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Foundations of Pre-Medicine

The Foundations of Pre-Medicine Focus Area is a flexible program designed for students with an interest in the health-care sector as well as those completing foundational prerequisite courses for graduate programs like medical school and nursing school.

Visiting students may take curated courses in biology, chemistry, psychology, math, and physics. Students enroll in two courses that can be completed in either one or two six-week sessions. Those who complete two courses from among the courses offered within their Focus Area will receive a Certification of Participation and a Columbia University transcript.

The Foundations of Pre-Medicine Focus Area applies Columbia’s theory-meets-practice model, which pairs coursework with subject-specific co-curriculars that are unique to the cohort.

Co-curricular activities may include:

Visiting students study alongside matriculated students at Columbia University and have the same access to top faculty at Columbia’s School of Arts & Sciences academic departments. Students can also take advantage of on-campus housing. This holistic program provides students a one-of-a-kind learning experience, offering the chance to study in the only Ivy League university in New York City while connecting with a cohort of like-minded peers.


Biological Sciences

  • BIOL2501S 001 Contemporary Biology Lab
  • BIOL4515S 001 Intensive Laboratory in Biotechnology


  • CHEM1403S 001 General Chemistry I Lecture
  • CHEM1404S 001-002 General Chemistry II Lecture
  • CHEM1500S 001-004 General Chemistry Laboratory
  • CHEM1501S 001 General Chemistry Laboratory - Lab Lecture
  • CHEM2443S 001 Organic Chemistry I Lecture
  • CHEM2444S 001-002 Organic Chemistry II Lecture
  • CHEM2543S 001-002 Organic Chemistry Laboratory


  • MATH1003S 001 College Algebra-Analytic Geometry
  • MATH1101S 001-002 Calculus I
  • MATH1102S 001-002 Calculus II
  • MATH1201S 001-002 Calculus III
  • MATH1202S 001 Calculus IV


  • PHYS1201S 001 General Physics I
  • PHYS1202S 001-002 General Physics II


  • PSYC1001S 001-002 Science of Psychology
  • PSYC1420S 001 Experimental Psychology: Human Behavior
  • PSYC1610S 001 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
  • PSYC2210S 001 Cognition: Basic Processes
  • PSYC2450S 001 Behavioral Neuroscience
  • PSYC2490S 001 Evolutionary Psychology
  • PSYC2620S 001 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC2630S 001 Social Psychology
  • PSYC3622S 001 Topics in Clinical Psychology
  • PSYC3625S 001 Clinical Neuropsychology Seminar
  • PSYC3471W 001 Psychedelic Medicine
  • PSYC3494S 001 Gene-Environment Interaction and Epigenetics
  • PSYC4289W 001 Games People Play

Visiting Student Admissions

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