Medical Sciences Curriculum

Curricular Requirements
 

CREDITS

CAS Core Requirements

42-43

  Credits
Program Required Courses 30-33
BIO 105 - Biology I: Ecology/Evolution (included in core requirements) 4
BIO 106 - Biology II: Cellular/Molecular 4
BIO 200 - HumanGenetics or BIO 207 Organismal Genetics 4-5
BIO 245 - Gen Prin of Human Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathophysiology I 4
BIO 345 - Gen Prin of Human Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathophysiology II 5
BIO 370 - Cell Biology 3
BIO 200 or higher elective (not satisfied by Internship/Research) 3-4
BIO 400 or higher elective (not satisfied by Internship/Research) 3-4
  Credits
Program Required Science and Mathematics Courses 37
Chemistry  
CHE 110 - General Chemistry I 4
CHE 111 - General Chemistry II 4
CHE 210 - Organic Chemistry I 5
CHE 211 - Organic Chemistry II 5
CHE 310 - Fundamentals of Biochemistry 4
   
Mathematics  
MAT 150-Statistics for Life Sciences 3
MAT 190 - Calculus I 4
   
Physics  
PHY 110 - Physics I and 4
PHY 111 - Physics II 4
Or  
PHY 210 - University Physics I and 4
PHY 211 - University Physics II 4
   
Open Elective Courses (as needed to reach 120 credits) variable
Minimum Required Total Credits 120

Additional Guidelines

BIO 210, BIO 275H, BIO 295, BIO 410, BIO 485H and BIO 495 research and internship courses do NOT meet 200- and 400-level course requirements.

Accelerated 3-4 Option Medical Biology-Medical Sciences Track

For those students interested in attending the University of New England's College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM), an accelerated version of this track offers the opportunity to complete this major upon successful completion of three years of undergraduate work and the first year of medical school.  Qualified CAS undergraduate students who wish to become a doctor of osteopathy (D.O.), may apply for early admission to the College of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of New England following their third year. This "3-4 Program" allows mature, qualified CAS students to complete an undergraduate degree and doctor of osteopathy degree in seven years. The program is for students admitted to CAS in the medical sciences track in the medical biology major. Recommended policy and procedures for this program follow:

  • Complete admission requirements of the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the University of New England (see the COM Catalog medical college admission requirements.)
  • Complete CAS graduation requirements for both the medical sciences track in the medical biology major and the CAS Core Curriculum (with the exception of one BIO 400 or higher level course).
  • Successful completion of the first year of COM courses for which 30 hours of credit will be awarded towards meeting the undergraduate degree.
  • Seventy-five percent or 90 credit hours of the total required credit hours for a baccalaureate degree must be completed prior to matriculation in COM.
  • To qualify for the 3-4 Program, students must satisfy a two-year residency which requires that at least two thirds (60 credit hours) of the undergraduate requirements be taken while in CAS.
  • Students entering the 3-4 Program should declare their intention by the end of the fall semester of their second year at the Registration Services office and with their advisor. The form may be obtained online on the Registration Services website.
  • To remain in good standing, students in the 3-4 Program must maintain a UNE cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or better (on a scale of 4.00) for all subjects and a science GPA of 3.00 or better.
  • Students should apply to COM at the beginning of the fall semester of their third year. They will undergo the regular admission process as indicated in the UNECOM catalog and be evaluated by the Admission Committee of COM. Students are strongly advised to seek regular advice, counseling, and support from the Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee (PHPAC). Continuing support of 3-4 students by the PHPAC requires demonstration of academic strength, personal motivation, and sufficient maturity to indicate probable success in the Osteopathic Medical Program.
  • 3-4 Program students who fulfill requirements as described are guaranteed an interview and are assured of receiving full consideration by the Admissions Committee for admission to COM.
  • Students are encouraged to take the MCAT in April of their second year.
  • During their first year at COM, 3-4 Program students will also be CAS students and are therefore encouraged to continue to seek counsel and guidance of PHPAC of CAS.
  • First-year 3-4 COM students will submit a "Petition to Graduate" form to the Registration Services office during the first week of their second semester and will be awarded a baccalaureate degree upon satisfactory completion of the first year at COM. This form may also be obtained online on the Registration Services website.
  • Students must fulfill all other CAS and COM requirements and business office obligations

ACCELERATED 3-4 OPTION MEDICAL BIOLOGY-DENTAL MEDICINE TRACK *ADDENDUM*

For those students interested in attending the University of New England's College of Dental Medicine (CDM), an accelerated version of this track offers the opportunity to complete the Medical Biology – Medical Sciences major upon the successful conclusion of three years of undergraduate work and the first year of dental school.  Qualified College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) undergraduate students who wish to become a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) may apply for consideration to the 3-4 program concurrently with their undergraduate application.  This "3-4 Program" allows mature, qualified CAS students to complete an undergraduate degree and Doctor of Dental Medicine degree in seven years.  As such, it follows the curriculum of that major with one restriction being that the “Biology 200 or higher” course requirement of that major must be satisfied by taking “Microbiology” (BIO 232 and BIO 232L).  Policy and procedures for this program are as follows:

  • Apply for consideration into the 3-4 program concurrently with undergraduate application.
  • Qualified applicants as indicated by the College of Dental Medicine Admissions Committee will be invited for an on-campus interview.  Candidates will be interviewed by faculty and/or staff from the College of Dental Medicine and be assessed in areas of academic record and scholarship ability, leadership potential, career goals, personal qualities, interpersonal skills, and maturity.  Interviews will be conducted in the spring and summer months prior to fall matriculation into the undergraduate program.
  • Interviewed candidates accepted by the College of Dental Medicine Admissions Committee will be conditionally accepted contingent on the requirements as listed below.
  • Complete admission requirements of the College of Dental Medicine of the University of New England (see the University of New England Catalog for admission requirements.)
  • Complete CAS graduation requirements for both the medical sciences track in the medical biology major and the CAS Core Curriculum (with the exception of one BIO 400 or higher level course).
  • Successful completion of the first year of CDM courses for which 30 hours of credit will be awarded toward meeting the undergraduate degree.
  • Seventy-five percent, or 90 credit hours, of the total required credit hours for a baccalaureate degree must be completed prior to matriculation in CDM.
  • Students must satisfy a two-year residency that requires at least two thirds (60 credit hours) of the undergraduate requirements be taken while in CAS.
  • To remain in good standing, students in the 3-4 Program must maintain an American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS) cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or better (on a scale of 4.00) for all subjects and a math/science GPA of 3.40 or better. 
  • Students must pass all Dental program prerequisite courses with a grade of “B” or better.  These courses include the following: Biology I with lab – Ecology and Evolution (BIO 105 and BIO 105L), Biology II with lab – Cellular and Molecular Biology (BIO 106 and BIO 106L), Microbiology with lab (BIO 232), General Chemistry I with lab (CHE 110 and CHE 110L), General Chemistry II with lab (CHE 111 and CHE 111L), Organic Chemistry I with lab (CHE 210 and CHE 210L), Organic Chemistry II with lab (CHE 211 and CHE 211L), Biochemistry with lab (CHE 310 and CHE 310L), and English Composition (ENG 110).
  • Students are encouraged to take the DAT in April of their second year, and must earn a minimum score of 17 on the total science and reading comprehension sections of the Dental Admission Test (DAT) in addition to a 17 academic average.
  • Students must obtain a minimum of 30 hours of dental experience and must have demonstrated community service through volunteerism or service-oriented employment prior to their matriculation into the College of Dental Medicine.
  • By the time of application, students must have obtained a letter from the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences verifying good academic and social standing.
  • All 3-4 Pre-Dental designates must provide an acceptable criminal background check and meet all program technical standards prior to matriculation in the College of Dental Medicine.
  • All 3-4 Pre-Dental designates must submit an application for the DMD program through the ADEA AADSAS, at portal.aadsasweb.org.  The application deadline to electronically submit the application to AADSAS is September 1st of the third year of undergraduate studies (i.e., one year prior to potential matriculation into the College of Dental Medicine).  All completed and verified AADSAS applications must be received in the Office of Graduate Admissions no later than October 15th.  If accepted, two admission deposits are required.
  • Applicants to the CDM will undergo the regular admission process as indicated in the University of New England catalog and will be evaluated by the Admission Committee of CDM.  Students are strongly advised to seek regular advice, counseling, and support from the Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee (PHPAC).  Continuing support of 3-4 Pre-Dental students by the PHPAC requires demonstration of academic strength, personal motivation, and sufficient maturity to indicate probable success in the Dental program.
  • During their first year at CDM, 3-4 Pre-Dental students will also be CAS students and are therefore encouraged to continue to seek counsel and guidance of PHPAC of CAS.
  • First-year 3-4 CDM students will submit a "Petition to Graduate" form to the Registration Services office during the first week of their second semester and will be awarded a baccalaureate degree upon satisfactory completion of the first year at the CDM.  This form may also be obtained online on the Registration Services website.
  • Students must fulfill all other CAS and CDM requirements and business office obligations.

 

Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee

The Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee (PHPAC) consists of staff and faculty members of the College of Arts and Sciences. The major function of this committee is to draft letters of evaluation for students applying to health professions programs such as Medical, Dental and Veterinary schools. Interested students should view our web page for information regarding the protocol for obtaining a PHPAC letter of evaluation.

Graduation Requirements
 

A minimum grade of C- must be achieved in all science and mathematics courses used toward graduation in any of the programs in the Department of Biology. A 2.00 cumulative average in sciences is a requirement for graduation in any of the programs in the Department of Biology.