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Pre-Medical Studies and Advising

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Pre-Med Designation Overview

When it’s time to begin looking at medical schools or to pursue a professional degree in fields such as dentistry, pharmacy, PA, veterinary medicine, physical therapy, podiatry or optometry, you’ll be ready.  As a pre-med student, you’ll receive expert guidance from our dedicated director of pre-health advising, who provides a wide variety of programming and one-on-one advisement to help you to identify and pursue clinical exposure, research and volunteer experiences.  In the increasingly competitive world of medical school admissions, strategically working with a pre-health advisor is critical to your success.  

The pre-med designation perfectly complements a variety of majors. The courses completed through the pre-med designation form an essential foundation for further study in the health professions. The courses can be completed along with almost any undergraduate major, allowing students to pursue a variety of academic interests while completing medical school prerequisites.

As a pre-med student, your life as an undergrad will go far beyond the classroom.  Through on-campus clubs, research, local volunteer opportunities, and access to local hospitals, clinics, and other medical settings, you can easily get the experiences you need to be a competitive medical school candidate.   

The pre-medical studies designation must be declared in addition to another degree and is not a stand-alone program.

Curriculum and Requirements

Course Requirements

All courses listed in this section may count toward both the major (if applicable) and the pre-medical studies designation.

Required Courses (39 credits)

Students must complete all of the listed required courses, as they are the minimum prerequisites for application to most medical schools and form the basis of standardized admission tests such as Medical College Admission Test, Dental Admission Test, Optometry Admission Test or Pharmacy College Admission Test.

Required Courses
Select one of the following:4
BIO 101
& 101L
General Biology I
and General Biology I Lab
BIO 150
& 150L
General Biology for Majors
and General Biology for Majors Laboratory
Select one of the following:4
BIO 102
& 102L
General Biology II
and General Biology Lab II
BIO 151
& 151L
Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics
and Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics Lab
Required courses:
CHE 110
& 110L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
CHE 111
& 111L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
CHE 210
& 210L
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
CHE 211
& 211L
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab
PHY 110
& 110L
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
PHY 111
& 111L
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
CHE 315
& 315L
Biochemistry I
and Biochemistry Lab I
MA 141Calculus of a Single Variable3
Total Credits39

In addition to the required pre-med designation courses, students applying to medical school must plan to complete two English courses, Psychology 101 (PS 101), Sociology 101 (SO 101), and one additional math course (Statistics recommended) to meet many medical school admissions requirements and prepare for the MCAT exam. Humanities such as ethics and philosophy, and advanced sciences such as genetics, cell biology, and anatomy & physiology are highly recommended.

Students are encouraged to check the specific prerequisite course requirements of the professional program to which they intend to apply. Many professional schools recommend additional elective course work to prepare for admission.

Pre-medical students should refer to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the online database of Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR®) for full information regarding the required and recommended course work for medical school. Resources can be found on the AAMC website.