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Specialized Studies Certificates

The Pre-Health Specialized Studies Certificates are awarded to exceptional students in recognition of outstanding academic accomplishments during completion of the Pre-Health Program at the University of Pennsylvania. The certificate award will be noted on your Penn transcript.

Certificate in Pre-Health Specialized Studies

The Certificate in Pre-Health Specialized Studies will be awarded to students who complete the eight course units of undergraduate advanced science elective coursework at the University of Pennsylvania with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Introductory science courses, including Introductory Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Introductory Physics and Introductory Biology, may not be counted toward the certificate. In addition to the required coursework, students must earn a minimum MCAT score of 30, DAT score of 20 or GRE percentile scores of 65 percent verbal, 65 percent quantitative and 4.5 writing from an individual exam. Requirements for the Certificate must be completed within two years of enrolling in the Pre-Health Specialized Studies Program.

Course requirements can include, but are not limited to, the following electives:

Course Name Course Number Course Units (c.u.)*
Fundamental Microbiology BIOL 275 (601) 1.0
Essentials of Cell Biology BIOL 201 (601) 1.0
Essentials of Vertebrate Physiology BIOL 213 (601 or 900) 1.0
Essentials of Molecular Biology and Genetics BIOL 211 (601) 1.0
Histology BIOL 306 (601) 1.0
Essentials of Biochemistry BIOL 203 (601) 1.0
Immunobiology BIOL 404 (601) 1.0
Cancer Cell Biology BIOL 407 (601) 1.0
Molecular Physiology BIOL 436 (301) 1.0
Molecular/Cellular Therapeutics BIOL 445 (601) 1.0
Advanced Cell Biology BIOL 480 (601) 1.0
Visual Neuroscience BIBB 217 (601) 1.0
Autonomic Physiology BIBB 269 (601) 1.0
Developmental Neurobiology BIBB 350 (601) 1.0
Neurodegenerative Diseases BIBB 475 (601 or 900) 1.0
Clinical Psychopharmacology BIBB 482 (601) 1.0
Biological Basis of Psychiatric Disorders BIBB 480 (601 or 900) 1.0

Advanced Certificate in Pre-Health Specialized Studies

The Advanced Certificate in Pre-Health Specialized Studies will be awarded to students who have received the Certificate in Pre-Health Specialized Studies and have completed an additional four course units of undergraduate Pre-Health elective coursework (see list above) at the University of Pennsylvania, with a grade of B or better in each course and with a cumulative GPA of 3.5. Requirements for the Advanced Certificate in Pre-Health Specialized Studies must be completed within one year of receiving the Certificate in Pre-Health Specialized Studies.

*Academic credit is defined by the University of Pennsylvania as a course unit (c.u.). Generally, a 1 c.u. course at Penn is equivalent to a three or four semester hour course elsewhere. In general, the average course offered at Penn is listed as being worth 1 c.u.; courses that include a lecture and a lab are often worth 1.5 c.u.s.

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