Biological Sciences Department

BS/MD Program:

The Bachelor of Science/Doctor of Medicine (BS/MD) Program is a component of the Meharry Medical College Center of Excellence (COE) supported by a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The purpose of the program is to increase the number of culturally competent African American physicians serving medically underserved populations as well as to assist with alleviating health care disparities.

Meharry Medical College has a formal agreement with Grambling State University.  Through this agreement students are invited to participate in a six-week program designed to enrich and enhance the students’ science knowledge base. Students spend six-weeks for three summers participating in a structured academic program specifically designed for the sophomore, junior, and senior levels.


Students must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the program:  

  • Black/African American
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Economically and/or educationally disadvantaged
  • Express a desire to pursue a career as a physician;
  • Minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale)
  • No grade less than “C” in science courses
  • Submission of an official transcript from all colleges/universities attended
  • Submission of two letters of recommendation on college/university letterhead from faculty members and/or advisor; Submission of 1-2 pages, double-spaced essay that describes your educational and career goals

Students cannot receive credit for these classes at their home institutions. Throughout the summers, students also participate in various sessions such as CPR, stress management, study skills, applying to medical school, financial aid, preparing a personal statement, etc. To continue participation in the BS/MD program each summer, students must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA.

If upon graduation; they have maintained an overall 3.25 GPA on a 4.0 system; and earned the minimum required MCAT score at the time the participant applies to the medical program, with no section lower than 122.  Official acceptance in the School of Medicine requires final approval from the Admissions Committee after the interview process.

For more information, please contact:

Department of Biological Sciences
Carver Hall Room 110
Office Phone – 318-274-4016/2446