BIC & Pre-Med
BIC helps prepare Pre-Med students for medical school.
The Baylor Interdisciplinary Core is extremely attractive to Pre-Med students. The BIC offers those students the opportunity to read great texts and authors: from Dante, to Plato, to Augustine, and many more. In class, students participate in discussion of those texts and apply them to real-world issues. The content taught in BIC courses helps students develop their reading and writing skills, speaking abilities, knowledge of world cultures and religions, economic and political schools of thought, and community involvement. The Association of American Medical Colleges lists core competencies that are essential to any student's medical school application. These include: cultural competence, critical thinking, ethical responsibility, and service orientation. The BIC program integrates all of the core competencies necessary for a career in medicine and several BIC students have received full-rides to the top medical schools across the country, including NYU Medical School, McGovern Medical School, Baylor School of Medicine, and many more!
Several BIC students have graduated from medical schools and graduate schools and have successful careers as physicians, psychologists, and scientists.
Below are profiles from BIC alumni that explain how the BIC and Pre-Med combination works:
Doctorate of Physical Therapy
B.S.-Medical Humanities, Biology Minor, Pre-Physical Therapy
"BIC gave me the gift of open-mindedness. Being exposed to a variety of literature, religions, and discussing history and life with people different from me has given me the ability to relate and communicate in my professional life. I am thankful for the growth and personal development BIC provided during my time at Baylor and its lasting impression in my life now."
PhD in Bioengineering from Rice University
B.S.-Mathematics and Biology, BIC, and Honors
"Baylor, and especially the BIC program, is a wonderful place to study deeply in many different fields. Drink deep and grow in your faith. Learn some philosophy, some history, some math, some coding. Learn to think, to write, and to speak. No matter what your eventual career is, your life will be enriched by what you have chosen to study here."
Clinical Psychologist at a children's hospital in Boston
PhD in Clinical Psychology from George Washington University
B.A.-Psychology and Philosophy
"Honestly, I was very shy when I started attending Baylor. The most important thing I learned that still sticks with me is to speak up and not be afraid to share my thoughts and opinions with others. The small group class format in particular made this easier for me over the four years that I was in the BIC, and it’s something I’ve carried with me throughout my graduate training and career. Even if my BIC classmates or professors didn’t agree with my points, the environment was one where we were allowed to explore and work through ideas out loud. I think that kind of setting is crucial for intellectual and personal growth."
Orthopedic Surgeon at Houston Methodist Hospital
Fellowship in Hand, Wrist, and Microvascular Surgery at the University of Washington
MD/MBA from Rice University
B.A.-University Scholars, Pre-Med
"'Truth, if it is truth, has no fear of being found false.' This gave me the freedom to ask questions. It helped me not to feel guilty as I explored and examined my faith. It also gave me a deeper respect for Truth and the pursuit of it."
Assistant Professor in the Division of Public Health Sciences at Washington University School of Medicine
Post-Doctoral Studies at Harvard School of Public Health
PhD in Epidemiology
Master's in Public Health
B.S.-Biochemistry, Sociology Minor
"I was a member of the first BIC class. It was an exciting curriculum that provided a well-rounded perspective to my basic science course load."
B.A.-University Scholars, Pre-Med
"BIC provided me with a good foundation for interacting with people from all walks of life. As a doctor, I try to help patients from various cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Part of being a good doctor is getting to know the patient and assessing what might be the best course of treatment for him or her. Since everyone is different, both physically and mentally, what works well for one patient may not work well for another. This human-side of my job is the most interesting to me.: