Curriculum

Curriculum

Most students begin the Post-Bac Program in late May, complete nine required science courses over the following 13 months, and graduate the following mid-June. While taking a rigorous course load, our full-time students also volunteer 4-6 hours per week in a medical setting to gain valuable experience. Thanks to the small size of the program, our advisors can structure the curriculum to suit individuals’ needs—whether that means completing the curriculum in 13 months or 24 months. Students who choose to complete the program on a part-time basis over 24 months take two courses per semester and are required to volunteer or work 20 hours per week in a medical setting to assure medical schools that they are capable of carrying a heavy workload.

Each student’s curriculum includes core premedical courses in chemistry, biology, physics, and biochemistry. Additional courses in calculus, statistics, upper-division sciences, and humanities or social sciences electives may be chosen in consultation with the faculty advisor according to each student’s background and interests. Post-Bac students take courses alongside undergraduate students of Scripps, Pitzer, and Claremont McKenna Colleges.


Emily Zucker“I didn't apply to any other post-bac programs. Scripps felt much more supportive and nurturing than a larger program, where post-bacs are tossed into the pool with hundreds of undergrads. The science classes at Scripps didn't seem to be ‘weed-out’ classes like they might've been at a larger university.”

Emily Zucker, Class of 2014
Hofstra North Shore LIJ School of Medicine, Candidate for Doctor of Medicine (MD) (2014–2018)


Typical 13-month Program

First Summer Basic Principles of Chemistry (with lab)
Fall Semester Introductory Biology (with lab)
Organic Chemistry (with lab)
General Physics (with lab)*
Spring Semester Vertebrate Physiology (with lab)
Organic Chemistry (with lab)
General Physics (with lab)*
Second Summer Biochemistry

* Summer option available