Sterling College has a traditionally strong pre-med program, with over 75 students accepted into medical school since 1965.
Outstanding junior and senior pre-med students are eligible to compete for additional scholarship awards through the Rupe-Bemis Memorial Scholarship.
An extensive network of medical doctors that are alumni at Sterling College are closely involved with the biology department and have served as seminar speakers and coordinated internships for our current students.
Recent graduates from Sterling College are currently attending medical schools ranging from the University of Kansas Medical School to The Medical School for International Health in Israel.
Biology department faculty annually attend the University of Kansas pre-med advisors conference and work closely with student advisees to ensure they meet course prerequisites for medical school.
The science curriculum is designed to offer a wide range of courses related to the health sciences, including prerequisites for major medical schools.
The biology department offers a resource room designed to provide students direct access to study guides, books, and resources to prepare students for the MCAT exam and admission to medical school.
If you are considering being a part of the pre-med program at Sterling College, the following information will be useful.
In addition to courses required for the biology major, students are advised to select the following courses during the freshman year:
General Chemistry I (CH151) and General Chemistry II (CH152)
Pre-calculus (MA 150)
As soon as possible following the freshman year, students should select:
Organic Chemistry I & II (CH261 & CH262)
College Physics I & II (PH210 & PH211)
Calculus I or II (MA 200 or MA210)
Prior to the senior year, students are encouraged to take:
Comparative Anatomy (BI258)
Human Physiology (BI280)
Cellular, Molecular, and Developmental Biology (BI350)
Additional recommended courses include Immunology (BI393) and Topics in Biology: Medical Terminology (BI 440)
Students are strongly encouraged to gain experience by shadowing medical professionals, interning in a hospital setting, or working part-time in the health-care field. Students are also encouraged to gain research experience by enrolling in Biological Research (BI441) or summer medical research programs.