Ferrilyn Sourdiffe '84
The postbac curriculum is designed so that students can complete the basic requirements for medical school or other health professions in one year: a summer term beginning in June, followed by a fall and spring term ending in June the following year.
After a summer of classes that are exclusively postbacs, students work alongside upper-level undergraduates in classes that generally number fewer than 15 students.
Bennington believes that you learn science by doing science. Students are expected to present articles, develop experimental ideas and projects, and do problem sets. Our faculty are practicing scientists, bringing to the program the vibrancy of science in action. There are often opportunities to assist in research. Faculty members are available for help and cooperative studying is encouraged. Many classes include a term project that might be experimental or research based.
You will meet regularly with a faculty pre-med advisor and have ongoing access to your teaching faculty and to all of the other curricular and extra-curricular resources of Bennington's college community.
While recognizing that the postbac curriculum is governed by requirements for access to medical school and other health-related professional schools, our objective is to make this experience intellectually stimulating and satisfying in its own right.
The Field Work Term offers students the opportunity to work or volunteer in a setting of your choosing—shadowing a doctor, assisting in research, volunteering abroad—or many other possibilities—to further gain hands-on experience prior to medical school. Field Work Term projects are strongly encouraged.
- Biology 1: Introduction to Cell Biology with lab
- Chemistry 1: Chemical Principles with lab
- Chemistry 2: Organic Structure & Bonding with lab
- Animal Physiology with lab
- Physics 1: Forces & Motion with lab
- Chemistry 3: Organic Reactions & Mechanisms with lab
- Physics 2: Fields & Atoms with lab
- Chemistry 4: The Chemistry of Materials with lab
The basic requirements for acceptance into U.S. medical schools are two terms each of biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics, with accompanying labs. One term each of calculus and biochemistry are also recommended.
If you have fulfilled one or more of the course requirements listed here, you may consult with your advisor about choosing an alternate course.
Grades and Evaluations
Transcripts that include both letter grades and narrative comments are provided for all coursework. In addition, the Postbaccalaureate Committee evaluates every student's work after each term and provides a comprehensive letter of reference for students applying to medical and veterinary schools.