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Capstone Seminar Program

The Capstone Seminar Program helps students to “cap off” their Boston College experience by a review of their education and a preview of their major life commitments after college. Capstone offers several integrative seminars each semester exclusively for seniors and second-semester juniors in all schools. The Capstone seminars explore the struggle to discern your own calling in life as you integrate four crucial areas of work, relationships, society, and spirituality. Capstone seminars are taught by two dozen faculty from 20 different departments and all four colleges—A&S, CSOM, LSOE, and CSON—within Boston College. Seminars are limited to 15 to 20 students. All courses are listed between UN 500 and UN 599 in the University catalog. Many Capstone Seminars are also cross-listed in the home department of the professor and can be taken for elective credit by majors or minors in that department. Department regulations vary. For information, contact the Program Director, Fr. James Weiss via email at james.weiss@bc.edu or see the University Courses section. You may also reference the Capstone Program website at http://www.bc.edu/capstone/.

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Office of International Programs (OIP)

Each year more than 900 students spend a semester, summer or academic year studying abroad. Boston College collaborates with a variety of partner universities worldwide to administer programs in a growing number of destinations abroad. Students should begin planning for study abroad during their freshman year. To apply for semester/academic year programs abroad, students are required to have a 3.2 GPA, be in good disciplinary standing, attend a study abroad information session, research programs of interest in the OIP Resource Room; and meet with an International Study Advisor. Short-term summer programs are also administered through OIP and are open to all students.

For more information, please visit http://www.bc.edu/international/. OIP is located at Hovey House (617-552-3827).

Argentina

Pontificia Universidad Catolica Argentina
Semester or full-year program at this excellent private institution located in downtown Buenos Aires. Offerings include arts and music, economics and business, law and political science, humanities, and communication.

Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (Buenos Aires)
Semester or full-year program at one of Argentina's most prestigious private universities. Offerings include business, economics, political science, and international studies.

Australia

Monash University
One of the Australian Group of Eight schools. Semester or full-year program in a suburb of Melbourne. Offers courses across all disciplines.

Murdoch University
Semester or full-year program in Perth, Western Australia with offerings across the disciplines.

Notre Dame University
Semester or full-year program at a small Jesuit university in Fremantle, Western Australia with a wide range of courses.

University of Melbourne
One of the Group of Eight schools, Australia's most distinguished research institutions located in the heart of the city. Semester or full-year program.

University of New South Wales
Semester or full-year program in Sydney with broad offerings across all disciplines. A Group of Eight school.

Brazil

Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro
Semester or full-year program for students with elementary Portuguese or advanced Spanish skills. Course offerings in all disciplines.

Bulgaria

University of Veliko Turnovo
Semester or full-year program designed for international students and regular course offerings in Bulgarian.

Canada

Queen's University
Semester or full-year program in Ontario with course offerings in management, economics, humanities, social sciences, physical sciences, and education.

Chile

Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile (Santiago)
Semester or full-year program in Santiago at Chile's premiere Catholic university. Courses include humanities, social sciences, economics, education, business, and law.

Universidad Alberto Hurtado (Santiago)
Semester or full-year program at a small, prestigious Jesuit institution. Good for social sciences, humanities, business, and pre-law.

China

Beijing Asian Studies Program
Semester or full-year program in Beijing focusing on Chinese language and Chinese history. Offers internship opportunities with Chinese companies. Course offerings also in philosophy, political science.

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Semester or full-year program with a strong focus on business/management for CSOM students.

Denmark

Copenhagen Business School
Semester or full-year program with courses taught in English for CSOM or economics students.

Copenhagen University
Semester or full-year program with courses taught in English in humanities, social sciences, law, health science, natural science, and theology.

Ecuador

Universidad San Francisco de Quito
Semester or full-year program for students with Spanish-language skills across the disciplines, including Latin American and environmental studies.

Egypt

American University in Cairo
Semester or full-year program with courses across the disciplines (in English), including opportunities for the intensive study of Arabic.

England

Advanced Studies in England
Semester or full-year program in liberal arts for American students based in Bath and affiliated with University College, Oxford.

King's College
Semester or full-year program in London with course offerings across the disciplines including an excellent pre-medical program.

Lancaster University
Semester or full-year program across the disciplines including excellent courses in the sciences for pre-medical students and in management for CSOM students.

London School of Economics
Full-year program in social sciences, including economics, political science, and sociology.

Queen Mary, University of London
Semester or full-year program in London’s vibrant and diverse East End for A&S and CSOM students.

Royal Holloway, University of London
Semester or full-year program with suburban, parkland campus and a wide range of course offerings for A&S and CSOM students.

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London
Semester or full-year program in central London with specialist studies of Africa, Asia, and the Near and Middle East, including history, languages, politics, religion, and sociology.

University College London
Semester or full-year program for A&S students at the University of London's top-ranked college in central London.

University of Liverpool
Semester or full-year program across the disciplines including excellent courses in humanities, sciences, and management.

France

BC in Paris—Beginner Track
Semester or full-year program. Students will take French language and culture courses at the Institut de Langue et de Culture Francaises through the Institut Catholique and courses in American and British studies through the Institut Charles V. Curriculum is half in French and half in English.

BC in Paris—Advanced Track
Semester or full-year program based in either the University of Paris or the Institut Catholique. Offers a wide range of disciplines.

Centre Sevres
Semester or full-year program in Paris offering excellent courses particularly in theology, philosophy, ethics, and art.

Sciences Po
Spring semester or full-year program in Paris at France's premiere institute for the study of political science, international studies, and business.

University of Strasbourg
Semester or full-year exchanges with the Political Science and Management Institutes at Robert Schuman University as well as with the University Marc Bloch. Undergraduate and graduate.

Germany

Dresden University
Spring semester or full-year program at a distinguished university in former East Germany with course offerings across the disciplines.

Eichstatt Catholic University
Spring semester or full-year program at a fine, small university located near Munich, with offerings in arts and sciences, business, and education.

Freie University
Spring semester or full-year program at one of Berlin's most outstanding institutions with course offerings across the disciplines. Intensive pre-semester language program. Students may also enroll in courses at Humboldt University.

Humboldt University (Berlin)
Spring semester or full-year program at one of the oldest and most distinguished universities in Germany with course offerings across disciplines. Intensive pre-semester language program. Students may also enroll in some courses at Freie University.

Greece

American College of Thessaloniki (ACT)
Semester or full-year program in Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city, with course offerings in English in a broad range of disciplines.

Ireland

National University of Ireland Galway
Semester or full-year program (fall or full year for A&S) with course offerings across the disciplines. Some courses are approved for CSON students. A&S students must take an Irish Studies course at BC prior to departure.

National University of Ireland Maynooth
Semester or full-year program in a small campus environment outside of Dublin. A&S students must take an Irish Studies course at BC prior to departure.

Queen's University Belfast
Semester or full-year program across the disciplines in Northern Ireland's most distinguished university. A&S students must take an Irish Studies course at BC prior to departure.

Trinity College Dublin
Full-year program at one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious institutions. Wide range of courses across all disciplines. Located in the center of Dublin.

University College Cork
Fall semester or full-year program at one of Ireland’s finest universities offering a broad selection of courses in a wide range of disciplines. A&S students must take an Irish Studies course at BC prior to departure.

University College Dublin
Semester or full-year program at one of Ireland’s outstanding universities with offerings across the disciplines, including Arts and Commerce. A&S students must take an Irish Studies course at BC prior to departure.

University of Ulster
Semester or full-year program offering wide range of disciplines throughout the University's four campuses. A&S students must take an Irish Studies course at BC prior to departure.

Italy

Bocconi University
Semester or full-year program in Milan for students with courses in English.

Gregorian University
Semester or full-year program in Rome for students with courses in English.

University of Parma
Semester or full-year program for students with courses in English.

Venice International University
Semester or full-year program for students with courses in English.

Japan

Sophia University
Spring semester or full-year program in Tokyo with course offerings in English covering a wide range of disciplines.

Waseda University
Full-year program in Tokyo with course offerings in English covering a wide range of disciplines. Excellent courses in history and political science.

Korea

Sogang University Seoul
Semester or full-year program offering a wide range of courses in Korean and English. Perfect for International Studies major/minor students and business majors. Graduate level courses (International Studies) are available for BC undergraduate students.

Mexico

Iberoamericana University
Semester or full-year program in Mexico City and Puebla for students with post-intermediate Spanish language skills.

Morocco

Al Akhawayn University
Semester or full-year program in Ifrane at an English-language university.

Nepal

Center for Buddhist Studies at Kathmandu University
Fall semester program focusing on in-depth study of Buddhist philosophy and literature. Highly recommended for students interested in comparative religion, theology, and philosophy.

The Netherlands

Leiden University
Semester or full-year program offering a wide range of courses in English.

Radboud University of Nijmegen
Semester or full-year program with courses taught in English and strengths in English literature and American Studies.

University of Amsterdam
Semester or full-year program with English courses available in the humanities and social sciences.

Norway

University of Bergen
Semester or full-year program with wide ranging curriculum in English and strengths in marine science.

The Philippines

Anteneo de Manila University
Fall semester program (or full-year by special arrangement) in English. Excellent service opportunities.

Poland

Jagiellonian University
Semester or full-year program in politics, sociology, and Polish language, literature, and culture.

Russia

BC Study Programs in Sankt-Peterburg
Semester or full-year program focusing on Russian literature and language.

Scotland

University of Glasgow
Semester or full-year program in business, humanities, social sciences, fine arts, and law.

South Africa

Rhodes University
Semester or full-year program in Grahamstown for students across the disciplines. Excellent opportunities for service learning.

University of Cape Town
Semester or full-year program in Cape Town for students across the disciplines.

Spain

BC in Madrid: Autonoma, Compultense, Carlos III Universities, and Pontifica Comillas Universities
Semester or full-year program for students in all disciplines with intermediate or advanced Spanish language skills.

Universidad de Deusto
Semester or full-year in Spain's Basque country on campuses in San Sebastian and Bilbao.

Universidad Pompeu Fabra
Semester or full-year program in Barcelona offering courses in some disciplines.

Sweden

Uppsala University
Semester or full-year program in Sweden's elite university. Wide range of curricula in English.

Göteborg University
Semester or full-year program in Sweden’s second largest city offering a wide range of courses in English, including education, management, and social work.

Summer Programs

All summer programs are open to undergraduate and graduate students.

Costa Rica

International Environmental Law and Sustainable Development in Monteverde
Students study Latin American history, rural development, environmental law, and the culture of Costa Rica. Lectures are combined with field experience and trips that give students the opportunity to experience the great diversity and beauty of the country. No Spanish knowledge required.

Ecuador

Intensive Intermediate Spanish
Take the equivalent of a full year of intermediate Spanish on this five-week program in Quito. Students live with host families during their stay in Quito. Regular excursions also take place.

France

Intensive Intermediate French
Take the equivalent of a full year of Intermediate French on this four-week program in the heart of Paris. Students have a weekend trip and regular excursions in and around Paris.

Greece

Tracing the Olympic Spirit in Ancient and Modern Athens
Students take an in-depth look at ancient and modern Greece. The program includes excursions to historic sites in and around Athens, as well as longer trips to Delphi, Olympia, and other sites.

India

Inter-religious Dialogue in Theory and Practice in Bangalore
This course offers a lived experience on inter-religious dialogue through direct immersion in the religious context of India. Students participate in a variety of excursions to temples and sacred places, providing a better understanding of the various dimensions of the religious life of India.

Ireland

Dublin Internship Program
This eight-week independent internship program offers students the opportunity to experience firsthand the work culture of Ireland. Students are placed in unpaid internships in local businesses, law firms, museums, and other institutions.

Summer Program in Ireland
This three-week, three-credit course is open to all BC students who wish to visit and learn about Ireland. Students travel as a group to three universities in both Ireland and Northern Ireland and are accompanied at all times by Boston College's Ireland faculty or staff member. Course lectures are given by members of the BC Irish Studies faculty and local instructors from each of the Irish academic venues.

Italy

Renaissance Art and Architecture
Students take a course on Italian art and have a five-hour per week survival Italian language class. Excursions and on-site learning are an integral part of the class.

Catholics in Rome and America: Current Ethical Issues
This course offers an introductory survey of the evolution of the Church in Rome and America. Students examine major architectural and artistic monuments of this development and pay special attention to significant traditions in the history of moral theology, with a special focus on contemporary concerns.

Intermediate Italian Language Program
Students participate in a five-week Italian language course taught by the language institute in Parma. Field trips and excursion are part of the program. Students participate in an orientation program and receive support from the BC on-site coordinator.

Mexico

Summer Spanish Language and Culture
Study Spanish in charming and historic Puebla, located sixty miles southeast of Mexico City. Students will be prepared to take CCR2 upon their return to BC in the fall. Language classes are complemented by service and historical tours of the surrounding area.

Russia

“White Nights” of St. Petersburg
Instructors from the Herzen Pedagogical Institute conduct classes in conjunction with the staff of the Dostoevsky Museum. The program cost includes an extensive cultural program, personal tutor (in addition to scheduled classes), transportation and room and board.

Spain

Summer Spanish Language and Culture
Students participate in an intensive language course at the Naturalmente I level, take cultural excursions in and around the city, and travel to nearby Toledo and Segovia. Students live with families in central Madrid.

Spanish Art History in Madrid: from Atapuerca to Picasso
Students gain a comprehensive understanding of Spanish art history from prehistoric manifestations to modernism. The class includes both theoretical exploration and practical activities, including visits to the Archaeological, Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza and Reina Sofia museums.

Internship in Madrid
Intern for six weeks in the business capital of Spain. Supplement your work experience with a Spanish-taught business course. Attend weekly lectures given by Spanish professionals from the worlds of business, arts and sciences, education and more.

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Other Opportunities

M.B.A. Summer Experience
International program for M.B.A. students. Destination varies from year to year. Graduate.

Overseas Teaching Program
Students perform elementary or secondary student teaching practicums abroad. Undergraduate and graduate.

Presidential Scholars European Program
This program focuses on contemporary European history and politics from the French perspective. Undergraduate.

Volunteer Programs
Short-term volunteer opportunities are available during vacation periods in Belize, Jamaica, Mexico, and Nicaragua. Contact: Ted Dziak, S.J. Undergraduate and graduate.

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Exchange Program

Washington Semester Abroad

The university offers semester-long internship programs in cooperation with universities in Washington, D.C. These programs combine academic courses with internship placements in legislative, executive, and interest-group offices in the nation's capital. Students sometimes do a Washington internship semester as an alternative to study abroad. The academic requirements for participation are the same as those for study abroad (i.e., a 3.2 GPA overall and in the major). Students interested in the Washington Semester Abroad programs should schedule an appointment with Christina Dimitrova (dimitroc@bc.edu) at OIP: bc.edu/international.

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Faculty and Staff Children Exchange Program (FACHEX)

FACHEX is an undergraduate tuition remission program for children of full-time faculty, administrators, and staff at participating Jesuit colleges and universities. The program is administered through the Benefits Office and the Office of the Dean of Enrollment Management.

For Boston College employees, five consecutive years of full-time employment is required for establishing initial eligibility for the program. After conferring with the Benefits Office, parents and students should visit Boston College's FACHEX website (http://www.bc.edu/fachex/) for information about participating colleges and universities, and for details on how to apply for FACHEX at these institutions.

Employees should be aware, however, that FACHEX awards tend to be extremely limited in number and are highly competitive. As a result, there are no guarantees to the children of any given faculty or staff member that they will be able to utilize the FACHEX benefit at the institution of their choice.

Employees at other participating institutions should ask their respective Benefits Offices for information on requirements for eligibility. Parents and students should then visit the Boston College FACHEX website to view the necessary procedures and conditions for FACHEX applicants.

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Pre-Professional Programs

Pre-Law Program

Boston College offers pre-law advising through the Career Center. The Bellarmine Law Academy (the student pre-law association) and the Boston College Career Center present a series of panels each year on different aspects of the legal profession and the law school admission process. Career advisors are available to meet individually with students interested in law as a career whenever questions or concerns arise. While no particular major is preferred by law schools, it is suggested that students consider including some of the following courses in their programs of study: logic, mathematics, law, public speaking, English (especially intensive writing courses), history, sociology, and political science. You can indicate your interest in receiving announcements of pre-law panels and activities by registering online or in the Office of Student Services for the Pre-Law Program. For further information, contact the Career Center at 617-552-3430 and view the graduate school pages of the Career Center website at http://www.bc.edu/offices/careers/gradschool/law.html.

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Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Program

Medical, dental, and veterinary schools welcome all good students, not just science majors. Thus, the student planning to pursue one of these careers may choose for his or her major field any one of the humanities, natural sciences, or social sciences. Below is a brief write up of the program. For more detailed information, visit our website at http://www.bc.edu/premed/.

Health professions schools expect every serious applicant to be well grounded in the basic sciences and to be familiar, through practical experience, with laboratory techniques. For these reasons, most medical, dental, or veterinary schools require one year of the following:

  • General Chemistry with lab
  • Organic Chemistry with lab
  • Introductory Biology with lab
  • Physics with lab
  • English

In addition, one year of mathematics is usually strongly recommended. Some medical schools require calculus. A few schools (particularly veterinary medical schools) have additional required courses, such as biochemistry.

Three Year or Four Year Sequencing:

Three Year Program: Undergraduates who plan to enter medical/dental/veterinary school the fall after they graduate will need to complete all required courses (see above) by the end of their junior year. They, then, can file applications the summer before senior year. While simultaneously taking junior year course work, we recommend that students study for, and take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) at the end of spring semester (late April) of their junior year. Students taking the Dental Admissions Test (DAT) are encouraged to take it in early summer (e.g., May/June). In addition to the above, health professions graduate schools expect a high level of academic performance, significant exposure to the health field, and other meaningful experiences.

Clearly this is a good deal to accomplish in three years and, for this reason, increasing numbers of students choose the four year option below. Nevertheless, if you follow the three year program and are a competitive candidate, you would be invited for interviews during the fall or early winter of your senior year. If accepted, you would begin graduate school in August/September after your graduation from BC.

Four Year Program: An increasing number of students at BC, and at other institutions, are applying to graduate schools in the health professions at the end of their senior year—or even later. Students who delay their applications have the opportunity to pursue other interests and/or opportunities (e.g., study abroad, completing a thesis, minoring in a non-science discipline, volunteer work, research) in a more leisurely fashion, thus potentially making them more attractive candidates. This is an option for students who have performed modestly during freshman year, since it may allow them to bring their grades into a more competitive range. The four year option also allows for more flexibility in terms of deciding when to take the entrance exams (MCAT, DAT). The average age for students beginning graduate schools in the health professions is approximately 25, and therefore, the majority of students do not enroll directly after graduating from college.

Non-Science Majors: Program Options

A variety of options are available for non-science majors. They should plan their science and mathematics courses in relation to the courses required in their potential major. Introductory Biology (BI 200-202) is the biology course that students should take to fulfill health professions school requirements. General Biology Laboratory (BI 210-211) fulfills the Biology laboratory requirement. Several three- and four-year options appear below (Options A-E), but other sequences are possible.

Option A: Non-Science Majors—Three Year Option

Freshman Year

  • Introductory Biology (BI 200-202)*

*General Chemistry (CH 109-110) or its equivalent is a prerequisite or corequisite for Introductory Biology (BI 200-202)

  • General Biology Lab (BI 210-211)
  • General Chemistry (CH 109-110)**

**or the honors chemistry courses, Principles of Modern Chemistry (CH 117-118), and Modern Chemistry Laboratory (CH 119-120)—both by invitation of the instructor only

  • General Chemistry Lab (CH 111-112)
  • Calculus (MT 100-101)***

***or, if supported by AP exam or Mathematics Department's recommendation, Calculus II/Biostatistics (MT 101 and BI 230)

  • English Core Requirement
  • Electives/Core Courses

Sophomore Year

  • Organic Chemistry (CH 231-232)
  • Organic Chemistry Lab (CH 233-234)
  • Possible Biology Elective
  • Major Requirements
  • Electives/Core Courses

Junior Year

  • Introduction to Physics (PH 211-212)****

****Foundations of Physics (PH 183-184) and its associated laboratory (PH 101-102) also fulfill health professions school requirements, but the Premedical Committee recommends PH 211-212 and its associated lab (PH 203-204).

  • Physics Lab (PH 203-204)
  • Possible Biology Elective
  • Major Requirements
  • Electives/Core Courses

Option B: Non-Science Majors—Three Year Option

This option is the same as Option A above, except that mathematics (e.g., Calculus MT 100-101) is taken sophomore year along with Organic Chemistry (CH 231-232) and Organic Chemistry Lab (CH 233-234). This allows freshman year to be slightly less math/science oriented.

Option C: Non-Science Majors—Three Year Option

This option is the same as Option A above, except that Introductory Biology (BI 200-202) and General Biology Lab (BI 210-211) are taken sophomore year, along with Organic Chemistry. This option significantly lessens the freshman year course load, but makes sophomore year, with Organic Chemistry and Biology, quite demanding. Also, students may not know whether they are academically competitive until the end of their sophomore year.

Option D: Non-Science Majors—Four Year Option

In this program, students complete Option A during their first three years. During senior year, students have time to complete additional science electives, research, and any other projects of interest. Some recommended science electives include Biochemistry, Molecular Cell Biology, Genetics, and Physiology. Students can then apply to graduate schools in the health professions at the end of their senior year, and admissions committees have four (instead of three) years of work to evaluate. This option allows students to strengthen their candidacy before applying, thus increasing their chances for admission.

Option E: Non-Science Majors—Four Year Option

This option is especially appropriate for students who feel that their high school science/mathematics background is weak. Following this option, students take one required science course each year (see Option A above for course listings). Mathematics should generally be taken either freshman or sophomore year. Though this option allows students to ease into and spread out their premedical/predental course work, the potential disadvantages are the following: (1) Students may not know whether their grades are competitive until their third or fourth year at BC or (2) once enrolled in medical or dental school, students must take many challenging science courses simultaneously each semester, so even a solid performance in Option E may not prepare them effectively for a rigorous graduate school curriculum.

Science Majors: Program Options

Biology Majors

B.S. Program: The B.S. in Biology fulfills all of the core premedical/predental requirements listed above. The premedical/predental biology laboratory requirement is fulfilled by completing BI 310 Molecular Cell Biology Lab and BI 311 Genetics Lab during sophomore year. Therefore BI 210-211 General Biology Lab is optional for Biology majors.

B.A. Program: The B.A. program in Biology does not fulfill all of the premedical/predental requirements listed above. The B.A. in Biology only requires one semester of mathematics. In addition, the B.A. does not require Organic Chemistry (with lab) or Physics (with lab). To fulfill premedical/predental requirements, the B.A. Biology major must therefore take one full year of Organic Chemistry (with lab), Physics (with lab), and mathematics. The premedical/predental biology laboratory requirement is fulfilled by completing BI 310 Molecular Cell Biology Lab and BI 311 Genetics Lab during sophomore year. Therefore, BI 210-211 General Biology Lab is optional for Biology majors.

Recommended course sequences for Biology majors (B.A. and B.S.)

Freshman Year

  • Introductory Biology (BI 200-202)*

*General Chemistry (CH 109-110) or its equivalent is a prerequisite or corequisite for Introductory Biology (BI 200-202)

  • General Chemistry (CH 109-110)**

**or the honors chemistry courses Principles of Modern Chemistry (CH 117-118), and Modern Chemistry Laboratory (CH 119-120)—both by invitation of the instructor only

  • General Chemistry Lab (CH 111-112)
  • Calculus (MT 100-101)***

***or, if supported by AP exam or the Mathematics Department’s recommendation, Calculus II/Biostatistics (MT 101 and BI 230)

  • English Core Requirement
  • Electives/Core Courses

Sophomore Year

  • Organic Chemistry (CH 231-232)
  • Organic Chemistry Lab (CH 233-234)
  • Molecular Cell Biology (BI 304)
  • Molecular Cell Biology Lab (BI 310)
  • Genetics (BI 305)
  • Genetics Lab (BI 311)
  • Electives/Core Courses

Junior Year

  • Introduction to Physics (PH 211-212)
  • Physics Lab (PH 203-204)
  • Biology Electives
  • Electives/Core courses

Biochemistry Majors

The requirements of the Biochemistry major at Boston College fulfill all of the core premedical/predental requirements outlined above. For a complete listing of the required courses for this major, refer to the appropriate program description in the Catalog and/or departmental website. Biochemistry majors fulfill their biology premedical laboratory requirement by completing BI 310-311 Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics Laboratory during sophomore year. Therefore, BI 210-211 General Biology Lab is optional for Biochemistry majors.

Chemistry Majors

The requirements for the Chemistry major fulfill most, but not all, of the core premedical/predental/preveterinary requirements. There is no biology course required for the major. Therefore, most Chemistry majors take Introductory Biology (BI 200-202) and General Biology Laboratory (BI 210-211) during junior year. Calculus (Math/Science majors) MT 102-103 is the required mathematics sequence for Chemistry majors. For a complete listing of the required courses for the Chemistry major, refer to the program description in this Catalog or the department’s website.

Advanced Placement

For specific information regarding advanced placement, contact the Premedical programs office at premed@bc.edu/.

Further Information

Detailed Premedical advising packets are available in the Premedical office in Higgins 648. If you would like to speak with a staff member call 617-552-4663 or email us at premed@bc.edu/.

Presidential Scholars Program

The Presidential Scholars Program is a university-wide, four-year co-curricular honors program that uniquely expresses the Jesuit heritage of Boston College. Approximately fifteen incoming freshmen are chosen each year from the top one to two percent of the national pool of students applying for Early Action admission to Boston College. Students are selected on the basis of superior academic achievement and promise, leadership potential, and a demonstrated commitment to service to society. The Program offers these extraordinary individuals the richest academic experience available at Boston College, one that encourages the pursuit of excellence both within and beyond the University walls. Presidential Scholars receive a full-tuition merit scholarship.

In addition to enrollment in one of the University’s several honors programs, during the academic year Scholars are introduced through an Evening Speaker series to leaders from a wide variety of fields—including the arts, business, education, government, law, medicine and social service—who share their experiences and insights on important issues facing contemporary society. These speakers serve as sources of information on educational and career possibilities; as role models for creating and balancing meaningful work, family, and community involvement; and as potential mentors. A complementary series of workshops (Leadership 101) offers advice and training in practical skills to help Scholars realize their personal and professional goals, including time management, resume development, interviewing skills, fellowship application, stress reduction, and others.

In the summers, Scholars are challenged to test and apply what they have learned at Boston College to the world beyond the campus by participating in experiential learning programs focusing on community service (after the first year), international study and travel (after the second year), and professional internship (after the third year).

Through this carefully balanced combination of academic rigor and co-curricular opportunities and challenges, the Presidential Scholars Program seeks to develop exceptional scholars and leaders for the Boston College community and far beyond.

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PULSE Program

See a full description of the Pulse Program in the Philosophy Department or visit The Pulse Website at http://www.bc.edu/pulse/ .

Reserve Officers Training Program

Air Force Reserve Officer Training Program

Through a cross-enrolled program with Boston University, interested Boston College students may participate in the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Program. Scholarships (full and partial) are available to qualified students for four, three, or two years and include tuition (full or partial), books, fees, and $250.00 to $400.00 per school month stipend depending on year in school. Freshmen and sophomores can compete for two- and three-year scholarships, some of which would cover full tuition, others which cover $15,000 per academic year. Academic specialties for scholarships include any majors. All training, drills, and classes are held at the BU campus. Service obligations are one year for each scholarship year (active duty) while pilots are obligated for eight years active duty after completion of flight school. To obtain further information, contact Associate Dean for Student Development, D. Michael Ryan, 617-552-3470, or the Department of Aerospace Studies, Boston University, 617-353-4705.

Army Reserve Officers Training Program

The U.S. Army offers the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program in cooperation with Northeastern University. Boston College students take most classes and the majority of training on the Chestnut Hill campus. Basic Course (freshmen/sophomore) classes are one hour per week. Advanced Course (junior/senior) classes are two hours per week and require additional lab work. Upon graduation, ROTC students receive a commission of Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

Scholarship and Financial Support:

Some four-year and a limited number of two- and three-year ROTC scholarships are available for interested, qualified, selected students. A limited number of three- and four-year scholarships may be available strictly for students in the Connell School of Nursing through the Partnership in Nursing Education program (617-552-4274). Advanced Course and scholarship students receive stipends of between $250.00 to $400.00 per school month, depending on the year in school. Scholarship students receive 100 percent tuition payment and $600.00 annually for fees, books, supplies, and equipment. Boston College also awards additional incentives for ROTC scholarship students. For more details, contact the Department of Military Science Extension Center at Boston College (Carney Hall 113/114), 617-552-3230, or refer questions to the Associate Dean for Student Development, D. Michael Ryan, 617-552-3470.

Navy Reserve Officer Training

Qualified BC students may cross enroll in Navy Reserve Officer Training (and the Marine Corps Option) at Boston University. Three- and four-year programs exist with possible scholarships (full tuition, some books/fees expenses, but no room and board, with a $250.00 to $400.00 per school month stipend depending on year in school). All classes and drills are held at Boston University. Scholarship students incur an active duty service obligation. For further information, please contact Associate Dean for Student Development, D. Michael Ryan, 617-552-3470, or the Department of Naval Sciences, Boston University, 617-353-4232.

Marine Corps Platoon Leaders’ Class

Available in connection with the Marine Officers Selection Office, Boston, the PLC Program is open to qualified freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. No formal classes or training takes place during the academic year.

Students/candidates attend Officer Candidate School (Quantico, VA) training either in two 6-week sessions (male freshmen/sophomores) or one 10-week session (male and female juniors/seniors). Pay and expenses are received during training. No commitment to the USMC is incurred after OCS until a degree is awarded and a Second Lieutenant’s commission issued. Service obligations are then three and a half years active duty or longer if aviation positions. Students/candidates may drop from the program at any time prior to commissioning. For more information, contact the Marine Officer Selection Office, Boston, at 888-753-8762.

Undergraduate Faculty Research Fellows Program

Boston College established the Undergraduate Faculty Research Fellows Program for the purpose of enhancing the academic experience of undergraduates by cultivating their research skills and fostering mentor relationships between undergraduates and faculty. The program provides a grant to pay for a student's research assistance with a faculty member's research project. It is considered student employment and the student may work up to 20 hours a week during the academic semester, up to 40 hours a week during semester breaks or the summer, depending on faculty need and student availability. Students ordinarily do not receive academic credit for work done under an undergraduate research fellowship.

The formal application for an Undergraduate Research Fellowship must come from the faculty member whose research project the student will assist. Students can inquire directly with faculty to express their interest in being involved in the faculty member’s research. More information is available at: http://www.bc.edu/offices/ufel/fellowships/undergrad/fellowships.html.