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Premedical Curriculum

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BIOSTATISTICS

This course is an introduction to statistical concepts and analytical methods as applied to data in biomedical sciences. It emphasizes the basic concepts of quantitative analysis of data, and statistical inferences. Topics include probability, frequency distributions, central tendency and dispersion; hypothesis testing, confidence intervals for means, variances and proportions; the chi-square statistics; data analysis and linear correlation. The course provides students a foundation to evaluate information critically.

GENERAL PHYSICS

This course is a conceptual study of units and dimensions of physical quantities, vectors, kinematics, laws of motion and its applications, work and energy, properties of matter, sound, oscillations, gravitation, fluid mechanics and thermal physics. Students perform experiments dealing with the basic laws of mechanics, vibration, circular motion, fluids, heat and thermal properties of materials.

MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY

This basic course will provide the necessary framework to learn basic rules and elements of medical terms. The course will focus how to break down medical terms by knowing the meaning of the prefix or suffix. By learning the individual parts of a medical word, students will be able to understand the complex medical terms and their definitions. Students will be able to identify medical abbreviations, spell and pronounce basic medical terminology.

GENERAL BIOLOGY

This course is to provide students with the concepts and factual knowledge in Biology. It covers the biological principles, organization of living matter, structure and functions of cells, tissues, organs and systems of the human body. It deals with fundamental life processes and concepts common to all living organisms. Emphasis is on the application of biological principles and concepts in the field of medicine. Course includes lab work.

ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY

Survey of Human Anatomy and Physiology — Essential principles of human anatomy and physiology are presented, including basic chemistry, cell and tissue studies, and an overview of all the body systems. Intended as a survey course for certain allied health and social service programs, and as a general natural science course. Prerequisite: Course requires Reading Placement Test Score-Category One

GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY

This course introduces microbial life, including morphology, staining, genetics, physiology and biochemistry of bacteria, archaea, fungi, protozoa, algae and helminths. Medical significance of these organisms is covered, as is the significance of viruses, prions and viroids. It is strongly recommended that students select one of the following courses prior to taking this course: Biology or chemistry. This course includes a laboratory component.

GENERAL CHEMISTRY

This course provides the students with the fundamental concepts of the chemical processes, enabling students to use chemical concepts in daily living and in the understanding of biochemistry. It covers matter, nomenclature of chemical compounds, chemical composition and properties of compounds and modern atomic theory. It includes atomic structure, chemical bonding; solutions and gas laws. Topics are developed by thoughtful integration of laboratory and problem based instruction.

ORGANIC CHEMISTRY

This course covers basic principles of structure and nomenclature of organic compounds, both aliphatic and aromatic. It emphasizes on the principles of chemical reactions of organic compounds related with the synthesis or degradation of bio molecules in human metabolism. Saturated hydrocarbons, unsaturated hydrocarbons, Cis-trans isomerism and addition reactions are covered. Lab activities include the use of models for the design of hydrocarbon and isomer structures. Experiments such as purification or separation, physical characterization, reaction types, and synthesis of organic compounds are included.

MCAT PREP

The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a standardized, multiple-choice examination designed to assess the examinee’s problem solving, critical thinking, writing skills, and knowledge of science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine. Scores are reported in Verbal Reasoning, Physical Sciences, Writing Sample, Social Sciences, and Biological Sciences. Medical colleges consider MCAT exam scores as part of their admission process. Almost all U.S. medical schools require applicants to submit MCAT exam scores. Many schools do not accept MCAT exam scores that are more than three years old.

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