The postbac curriculum is designed so that students can complete the basic requirements for medical school 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 20 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 applications from cutting edge developments in science. Faculty members are available for help and cooperative studying is encouraged. Many classes include a term project that might be experimental or research based and students may have the opportunity to assist faculty in their research.

You will meet regularly with a faculty premed advisor and have ongoing access to your teaching faculty and to all of the other curricular and extra-curricular resources of the Bennington 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 gain further hands-on experience prior to medical school. Field Work Term projects are strongly encouraged and postbac students have access to all the resources of the Field Work Term and Career Development Office in arranging a position, as well as our network of faculty and alumni.

Course Curriculum


  • Chemistry 1: Chemical Principles with lab
  • Chemistry 2: Organic Structure & Bonding with lab


  • Biology 1: Introduction to Cell Biology with lab
  • Chemistry 3: Organic Reactions & Mechanisms with lab
  • Physics 1: Forces & Motion with lab


  • Comparative Animal Physiology with lab
  • Biochemistry
  • Independent Chemistry Research Project (optional)
  • Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism with lab

Bennington includes Biochemistry in the postbac premed curriculum because it is recommended by many medical schools.

If you have fulfilled one or more of the course requirements listed here, please contact or 802-440-4885 regarding your eligibility to apply.

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, osteopathic, dental, and veterinary schools.

Cell Bio Lab