primary advisers according to the student's academic credentials (e.g., MATH 1300, 1520 etc.).

Medical Scholars are also required to complete their core curriculum requirement in English (ENGL 1900) by the end of sophomore year. This course may be satisfied with AP credit, transfer credit, or it may be taken at SLU.

Advanced Placement and 1818 ACC/dual credit from high school may apply to some courses in this curriculum; however, 60 standard-letter grade 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.

Additional information ;can be found in the Medical Scholar Program requirements.

Approved Majors for Medical Scholars

Doisy College of Health Sciences
  • Exercise Science-Athletic Training
  • Health Information Management
  • Health Sciences
  • Investigative and Medical Sciences
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
Parks College of Engineering
  • Bioelectronics track of Electrical ;Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
College for Public Health and Social Justice
  • Biostatistics
  • Health Management
  • Public Health

If you would like to choose a major outside of these options, your decision must be approved in writing by the director of the Office of Pre-Health and Pre-Law Studies.