The U.C.L.A. Medical College of Medicine is expected to begin offering women its first-ever undergraduate degree in the coming weeks, according to a news release from the college.
The announcement came the same day the medical school announced that it would add female medical students to its incoming class, a move aimed at making the medical college a more welcoming environment for women and girls.
The medical school will offer the first female undergraduate degree, a B.S., and will open the program to women on March 15, according the release.
The program will be held at the Medical College and Women’s Health Services, the medical schools chief information officer said.
Women can begin the program by visiting the B.
Sc. and M.S./Ph.
D. admissions office.
“This program will allow women to earn degrees that can provide greater financial security and better opportunities for their families,” Dr. Amy Eubanks, chair of the medical department, said in a statement.
“By making our admissions process more inclusive and providing the opportunity for more women to enter the medical profession, we can build upon the successes of our first cohort of students and serve as a model for the rest of the country.”
The announcement comes as a growing number of U.K. universities are making their admission decisions for female students.
Last month, the University of Birmingham and London School of Economics announced they were adding women to their incoming classes.
And in February, the U.N. Human Rights Council approved a United Nations resolution calling for all countries to allow women full access to all public and private services.
The resolution passed unanimously and will be considered by the full council in June.