Premedical Studies Co-Major

Provides a broad-based premedical background and prepares students to pursue advanced degrees in medicine as well as other healthcare related fields. Integrates comprehensive, regularly scheduled premedical advising with courses that cover fundamental concepts in the biological, physical, and social sciences required for admission to medical school or other health professional schools, and/or in preparation for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). A co-major must be taken in conjunction with a primary major, which provides the significant depth and breadth of an academic discipline; it cannot be taken independently. There is no specific degree designation for the co-major; students receive the degree designation of their primary major.

Note: Students are not required to complete the co-major for successful application and admittance to medical school or other health professional schools. Premedical Studies courses as well as access to services provided by the Mallory-Wilson Center for Healthcare Education and the Premedical Advisory Committee are available to all students.

Program Requirements

Required courses (62-67 hrs)

Biology (11-12 hrs)

BIO/MBI 116 Biological Concepts: Structure, Function, Cellular, and Molecular Biology (4) or

BIO 114 Principles of Biology (4)

BIO/MBI 115 Biological Concepts: Ecology, Evolution, Genetics, and Diversity (4) or

BIO 113 Animal Diversity (4) or

BIO 305 Human Physiology (4) or

MBI 201 General Microbiology (4)

BIO/MBI at the 200-level or higher (3-4, not independent study)

Chemistry - (24 hrs)

General Chemistry

CHM 141, 144 College Chemistry/College Chemistry Lab (3, 2)

CHM 142, 145 College Chemistry/College Chemistry Lab (3, 2)

Organic Chemistry

CHM 241, 244 Organic Chemistry/Organic Chemistry Laboratory (3, 2) or

CHM 251, 254 Organic Chemistry for Chemistry Majors/Organic Chemistry Laboratory for Chemistry Majors (3, 2)

CHM 242, 245 Organic Chemistry/Organic Chemistry Laboratory (3, 2) or

CHM 252, 255 Organic Chemistry for Chemistry Majors/Organic Chemistry Laboratory for Chemistry Majors (3, 2)

Biochemistry

CHM 432 Fundamentals of Biochemistry (4) * or

CHM 332 Outlines of Biochemistry (4)

English Composition (6 hrs)

ENG 111 Composition and Rhetoric (3) and

ENG 112 Composition and Literature (3) or

equivalent Honors composition courses

Math/Statistics (3-4 hrs)

STA 261 Statistics (4) or

STA 301 Applied Statistics (3) or

STA 368 Introduction to Statistics (4) or

ISA 205 Business Statistics (4)

Physics (8-10 hrs)

PHY 171, 173 College Physics/Physics Laboratory (3, 1) or

PHY 181, 183 The Physical World/Physics Laboratory (4, 1)

PHY 172, 174 College Physics/Physics Laboratory (3, 1) or

PHY 182, 184 The Physical World/Physics Laboratory (4, 1)

Professional Development (2 hrs)

PMD 101 Explorations in Medicine (1)

PMD 301 Preparing for a Career in Medicine (1)

Social Science (8 hrs)

PSY 111 Introduction to Psychology (4)

SOC 153 Sociology in a Global Context (3) * or

SOC 151 Social Relations (4)

Recommended Electives (7-9)

One additional course in BIO/MBI at the 200-level or higher

MTH 151 Calculus I (5) or

MTH 153 Calculus I (4)

* CHM 432 and SOC 153 are the preferred courses for Biochemistry and Sociology.

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