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Bachelor of Science

With a Bachelor of Science in Biology degree with a concentration in Pre-Medicine, graduates can successfully prepare for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).

Physicians and surgeons have demanding education and training requirements, including an undergraduate degree, four years of medical school, and anywhere from three to eight years of internship or residency requirements, depending on their specialties.

Physicians examine patients, review medical histories, prescribe medications, and make decisions concerning diagnostic tests. Other duties include counseling patients regarding their healthcare and treating injuries and diseases. Surgeons operate on patients.

Surgeons and physicians can pursue clinics, hospitals, or private or group practice positions. Many Lourdes Pre-Medicine graduates have worked closely with their undergraduate advisor and successfully entered medical school.

Plan of Study


Total credit hours: 122


Please see required B.S. in Biology Plan of Study. Students are encouraged to select the Health Sciences concentration.

Health Sciences Concentration

This concentration is recommended for students pursuing graduate training in most health professions.
BIO 114 Medical Terminology
BIO 313 Nutrition Science
BIO 330 Anatomy & Physiology I
BIL 330  Anatomy & Physiology I Lab
BIO 331 Anatomy & Physiology II
BIL 331  Anatomy & Physiology II Lab
BIO 340 Pathophysiology
BIO 403 Immunology
(Approved Electives)

Note: Students interested in medicine, physician assistant, dentistry and pharmacy are also encouraged to complete a Chemistry Minor. This minor contributes to a student’s ability to succeed on the entrance exams for professional school and strengthens his/her transcript. The Chemistry Minor can be achieved by taking the following Chemistry courses:

CHM 305 Basic Biochemistry
CHL 305  Basic Biochemistry Lab

Learning Outcomes



1. Demonstrate knowledge of the discipline of biology.

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of biological terms, principles, and concepts, utilizing appropriate depth and breadth in select content areas of biology.

2. Demonstrate skills of a biologist.

  • Design, conduct, and evaluate protocols, studies, and experiments utilizing the scientific method.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of biological instruments and technologies.

3. Apply effective critical thinking in biology.

  • Interpret, analyze, and evaluate biological information.
  • Apply biological concepts to social issues.

4. Demonstrate effective communication in biology.

  • Demonstrate effective written, speaking, and listening skills in biology reports, essays, projects, posters, and presentations.

Pre-Medicine Faculty

Sandy Beach

Sandra M. Beach, Ph.D.

Chairperson of Dept of Biology and Health Sciences

Sr. Paula Blevins, OSF

Sr. Paula Blevins, OSF

Lab Support - Adjunct Faculty

Erin Burkholder

Erin Burkholder, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Biology and Exercise Science

Anjali Gray

Anjali D. Gray, Ph.D.


Kris Moline

Kristin Moline, M.S.Ed.

Assistant Professor of Biology and Health Sciences

Kristen Williams

Kristen Williams, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology and Health Sciences, Academic Partnership Coordinator

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Early Acceptance Program

Lourdes biology majors can apply for the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) Early Acceptance Program (EAP) in three graduate tracks: Medicine, Dentistry, and Pharmacy.
The LECOM College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Pharmacy and School of Dental Medicine offer an EAP that allows qualified Lourdes students to hold a provisional reserved seat at one of LECOM’s professional schools upon successful completion of an interview. Students can then pursue successful completion of their required undergraduate coursework at Lourdes University.

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