Rice offers excellent preparation if you are interested in medical school or other health-related professional schools. Like most universities, Rice does not offer a "pre-med" major. If you are considering the health professions, you can major in any discipline of interest as long as you complete the prerequisites for medical school. This including rigorous coursework in the natural sciences — biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics. Majoring in a scientific discipline does not increase your chance of acceptance to medical school. However, strong preparation in the sciences and mathematics is required for medical school study.
The Office of Academic Advising (OAA) provides specialized advising and resources for pre-med and other pre-health professions students. OAA helps you prepare for postgraduate programs and offers guidance during the application process. First-year students should attend the Health Professions Advising Orientation, held early in the fall semester, to begin preparing for potential health profession tracks.
NSCI 399: Medical Professionalism and Observership (MPRO) aims to help you determine if a medical profession is the right fit. Lectures enhance your knowledge of medical professionalism, an intense writing experience helps you reflect on experiences in both the lectures and clinical settings, and you have the opportunity to shadow a physician and/or observe in the operating room, intensive care unit or other clinical unit at Houston Methodist hospital.
The Rice Pre-Medical Society (RPMS) is an undergraduate student-based organization that aims to provide resources, advice and opportunities to all Rice students interested in the health professions.
Their programs include the Big Owl/Little Owl Program (BOP) that connects a small group of Rice undergraduates with current medical students and physician mentors to promote discussion of medical issues and lifestyle topics in a causal setting and an annual Medical Speaker Conference that brings together physicians, researchers and professors from Rice and the Texas Medical Center to explore a health-related theme.
The Rice/Baylor Medical Scholars Program promotes the education of students who are scientifically competent, compassionate and socially conscious. Rice and Baylor College of Medicine select six incoming freshmen each year to pursue a four-year bachelor's degree at Rice followed by guaranteed admission to Baylor College of Medicine. Visit the Undergraduate Admission site for further information and application details.
The Rice-UT Public Health Scholars Program allows selected undergraduate students interested in public health to enroll in up to five core courses at the UT School of Public Health during their senior year and obtain dual undergraduate and graduate credit. This unique BA/BS-MPH program enables accepted students to accelerate and complete their Master of Public Health degree (MPH) in one year after completing their undergraduate degree. Further information and application details are available on the Rice-UT Public Health Scholars site.