Jul 02, 2020  

Pre-Med Program

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Castleton's Pre-Medical Program equips students to gain entrance to medical school and pursue a successful career as a physician.

The majority of medical school applicants complete a degree in the biological sciences, but complementing any major with the successful completion of the Pre-Medical Program provides a good preparation for entering medical school. Medical schools place great value on the breadth of education and personal development provided by a liberal arts education, and Castleton has a long history as a liberal arts institution. The courses taken to complete the pre-medical program overlap significantly with the requirements of the Biology (MBB) and Chemistry (Biochemistry) majors at Castleton University.

Free tutoring is offered through the Academic Support Center, and is targeted to many of the premedical courses in which students are enrolled.

Pre-Medical Committee

The Pre-Medical Committee of Castleton University offers individual advising to all students interested in completing the Pre-Medical Program, enabling students to receive personalized guidance. Pre-Medical students are encouraged to choose a pre-medical advisor and meet with that person regularly, to discuss their progress and preparation for applying to medical school. The program also prepares a comprehensive premedical letter of evaluation for each student based on personal advising sessions and letters submitted by faculty and others from additional college work, volunteer experiences, and employment.

Preston Garcia, Assistant Professor, Biology Coordinator
Tim Thibodeau, Assistant Professor
Livia Vastag, Assistant Professor, Chemistry & Pre-Medical Coordinator

Pre-Medical Coursework

Standard Prerequisites

  • One year of biology with laboratory (BIO 1121  and BIO 1122 )
  • Two years of chemistry with laboratory (CHE 1051 , CHE 1052 , CHE 2111 , and CHE 3011 )
  • One year of physics with laboratory (PHY 1051  and PHY 1052 )
  • Calculus and Bio statistics (MAT 1531  and MAT 2036 )
  • Intro to Psychology and Intro to Sociology (PSY 1012  and SOC 1010 )

Strongly Recommended Courses

  • Anatomy and Physiology I and II (BIO 2011  and BIO 2012 )
  • Genetics (BIO 3070 )
  • Spanish (SPA 1011 )
  • Medical Ethics (PHI 3020 
  • Fundamentals of Microbiology BIO 2125 )
  • Organic Chemistry II (CHE 2112 )
  • One semester Independent Research in Biology or Chemistry (BIO 4930  or CHE 4920 )


Pre-Medical Club

The Pre-Medical Club is a student-led organization devoted to bringing Castleton pre-health students together. The club provides a variety of resources to students, including a community to discuss the application process, mentors throughout their college career, opportunities to connect with Castleton majors currently attending medical school, a venue to share materials used for preparing for the MCAT, and tours of medical schools in the area.

If you are interested in joining the club, please contact the faculty advisor Livia Vastag.

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