Pre-Professional Program

Coordinator: P. Egland

Most pre-medical students choose a major in Biology or Chemistry, but a student may choose to major in any discipline. While medical schools look favorably upon an undergraduate record rich in challenging science courses, they also look for a balance between science courses and courses in the humanities and social sciences. Medical schools expect that applicants have an understanding of and commitment to the profession. Students are encouraged to learn about medicine and patient care through internships, volunteer experiences and employment.

Admission requirements vary among medical schools, therefore a student interested in a career in medicine should identify the medical schools in which he or she is interested as early as possible. Pre-medical students should consult with their advisors and the coordinator on a regular basis to discuss course selection and medical school application procedures.
Medical schools select students on the basis of 1) undergraduate academic performance; 2) MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) scores; 3) personal experiences; 4) letters of evaluation from professors and other professional people; and 5) a personal interview. Admission to medical school is competitive.

Suggested Pre-Medicine Program of Study:
These are minimal general admission requirements. Students should refer to specific admissions guidelines for each medical school, and consult with their academic advisor and the Coordinator.

BIOL 120 — Biological Principles I (4 cr)
BIOL 121 — Biological Principles II (4 cr)
CHEM 116 & CHEM 117 — General Chemistry I & II (8 cr)
-or- CHEM 120 — Accelerated General Chemistry (4 cr)
CHEM 222 — Inorganic Chemistry (4 cr)
–or– CHEM 242 — Analysis
CHEM 201 — Organic Chemistry (4 cr)
CHEM 202 — Organic Chemistry and Introductory Biochemistry (4 cr)
PHYS 201 & PHYS 202 — Physics for Life Sciences I  & II (8 cr)
–or– PHYS 221 & PHYS 222 — General Physics I & II
MATH 151 — Calculus I (4 cr)
ENGL 110 — First-Year Composition (4 cr)
ENGL 200 — The Literary Experience (3 cr)
–or– ENGL 311 — Advanced Composition
PSYC 270 — Statistics or Biostatistics (4 cr)

Additional courses may include (but are not limited to):
BIOL 233 — Genetics (4 cr)
BIOL 234 — Cell Biology (4 cr)
BIOL 354 — Biological Chemistry (4 cr)
Additional advanced courses in BIOL
MATH 152 — Calculus II (4 cr)
PSYC 115 — General Psychology (3 cr)
SOCI 110 — Contemporary Society (3 cr)