Curriculum Overview

Summer (June-August)

Introduction to Biomedical Science
Introduces the basic fundamentals of cell biology, physiology, pharmacology, and metabolic biochemistry, along with applications to medicine. Mastery of these concepts will increase success in the undergraduate biology courses taken during the year and will be important preparation for the MCAT and medical school.
Psychological, Social and Biological Foundations of Behavior
This course will introduce students to theories related to human behavior. Students will learn about the biological and psychological underpinnings of individual behavior as well as the social dynamics that are produced during human interactions and that are embedded in broader institutional relations. This course will place an emphasis upon philosophic notions of the 'self,' social psychology, and institution inequalities.
Foundations of US Healthcare (seminar)
The U.S. healthcare system used to be simple: the players were the patient, the physician, the nurse, the hospital, and one type of insurance. Today, the system is much more complex and involves integrated systems of healthcare organizations, expanding government regulation, advancing technology, pharmaceutical companies, and a wide range of financing mechanisms. Foundations of US Healthcare covers all these topics and more, breaking down every segment of the U.S. healthcare system into clear and basic concepts. This course will provide post baccalaureate premedical trainees with a fundamental understanding of the vast and complicated U.S. system.
Workshops: Preparing for Medical School
Expert presenters provide workshops on a variety of topics including personal statement writing, interviewing skills, study skills, stress management, and medical school application development.
MCAT Prep
The UC San Diego Post Baccalaureate Premedical Program provides students with preparation for the new MCAT, which was revised and implemented in 2015. More Information can be found on our MCAT Preparation page.

Fall (September-December)

Applications to Biology and Medicine I
This course covers the medical applications to the nervous, endocrine, and cardiovascular systems. Medical applications will mostly be pathophysiology of disease states. Class time is dedicated to assuring that students achieve competency in the biomedical concepts presented in lecture and reading assignments and are able to apply them to integrated problems. Students will actively work together in teams, assimilating knowledge, solving problems, and teaching one another.
Human Physiology I
Course introduces the concepts of physiological regulation, controlled and integrated by the nervous and endocrine systems. Course then examines the muscular, cardiovascular, and renal systems in detail and considers their control through the interaction of nervous activity and hormones.
Metabolic Biochemistry
Energy-producing pathways-glycolysis, the TCA cycle, oxidative phosphorylation, photosynthesis, and fatty acid oxidation; and biosynthetic pathways-gluconeogenesis, glycogen synthesis, and fatty acid biosynthesis. Nitrogen metabolism, urea cycle, amino acid metabolism, nucleotide metabolism, and metabolism of macromolecules
Workshops: Preparing for Medical School
Expert presenters provide workshops on a variety of topics including personal statement writing, interviewing skills, study skills, stress management, and medical school application development.
MCAT Prep
The UC San Diego Post Baccalaureate Premedical Program provides students with preparation for the new MCAT, which was revised and implemented in 2015. More Information can be found on our MCAT Preparation page.

Winter (January-March)

Applications to Biology and Medicine II
The medical applications covered in this course will be mostly the medical treatment of various disease states. A modified team-based learning (TBL) approach will be integrated into the course. Students work together to solve challenging problems that stimulate a deeper understanding of the material through peer-teaching.
Cell Biology
The structure and function of cells and cell organelles, cell growth and division, motility, cell differentiation and specialization.
Pharmacology
Basics of pharmacology such as drug absorption, distribution, metabolism, and elimination. Concepts in toxicology and pharmacognosy are used to survey the major drug categories.
Workshops: Preparing for Medical School
Expert presenters provide workshops on a variety of topics including personal statement writing, interviewing skills, study skills, stress management, and medical school application development.
MCAT Prep
The UC San Diego Post Baccalaureate Premedical Program provides students with preparation for the new MCAT, which was revised and implemented in 2015. More Information can be found on our MCAT Preparation page.

Spring (March-June)

Applications to Biology and Medicine III
The medical applications covered in this course will be mostly the medical treatment of various disease states. A modified team-based learning (TBL) approach will be integrated into the course. Students work together to solve challenging problems that stimulate a deeper understanding of the material through peer-teaching.
Endocrinology
Normal function and diseases of the major hormone systems of the body including the hypothalamus/pituitary axis, the thyroid gland, reproduction and sexual development, metabolism and the pancreas, bone and calcium metabolism, and the adrenal glands.
Human Physiology II
Course completes a survey of organ systems begun in BIPN 100 by considering the respiratory and gastrointestinal systems. Consideration is given to interactions of these systems in weight and temperature regulation, exercise physiology, stress, and pregnancy and reproduction.
Workshops: Preparing for Medical School
Expert presenters provide workshops on a variety of topics including personal statement writing, interviewing skills, study skills, stress management, and medical school application development.