Health Sciences Program

Biology Track With Gap Year

Successfully completing the required number of courses to be able to sit for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a daunting process and requires careful planning. The course matrix below is intended to assist you in the planning process if you plan to take a gap year prior to applying to medical school.

Recommendations for the first year include every course you will take in that year at Hanover College; beyond that, the matrix lists only courses required to keep you on track to take the MCAT, so that you will be afforded the greatest amount of flexibility to allow your academic interests to guide your decisions. For sophomore year and thereafter, we recommend that you work with an HBSP advisor or your major advisor to assist you in the planning process.

Fall   Winter   Spring   Summer

First Year            
  • Bio 161: Ecology & Evolution
  • Foreign Language
  • LA or HS course
  • FY101: First Year Seminar
 
  • Bio 185: Cell & Mol. Biology
  • Foreign Language
  • LA or HS course
 
  • Biology Elective
 

(Clinical Exposure)(Volunteer)


Second Year            
  • Chem 161: Principles I
  • Bio 221: Genetics
 
  • Chem 185: Principles II
    Possible Elective:
  • KIP 215: Anatomy
    or KIP 230: Physiology
  Possible Elective:
  • KIP 230: Physiology
or Biology Elective
 

(Clinical Exposure)(Volunteer)


Third Year            
  • Chem 221: Organic Chem I
  • Phy 161: General Physics I


Psy 111: Basic Principles
or Soc 164: Intro to Sociology

 
  • Chem 222: Organic Chem II
  • Phy 185: General Physics II
  • MAT122: Calculus
  • Psychology or Sociology
 
  • Biology Elective
 

(Clinical Exposure)
(Volunteer)
(Research Experience)


Fourth Year            
  • Chem 342: Biochem I
  • Biology Elective
 
  • Biology Elective
 
  • Off-campus course
(take MCAT)
 

(Apply to professional school)


Gap Year            

(Complete secondary applications)

(Interview)

(Gain meaningful experience)

 

(Interview)

(Gain meaningful experience)