Here are a few of the most popular pre-med pathways and learning experiences that provide students with different unique advantages when applying to medical school, other professional and graduate programs, and careers in related fields.
Choose Your Major
The following degree programs are all popular pre-med pathways that each provide students with unique advantages when applying to medical school, other professional and graduate programs, and careers in related fields.
- Biomedical Science
- Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
- Forensic Science
- Health & Behaviour
- Health & Medical Humanities
- Indigenous Studies
Tailor Your Degree
Distinguish your degree by adding a specialization and gain a deeper understanding of your chosen discipline. Popular specializations for students heading to med school include:
Complement your bachelor’s degree with an option—like a mini-minor that be coupled with any undergraduate program.
- Option in Pre-medical Studies - Graduate with a well-rounded background in the physical and life sciences, as well as the social sciences and humanities.
- Option in Health & Medical Humanities - Teaches students (in any undergrad program) what it takes to make good ethical decisions in a medical context, and how the arts influence and are influenced by cultural and social views on health and wellness.
Get Career Experience
At Trent, every student is guaranteed access to at least one experiential, career-boosting learning experience. Whether offered through your chosen degree program or through Careerspace, you will have the opportunity to apply what you learn in lecture to real-world work settings.
Honours Thesis Research
In your final year, you have the option to complete an independent research project in your topic of choice, supervised by a faculty member who is leading related research in the field.
Through an honours thesis project, you'll develop core research skills, including the development of methodology, as well as qualitative analysis and quantitative reasoning as you draw conclusions based on the results of yourr study. You’ll also develop strong communication, critical thinking, time management and leadership skills as you take the lead in this learning experience with support from engaged faculty supervisors.
For more than 25 years, the Trent Community Research Centre has facilitated meaningful, and purposeful community-based research projects for students with organizations in Peterborough City and County, the City of Kawartha Lakes, Durham Region, and Northumberland County.
Through this initiative, you’ll see yourself helping a community partner—from government, to social service agencies, and conservation authorities, to name a few—find answers to a question that has originated directly from the work they do. Through your research project, you’ll see how discoveries are applied in the real world.
Work Placement in Healthcare Setting
Through Trent’s Biomedical Science B.Sc., students get the opportunity to gain real-world experience through Community Placements , which will see you dive into hands-on learning in a medical or health-care related setting, and prepare for successful careers in biomedical or applied health research, teaching, degree programs in medicine, or in the allied health profession