Premedical Studies Co-Major

PMD 101 classroom photoThe Premedical Studies Co-Major is designed to provide students with a broad-based science background and prepares them to pursue advanced degrees in medicine as well as other healthcare related fields. The co-major integrates formal advising sessions with professional development courses and courses covering the fundamental concepts in the biological, physical, and social sciences required for admission into medical school and/or covered on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). As a result, the co-major requires only 2 additional credit hours to a normal premedical curriculum, while allowing students to more efficiently track their progress toward achieving their professional goals.

In addition, while strongly encouraged to pursue this co-major, prehealth students are not required to complete the co-major for successful application and admittance into medical school or any other health professional school. Premedical Studies courses as well as access to the advising services provided by the Mallory-Wilson Center for Healthcare Education and the Premedical Advisory Committee are available to all students.

Lastly, the Premedical Studies Co-Major is not a standalone major and must be taken in conjunction with a primary major that provides the significant depth and breadth of a formal academic discipline. Upon graduation, students receive the degree designation of their primary major.

For more information about the Premedical Studies Co-Major and how to enroll, please contact:

Mr. Robert Balfour
Pre-Health Professions Advisor
balfoura@MiamiOH.edu

Academic Requirements

To fulfill the requirements of the Premedical Studies Co-major, a student must complete 62-66 semester hours distributed as follows:

  1. Biology Courses (11-12 hours)
  2. Chemistry Courses (24 hours)
  3. English Courses (6 hours)
  4. Statistics Course (3-4 hours)
  5. Physics Courses (8-10 hours)
  6. Professional Development Courses (2 hours)
  7. Social Science Courses (8 hours)
  8. Recommended Elective Courses (not required)

The specific courses required are listed below. When students take these courses during their undergraduate careers depends on when a student hopes to enter medical school and what primary major is chosen. As a result, each student should work with both primary major and prehealth co-major advisors to ensure that all requirements are fulfilled in the appropriate time frame.

Biology Courses

Take all of these:

  1. BIO/MBI 116 - Biological Concepts: Structure, Function, Cellular, and Molecular Biology (4 hours)
    or
    BIO 114 - Principles of Biology (4 hours)
  2. BIO/MBI 115 - Biological Concepts: Ecology, Evolution, Genetics, and Diversity (4 hours)
    or
    BIO 113 - Animal Diversity (4 hours)
    or
    BIO or MBI with lab (e.g., BIO 305 or MBI 201)
  3. BIO or MBI 200-499

Chemistry Courses

Take all of these:

  1. General Chemistry:
    • CHM 141/144 - College Chemistry/College Chemistry Lab (5 hours)
      and
    • CHM 142/145 - College Chemistry/College Chemistry Lab (5 hours)
  2. Organic Chemistry:
    • CHM 241/244 - Organic Chemistry/Organic Chemistry Lab (5 hours)
      and
    • CHM 242/245 - Organic Chemistry/Organic Chemistry Lab (5 hours)
      OR
    • CHM 251/254 - Organic Chemistry for Chemistry Majors/Organic Chemistry Lab for Chemistry Majors (6 hours)
      and
    • CHM 252/255 - Organic Chemistry for Chemistry Majors/Organic Chemistry Lab for Chemistry Majors (5 hours)
  3. Biochemistry:
    • CHM 332 - Outlines of Biochemistry (4 hours)
      or, preferably
    • CHM 432 - Fundamentals of Biochemistry (4 hours)

English Courses

One year or equivalent

Statistics Course

Take one of these:

  • STA 261 - Statistics (4 hours)
    OR
  • STA 301 - Applied Statistics (3 hours)
    or
    STA 368 - Introduction to Statistics (4 hours)
    or
    ISA 205 - Business Statistics (4 hours, calculus-based)

Physics Courses

Take one of these:

  • PHY 171/173 - College Physics/Physics Lab (4 hours)
    AND
    PHY 172/174 - College Physics/Physics Lab (4 hours)
  • PHY 181/183 - The Physical World/Physics Lab (5 hours)
    AND
    PHY 182/184 - The Physical World/Physics Lab (5 hours, calculus-based)

Professional Development Courses

Take both of these:

  1. PMD 101 - Explorations in Medicine (1 hour)
  2. PMD 301 - Preparing for a Career in Medicine (1 hour)

Social Science Courses

Take both of these:

  1. PSY 111 - Introduction to Psychology (4 hours)
  2. SOC 151 - Social Relations (4 hours)
    or, preferably
    SOC 153 - Sociology in a Global Context (3 hours)

Recommended Electives

These are not required:

  • additional biology course
  • MTH 151 - Calculus I (5 hours)
    or
    MTH 153 - Calculus I (4 hours)

Program Overview: Learning Objectives and Activities

Year 1: Initiating Premedical Studies/Exploring Career Opportunities in Medicine  

  • PMD 101 - Explorations in Medicine (1 hour, fall semester)
  • Complete comprehensive plan of preparation.
  • Advising (Premedical, Divisional, & Departmental Advisors)

Year 2: Continuing Premedical Studies/Exploring the Field and Gaining Medical Experience

  • Advising (Premedical, PAC Faculty Advisor, Divisional, & Departmental Advisors)

Year 3: Preparing the Application/Exploring the Field and Gaining Medical Experience

  • PMD 301 - Preparing for a Career in Medicine (1 hour, spring semester)
  • Complete mock AMCAS application and mock interview.
  • Advising (Premedical, PAC Faculty Advisor, MCAT Preparation Session)

Year 4: Finishing Premedical Studies/Planning for the Future

  • Advising (Premedical, Divisional, & Departmental Advisors)

Courses

PMD 101 - Explorations in Medicine (1)

Explores the various fields of medicine and helps students considering a career in the healthcare field to develop a comprehensive plan of preparation for admission to medical school or other healthcare profession school. This professional development course is for all students considering a career in healthcare.
Credit/no-credit only.

PMD 301 - Preparing for a Career in Medicine (1)

Explores issues facing medical practitioners, encourages reflection on personal medical experiences and motivation for becoming a healthcare professional, and develops interviewing skills. The final product will be completion of a mock application to a healthcare professional school. This professional development course will be of interest to students applying to medical or other health profession school.
Credit/no-credit only.