Academics and Curriculum
Our post-baccalaureate program is unique: students choose a track, allowing them to have both a distinctive academic experience and a supportive community of similarly situated post-bac students as they prepare for a future health profession.
Brandeis' world-renowned science programs, the foundation for each post-bac track, include the following:
- The pre-requisite science courses with labs (biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, and physics)
- Optional courses in our Health: Science, Society, and Policy (HSSP) Program: American Health Care and Racial/Ethnic and Gender Inequalities in Health and Health Care
- Clinical seminar led by a physician and featuring guest speakers from a variety of healthcare practices
- Biochemistry, Statistics, and Psychology
- Time to study for the MCAT in spring semester
Please note that students are strongly advised to take calculus before beginning the program.
Students choose one of the following tracks:
This track is designed for students who need to complete all of or the majority of their pre-requisite science coursework for health professional school. With this track, students have the option of incorporating advanced biology electives in addition to biochemistry, such as physiology and upper-level biology courses.
Students can also choose to focus on Project Lab. One semester of Project Lab offers students the experience of conducting bench research and an independent project through a small, lab-based course. Each year focuses on a specific topic, such as DNA mutation and repair, epigenetics, behavior, or biodiversity. Students design and carry out original experiments, refine laboratory techniques and experimental design, and gain experience in reading and writing scientific papers.
The Finisher Track is a pathway for select non-science majors who have successfully completed with a strong GPA a full year of both General Chemistry and Biology with lab, to complete the pre-med and pre-health requirements in 15 months. This track begins in the summer with Organic Chemistry. To find out if you are eligible to apply to this track, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.