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  • What can I do with a degree in Life Sciences?
    • There are many possibilities. Here are a few ideas to get you started: medical professions, graduate school/scientific research, laboratory technician, public health field, Environmental field (see the Ecology & Environmental major program for suggestions), become a teacher, food industry.
  • What classes should I take in high school in preparation for a major in Life Sciences?
    • Students should take the highest math possible as Calculus or Applied calculus is required for the major. In addition students should try and take at least one biology course and one chemistry course. A course in physics may also be helpful.
  • What AP courses transfer into the Life Science major?
    • A 3 or higher on the AP Biology Exam will count towards General Biology. A 3 or 4 on the AP Chemistry exam will give you credit for General Chemistry I, whereas a 5 will give credit for both General Chemistry I and II. A 3 or higher on the AP Calculus exam will count towards Calculus.
  • Can I play sports and still major in Life Sciences?
    • Yes. However, students should realize that this decision does come with a cost. Between studying for your science classes, attending labs, and participating in practices and competitions, you will have less free time compared to some of your other peers. This does not mean you can not have a social life, it just means you will need to manage your time wisely.
  • Can I do a study abroad and still major in Life Sciences?
    • Yes. If you are planning on studying abroad it is important to let your advisor know early in your college career so that they can help you to make a four-year plan. This decision may also require you to take some courses during the summer or to take an extra semester or two of classes.
  • Does faculty help students find internships/research opportunities?
    • The faculty are here for the students. We are dedicated to helping the students accomplish their goals including gaining valuable experience. Faculty can help students by providing advice, letters of recommendation, directing students to internships and research databases.
  • What are the steps necessary to get into medical school?
    • Medical schools look at the students GPA, MCAT scores, letters of recommendation, and experience (internships, research, etc.). If a student is serious about applying to medical school they need to aim to get A’s and B’s in all of their courses. In addition they will need to learn the material in the courses well in order to be best prepared for the MCAT. The MCAT is typically taken the summer between the junior and senior year. Your advisor can help you know what classes will best prepare you for the exam. You will want to develop a good working relationship with your professors so that they know you well and can write a good letter of recommendation for you. You should also seriously consider taking a summer or two to do research or an internship as medical schools highly value this experience.
  • Do you offer a pre-med degree?
    • Yes. However, most medical schools prefer that students have a degree in Biology, Chemistry or some other science major. We advise all of your pre-med students to consider choosing one of these other degrees any of which will prepare the student for medical school.
  • How successful are students at getting into medical school?
    • Bethel students who apply to medical schools have a very high rate of acceptance. However, not all students who enter as pre-med majors as freshmen apply. Throughout the course of their time at Bethel, students may discern that a profession in the medical field is not where God has called them. We as faculty aim to assist and encourage students in their discernment process as they continue to seek God’s will for their lives.