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Specialized Studies Sample Schedule

The following sample schedule is provided as one example, to illustrate potential full-time study sequences. As a new student in the Pre-Health Specialized Studies Program, you will meet with a Pre-Health advisor to review your previous experiences and your future goals. Based on this discussion, you will create an individualized academic schedule.

Course availability varies each year. Please stay in regular contact with your Pre-Health advisor and refer to the Course Guide for the most up-to-date course offerings.

One-year, full-time Specialized Studies sample schedule

Term Course Course Units (c.u.)*
Fall Semester Advanced Cell Biology: BIOL 480-601 1
Immunobiology: BIOL 404-601 1
Cancer Cell Biology: BIOL 407-601 1
Essentials of Biochemistry: BIOL 203-601 1
Spring Semester Fundamental Microbiology (lecture and lab): BIOL 275-601 1
Clinical Psychopharmacology: BIBB 482-601 1
Essentials of Vertebrate Physiology: BIOL 213-601 1
Histology: BIOL 306-601 1
Total c.u.s
  • If you select a one-year schedule, you will complete the MCAT, DAT or GRE in late April-beginning of June.
  • Please keep in mind that the recommended prep time for the MCAT and DAT exams are 300-350 hours.
  • You can apply to medical, dental or veterinary medical school at the beginning of June for the following fall entry term.

*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.

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