University of Southern California

Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program

Dornsife College Advising Office
College Academic Services Building,
Room 120
(213) 740-2534

Director: Larry Singer, Professor of Chemistry

This program allows postbaccalaureate students to complete the science and mathematics core requirements for medical school admission in a supportive environment. It is directed toward students with demonstrated academic achievement in their baccalaureate work, but with little or no prior college-level science and mathematics in their background. The typical student accepted into the program will have a liberal arts baccalaureate degree.

Admission Procedures and Requirements

To be eligible for the Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program, a student must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better. The following are required for admission consideration: (a) a completed application form; (b) transcripts from all colleges and universities attended by the student; (c) two letters of recommendation from professors familiar with the student’s academic credentials and motivation for undertaking an intensive pro­gram of study in the science/mathematics core; (d) the student’s scores on one of the following standardized tests: ACT, SAT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT.

Admitted students may begin the program at the start of any term, fall, spring or summer. However, all course work must be completed within a 24-month ­period from the date of entry into the program.

All students admitted into the program should discuss with the coordinator their readiness to begin the science/mathematics core. Occasionally, background course work in science and/or mathematics may be recommended before a student begins the program.


Students must complete the following nine course core of science/mathematics courses. Up to two upper-­division electives may be substituted for courses in the core. Two courses (8 units) must be at the upper-­division level (numbered 300 and above).

core courses units
BISC 120L General Biology: Organismal Biology and Evolution 4
BISC 220L General Biology: Cell Biology and Physiology 4
CHEM 105aLbL General Chemistry 4-4
CHEM 322abL Organic Chemistry 4-4
MATH 125 Calculus I 4
PHYS 135abL Physics for the Life Sciences 4-4
upper-division electives units
Either or both of the following two upper-division courses may be substituted for core courses:
BISC 320L Molecular Biology 4
BISC 330L Biochemistry 4

Up to three of the above courses completed with grades of B or better and taken at USC or another accredited college or uni­versity prior to entry into the program may be accepted for credit toward the core requirements.

An overall GPA of 3.0 or better must be maintained in all attempted courses, including the two allowed substitute courses BISC 320L and BISC 330L.

Students in the Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program may use the pre-health counseling services of the Dornsife College Advising Office as well as the Pre-Health Advisement Office.