Basic Core Science Studies, Certificate

Learn more about the postbaccalaureate certificate in Basic Core Science Studies.

The CST Postbaccalaureate Program offers a certificate for successfully completing a full-time 12-month course load of basic core science courses that have been customized to help students prepare for the entrance exams for professional schools, including allopathic, osteopathic, and podiatric medical schools, dental schools, and physician assistant programs. The course load also naturally provides the students with a solid science foundation on which to build once in professional school.

Only students who have already earned a bachelor's degree are eligible for acceptance to the Postbaccalaureate Program.

The program offers a supportive academic environment designed to help its students develop academically, professionally, and personally.

For more information about the program, please visit: https://postbac.cst.temple.edu/.

If you have questions for our leadership team, please send them to cst.postbac@temple.edu or call us at 215-204-0621.

Certificate Requirements

To earn a Certificate in Basic Core Science Studies, students must complete the following required courses and additional requirements.

Required Courses

The Certificate consists of a set of core course requirements and additional courses in one of 3 tracks based on the anticipated career path.

Track 1: For students interested in pursuing a career as an MD, DO, PharmD, DPM, or OD (37 Total Credit Hours)

Track 2: For students interested in pursuing a career as a DMD or DDS (38 Total Credit Hours)

Track 3: For students interested in pursuing a career as a PA (39 Total Credit Hours)

Residency Requirements: All coursework for the certificate must be completed at Temple while enrolled in the 12-month Post Baccalaureate Pre-Health Program in the College of Science and Technology.

Core Courses
BCMS 4003Fundamentals of Biochemistry for Pre-Health Postbaccalaureates4
CHEM 1051
CHEM 1053
General Chemistry I for Pre-Health Postbaccalaureates
and General Chemistry I Lab for Pre-Health Postbaccalaureates
4
CHEM 1052
CHEM 1054
General Chemistry II for Pre-Health Postbaccalaureates
and General Chemistry II Lab for Pre-Health Postbaccalaureates
4
CHEM 2251
CHEM 2253
Organic Chemistry for Pre-Health Postbaccalaureates
and Organic Chemistry Lab for Pre-Health Postbaccalaureates
7
Total Credit Hours19
Track 1: Additional Courses

Students interested in pursuing a career as an MD, DO, PharmD, DPM, or OD should complete the following courses:

BIOL 2212Introduction to Biology I for Pre-Health Postbaccalaureates4
BIOL 2211Introduction to Biology II for Pre-Health Postbaccalaureates4
BIOL 4201The Practice of Health Care: Competencies and Current Topics1
CHEM 1055Introduction to Problem Solving and Logical Thinking for Pre-Health Postbaccalaureates1
PHYS 1031Physics I for Pre-Health Postbaccalaureates4
PHYS 1032Physics II for Pre-Health Postbaccalaureates4
Total Credit Hours18
Track 2: Additional Courses

Students interested in pursuing a career as a DMD or DDS should complete the following courses:

BIOL 2212Introduction to Biology I for Pre-Health Postbaccalaureates4
BIOL 2211Introduction to Biology II for Pre-Health Postbaccalaureates4
BIOL 4201The Practice of Health Care: Competencies and Current Topics1
PHYS 1031Physics I for Pre-Health Postbaccalaureates4
PHYS 1032Physics II for Pre-Health Postbaccalaureates4
CHEM 1005Practice and Development of Spatial Visualization Skills1
CHEM 1055Introduction to Problem Solving and Logical Thinking for Pre-Health Postbaccalaureates1
Total Credit Hours19
Track 3: Additional Courses

Students interested in pursuing a career as a PA should complete the following courses:1

ACMS 4004Fundamentals of Physiology for Pre-Health Postbaccalaureates4
ACMS 4005Fundamentals of Physiology Lab for Pre-Health Postbaccalaureates1
BIOL 1004Medical Terminology for Pre-Health Postbaccalaureates1
BIOL 2001Clinical Microbiology4
BIOL 4201The Practice of Health Care: Competencies and Current Topics1
BIOL 4233Human Anatomy for Pre-Health Postbaccalaureates4
BIOL 4234Human Anatomy Lab for Pre-Health Postbaccalaureates1
CHEM 1055Introduction to Problem Solving and Logical Thinking for Pre-Health Postbaccalaureates1
MATH 1013Elements of Statistics3
Total Credit Hours20

Additional Requirements

  1. Attend the appropriate standardized test preparatory course(s).
  2. Participate in clinical enhancement and/or volunteer opportunities.
  3. Attend mandatory advising sessions.