B.S. in Biology/Medical Doctor


Seven-year Program

(with Karol Marcinkowski University of Medical Sciences, Poznan, Poland)

This accelerated, combined degree program provides qualified students the opportunity to complete a baccalaureate degree and a Medical Doctor (M.D.) degree in seven years—one year less than the normal span of eight years. The bachelor’s degree is awarded by Fairleigh Dickinson University and the doctoral degree (Dyplom Lekarz) by Karol Marcinkowski University of Medical Sciences (KMU), in Poznan, Poland.

KMU’s program is designed for American and Canadian students, and English is the teaching language. Students are admitted to FDU as incoming freshmen or qualified transfer students. They may apply for the Bachelor of Science degree upon completion of six semesters at FDU, including the courses listed below, and the first year of study at KMU. A maximum of 32 credits from KMU may be transferred toward completion of the B.S. degree at FDU.
Admission to the Combined Degree Program

High school seniors with a combined Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) score of approximately 1200 and ranking in the top 10 percent of their class or qualified students who have completed their first year of college study with a 3.50 cumulative grade point ratio may apply for admission to the combined degree program.

All applicants for admission to the combined degree program must satisfy secondary school preparation in English, mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics. The high school grade point average and rank in class, along with letters of recommendation from high school teachers, will be of primary importance in evaluating applicants’ credentials. Applicants are required to submit scores of the College Board SAT’s verbal and mathematical components.

After preliminary screening of the applications by the FDU Office of Admissions, qualified applicants will be invited for an interview with the FDU/KMU Joint Admissions Committee.
Combined Degree Program Requirements
While enrolled at FDU, students are required to follow the accelerated preprofessional curriculum in biology and are expected to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point ratio of 3.50 (B+) in all course work and a minimum grade of B in the following prerequisite courses required for admission to KMU: organic chemistry, general chemistry, biology, physics, English.
Qualifying for Enrollment at KMU
Qualified students enrolled in the combined degree program will be guaranteed a seat at KMU for training in medicine. To qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  • Completion of all FDU curriculum requirements, including the general education requirements and the degree program requirements for the major and all prerequisite courses required for admission to KMU;
  • A cumulative grade point ratio of 3.50 or higher;
  • Submission of a satisfactory Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) score in a timely fashion;
  • Recommendation by nine members of the faculty, including the chair or director of the student’s major department or school;
  • Students currently enrolled at FDU who seek admission to the combined degree program must apply to the School of Natural Sciences, University College: Arts • Sciences • Professional Studies, Metropolitan Campus, Teaneck, N.J., prior to the completion of 60 credit hours at FDU or at least one year before the anticipated date of matriculation at KMU; and
  • Students enrolled in the combined degree program who decide to complete the B.S. degree at FDU prior to entering KMU must make this known to their school director or department chair prior to the completion of 60 credit hours at FDU or at least one year before the anticipated date of matriculation at KMU.
Seven-year Program

(with Ross University School of Medicine, Commonwealth of Dominica)

This accelerated, combined degree program provides qualified students the opportunity to complete a baccalaureate degree (B.S. in biology) and a Medical Doctor (M.D.) degree in seven years—one year less than the normal span of eight years. The bachelor’s degree is awarded by Fairleigh Dickinson University and the doctoral degree (M.D.) by Ross University.

English is the teaching language. Students are admitted to FDU as incoming freshmen or qualified transfer students. They may apply for the Bachelor of Science degree upon successful completion of six semesters at FDU, including the courses listed below, and the first year of study (three semesters) at Ross University. A maximum of 32 credits from Ross University may be transferred toward completion of the B.S. degree at FDU.
Admission to the Combined Degree Program

High school seniors with a combined SAT score of 1150 or higher and ranking in the top 25 percent of their class or qualified students who have completed their first year of college study with a 3.40 cumulative grade point ratio or higher may apply for admission to the combined degree program.

Applicants must have had secondary school preparation in English, mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics. Letters of recommendation from high school teachers also are required.

All applicants for admission to the combined degree program must satisfy secondary school preparation in English, mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics. The high school grade point average (GPA) and rank in class, along with letters of recommendation from high school teachers, will be of primary importance in evaluating applicants’ credentials. Applicants are required to submit scores in the verbal and mathematical components of the SAT.

After preliminary screening of the applications by the FDU Office of Admissions, qualified applicants will be invited for an interview with the FDU/Ross University Joint Admissions Committee.
Combined Degree Program Requirements
While enrolled at FDU, students are required to follow the accelerated preprofessional curriculum in biology and are expected to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point ratio of 3.25 or higher in all course work and a minimum of 3.00 in prerequisite courses required by Ross University.
Qualifying for Enrollment at Ross University
Qualified students enrolled in the combined degree program will be guaranteed a seat at Ross University for training in medicine.
To qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  • Completion of all FDU curriculum requirements, including the general education requirements and the degree program requirements for the major and all prerequisite courses required for admission at Ross University. Students need to maintain a grade point ratio (GPR) of 3.00 or higher in prerequisite courses with no D or F in any of the courses;
  • A GPR of 3.25 or higher;
  • Submission of a satisfactory MCAT score (24 or higher) in a timely fashion;
  • Students currently enrolled at FDU who seek admission to the combined degree program must apply to the School of Natural Sciences, University College: Arts • Sciences • Professional Studies, Metropolitan Campus, Teaneck, N.J., prior to the completion of 60 credit hours at FDU or at least one year before the anticipated date of matriculation at Ross University; and
  • Students enrolled in the combined degree program who decide to complete the B.S. degree at FDU prior to entering Ross University must make this known to their school director or department chair prior to the completion of 60 credits at FDU or at least one year before the anticipated date of matriculation at RossUniversity
Seven-year Program
(with Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara School of Medicine, Mexico)

The program is based on the U.S. model. Students who complete the program are eligible to practice medicine in all 50 states. Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara School of Medicine is approved by the U.S. Department of Education as an eligible institution to participate in the Stafford Plus and Supplemental Student Loan Programs. While Spanish is not required for applicants, one-year, college-level Spanish is recommended. There is a rolling admissions policy and two entering classes per year (August and January). Residencies in all 50 states. (http://www.uag.edu or http://www.uag.mx).
Premedical Curricula
Under the provisions of the premedical program, students matriculate in University College: Arts • Sciences • Professional Studies for a minimum of 96 credits of course work leading to the B.S. in biology preprofessional degree option), including the following courses:
1st Semester (18 credits)

BIOL1251/BIOL1253     General Biology I and Lab
CHEM1201     General Chemistry I
CHEM1203     General Chemistry Lab I
ENWR1101     Academic Writing
FRSH1000       Freshman Seminar
MATH2337     Applied Statistics I
CSCI1105        Computers & Comp Software

2nd Semester (18 credits)

BIOL1252/BIOL1254     General Biology II and Lab
CHEM1202     General Chemistry II
CHEM1204     General Chemistry Lab II
ENWR1102     Academic Research & Writing
CORE3004      Global Issues
1 Math Sequence

3rd Semester (16 credits)

BIOL2250/BIOL2150     Ecology & Field Biology and Lab
CHEM2261     Organic Chemistry I
CHEM2263     Organic Chemistry Lab I
ENGL2201      Masterpieces of World Lit. I
1 Math Sequence

4th Semester (15 credits)

BIOL2237/BIOL2239     Human Structure & Function and Lab
CHEM2262     Organic Chemistry II
CHEM2264     Organic Chemistry Lab II
ENGL2202       Masterpieces of World Lit. II
CORE1001      Perspectives on the Indiv

5th Semester (16 credits)

BIOL3225/BIOL3226     General Microbiology and Lab
BIOL2210/BIOL2211     Genetics and Lab
BIOL4405       Ethics in Science
BIOL6900       Biology Seminar I
PHYS2203     University Physics I
PHYS2201     General Physics Lab I

6th Semester (16 credits)

BIOL3345        Molecular Genetics
CHEM3281     Biochemistry I
CORE2003     Cross-Cultural Perspectives
PHYS2204      University Physics II
PHYS2202      General Physics Lab II
SPCH1155      Public Speaking

Course Work to Be Completed at FDU Prior to Entering Medical Subtotal (96 credits)
Credits to Be Transferred to FDU From Medical school (32 credits)
Total Degree Requirements (128 credits)