Academics & Academic Planning

Medical schools look for evidence that you can handle the challenges and rigors of a medical school curriculum. They review your cumulative GPA, BCPM GPA (biology, chemistry, physics, math), and look at general trends in your academic performance. They also consider the depth and scope of your academic interests, and are looking for coursework that extends beyond the sciences. The vast majority of the information you will need to know in your academic planning for pre-health is in PDF Document: Guide One: Pre-Med and Pre-Health Planning at JHU.

Guide One

The topics covered in this Guide are:

  • What are health professions schools looking for?
  • Personal Competencies!
  • How should I approach my premedical planning?
  • What is the most common path for JHU students?
  • Premedical academic planning: What courses do I take?
  • How do I decide what chemistry course to take and when?
  • How do I decide what biology course to take and when?
  • Premedical course planning: Caveats to consider…
  • Choosing a major
  • A new interdisciplinary humanities major
  • Covered grades
  • The English/Writing Requirement
  • What about taking premed courses in the summer?
  • Study Abroad…Is it possible for premeds?
  • Academic Planning Suggestions
  • Transfer Students
  • Student Conduct Responsibility
  • Academic Assistance — at a glance!

Academic Assistance

It is essential that all pre-medical students develop good study habits and a college lifestyle that is conducive to academic achievement. This includes setting aside time for studying, attending all of your classes, getting a good night’s sleep, and finding a balance between academics and extra-curricular activities. Numerous on-campus resources are available if you need them, including Academic Advising, Engineering Advising, the Pre-Prof. Office, and the Counseling Center.

Here are some other resources to be aware of: