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Pre-Medical Options

If medical school is your destination, Sargent College offers three different ways to get there. Depending on your career goals and personal interests, one of these may be ideal for you.

Human Physiology Program

Sargent College’s Human Physiology major is an excellent option if you plan to apply to medical school or other health-related graduate programs. Required pre-medical courses are built directly into the curriculum. Other coursework—such as gross human anatomy, exercise physiology and nutrition—has an applied, human focus. Not surprisingly, 80 percent of our Human Physiology students who meet the requirements are accepted into medical school.  To help plan your pre-medical coursework to meet your goals, you’ll have access to the services of BU’s Pre-Professional Advising Office.

Besides medical school, the program fulfills most, if not all, prerequisites for the following graduate programs:

  • Dental, Osteopathy and Veterinary Schools
  • Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech, Language Pathology programs
  • Physician Assistant and Nursing programs
  • Health Administration
  • Education
  • Public Health
  • Nutrition


Nutritional Science Option

The Nutritional Science Option of Sargent College’s Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Science program incorporates courses required by most medical schools in the U.S. as well as courses in human nutrition, physiology, human infectious disease, life cycle nutrition, community nutrition and a two-semester medical nutrition therapy sequence.

Before enrolling in this option as a pre-medical program, it’s important to become familiar with the particular requirements of medical schools where you intend to apply.


Modular Medical Integrated Curriculum

The Modular Medical Integrated Curriculum (MMEDIC) gives you the opportunity for early selection to the Boston University School of Medicine while you are still an undergraduate.

You must apply to the program in the spring of your second year. Upon acceptance, you’ll enroll in courses that let you fulfill undergraduate science requirements and certain requirements of the first and second year of medical school simultaneously. This approach will give you greater flexibility once you’re in medical school.