Pre-Med in the College of Science
The College of Science is proud to be home to 75 percent of the university’s pre-med student population. Given the fundamental importance of science knowledge required for pre-med, we are able to provide rigorous courses across our all of our disciplines. Our curricula have been designed to meet the needs of our students who are interested in pursuing a pre-med track. Pre-med course requirements can be integrated into all College of Science degree programs. Since medical schools place a priority on well-rounded achievement, we are delighted to find pre-med students represented in all of our departments.
Students majoring in the sciences often complete many of the required pre-med coursework simply by following their degree requirements. Pre-med courses that are not required by their major may be taken as elective credit, which may be counted towards their overall degree requirements. A listing of Required Coursework may be found on the Northeastern University PreHealth Advising website.
Theo Bowe, Biology, 2016, Harvard Medical School
“Opportunities at Northeastern University allowed me to develop into a strong applicant and a successful medical student. Between co-ops in campus labs, doing research in South Africa, and working and volunteering at Boston Children’s Hospital, among other opportunities I took advantage of at Northeastern, I gained invaluable experience (and I think made for an interesting and unique applicant). The coursework at Northeastern prepared me well for the rigor of the preclinical portion of the MD curriculum at Harvard Medical School, and the variety of extracurricular experiences helped me to being to develop the interpersonal skills necessary to be a successful physician.”
Additionally, pursuing a pre-med track in the College of Science at Northeastern University offers a unique opportunity for students to begin fulfilling their experiential preparation earlier in their academic career through our co-op program. Students will have the opportunity to pursue co-op experiences such as: bench research, clinical research, and patient care. By utilizing the co-op opportunities throughout the undergraduate experience, students may be able to reduce or eliminate the need for a gap year(s) after graduation.
Jose Rodrigues, Biochemistry, 2014, Michigan State University, DO/PhD candidate
“At Northeastern, I was a Biochemistry major and a human services minor. Sometime into my third year I realized I was very interested in becoming a physician-scientist. Now that I am pursuing a DO/PhD looking back at my experience with my biochemistry degree, co-ops and minor I feel that I got a really unique experience to prepare me for medical and graduate school. It was through experiences and opportunities at Northeastern that I was able to find the right path. With the help of my peers we started a Pre-Student of Osteopathic Medicine (Pre-SOMA) club on campus to explore different options in medicine. The Pre-Health office gave us tremendous support in preparing our applications and in getting the Pre-SOMA club off the ground. I found that the my biochemistry courses prepared me well for the basic science curriculum in my DO and PhD degrees and co-op and research on campus gave me the skills I need to work in a Microbiology research lab.”
Whether interested in medical school, dental school, or veterinary school, students should research requirements and plan a program of study as early as possible in consultation with both their College of Science academic advisor and PreHealth Program advisor to ensure that requirements will be completed in a timely fashion. The PreHealth Advising Program provides support for Northeastern students who are planning to pursue doctoral-level training in medicine, including allopathic medicine (MD), dentistry, optometry, osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, and veterinary medicine.
Joey Kaston, Biology, 2014, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University, 2018
“My unrivaled experience during co-op gave me a leg-up on other applicants. During classes, not only did I learn from brilliant & approachable professors, but I made lifelong friendships. Without Northeastern I wouldn’t have gotten into my dream vet school and wouldn’t be mere months away from Dr. Joey!”
Northeastern graduates have gone on to premier medical, dental, and veterinary schools including:
- The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
- Tufts University School of Medicine
- Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University
- Medical College of Georgia
- The Audrey and Theodor Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
- Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
- New England College of Optometry
- Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Kelsey Jordan, Biology, 2013, New England College of Optometry, 2017
“Attending Northeastern University prepared me to take on the arduous optometry school course load and provided me with the study tools to successfully pass my National Boards Exams. Transitioning into patient care came easily to me, which I directly attribute to my early exposure working in a professional setting through my co-op experiences. After many years of school, I am excited to begin my optometry career, and feel Northeastern has provided me a solid foundation for lifelong success.”
Students graduating in 2017 who are headed to medical, dental, or veterinary schools.