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BS/DO Programs with Options

Are you excited to become a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)? Elmira's Early Acceptance Program with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) streamlines the path to becoming one. When you enroll in Elmira and LECOM’s dual degree path, your graduate program seat is secured, which allows you to focus on your undergraduate studies without the pressure of seeking a medical school or taking the MCAT. What’s more is that you have the choice between an accelerated 2+4 or a traditional 4+4 track for your academic journey.


"I chose Elmira not only because of the scholarships and financial aid, but because of the immediate assurance of getting into medical school. ... Being at Elmira and having that tie [with LECOM] lets me explore and learn in different areas."

–Emma Guthrie '26


Preview Biology, BS Courses

If you’re interested in pursuing a career in health care, research, teaching, or an advanced degree, our Biology courses will give you a solid academic foundation that you can build on. Before you decide which Biology courses to take, be sure to get advice from an academic advisor so that you’re setting yourself up on the best path for success.

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Dual BS/DO Degree—Are You Ready?

Choosing a dual degree in Biology sets you apart from the crowd. It shows you’re serious about your professional future and determined to embrace the academic rigors of such a program. We offer two learning tracks so you can target how you want to earn your dual degree.

  • You’re ready to take on the BS/DO accelerated program if you’re studious, self-motivated, and confident about your goals. This unique six-year program will reduce the time you spend in college, saving you money and allowing you to start your career more quickly. You’ll spend your first two years at Elmira completing your general education requirements and taking courses toward a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Biology. In your third year, you’ll complete your BS degree and start your DO work while dual enrolled at Elmira and LECOM. Your final three years will be dedicated to earning your DO at LECOM.
  • You should keep exploring if you want to take your time figuring out what your career path is. The traditional 4+4 Early Acceptance Program option means you’ll complete your undergraduate degree at Elmira in the normal four years. Provided you maintain the required GPA and other requirements, you’ll enter LECOM’s DO program in July following your Elmira graduation. You’ll complete your DO work in four years at LECOM.

Application Requirements

Interested in applying? See our application requirements so you can take advantage of our unique programs.

  • No MCAT or AACOMAS application are required.
  • Maintain a minimum 3.4 overall GPA and 3.3 GPA in Sciences at EC to continue in the program.
  • An annual progress review is required by an EC Pre-Health Professions advisor.
  • 2+4 Track Only: Students must be 20 years of age at the start of their LECOM residence (year three).

2+4 BS/DO Program Admission Requirements

  • US citizen or permanent resident
  • Must not have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher; designed for those entering college as freshmen
  • Minimum high school GPA of 3.7 unweighted
  • Minimum SAT of 1340 or ACT of 28 on a single exam
  • Successful LECOM medical school interview
  • Waived: No MCAT required, no AACOMAS application required
  • Students must be 20 years of age at the start of their LECOM residence (year three)

4+4 BS/DO Program Admission Requirements

  • US citizen or permanent resident
  • Must be a rising high school senior, a high school senior, a high school graduate, or a college student with less than 65 earned undergraduate credit hours
  • Minimum high school GPA of 3.5
  • Minimum SAT of 1240 or ACT of 26 on a single exam
  • Successful LECOM medical school interview
  • Waived: No MCAT required, no AACOMAS application required

Send Us Your Questions ...

EC’s Pre-Health Advisor and Professor of Biology, Dr. Lynn Gillie, can answer your questions about advising, choosing an academic path, curriculum requirements, and other academic-related questions at (607) 735-1859 or lgillie@elmira.edu.

If you have additional questions about the application process, financial aid, or our dual-degree program, get in touch with one of our admissions counselors. They’ll be happy to assist!

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