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UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016

College of Letters and Science


Patricia Cobb, Senior Student Services Coordinator, Student Academic Services, Pre-Medical Advisor, HLT 131, (414) 229-3922, pacobb@uwm.edu, www.premed.uwm.edu

Students wishing to become physicians should consult the pre-medical advisor early in their undergraduate career for help in planning a program. An appointment with the advisor each semester is recommended strongly. Later, the advisor also can assist students in the application process.

A majority of students admitted to American medical schools hold a baccalaureate degree. An especially well-prepared student occasionally is admitted at the end of the junior year, but pre-medical students should plan to fulfill all degree requirements.

Almost all medical schools require that applicants take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Pre-medical students normally should arrange to take this test at the end of their junior year. The pre-medical advisor can provide information regarding the administration of this test.

Most medical schools consider the following as minimal preparation for admission: 1 year of English; mathematics at least through pre-calculus; 2-2 ½ years of chemistry, including inorganic and organic chemistry; 1 year of biology (more is advised); 1 year of physics. For most medical schools, science courses must include laboratory work.

Effective 2015, the MCAT will include a social/behavioral science component and additional chemistry. To be well-prepared for this new version of the exam, students are advised to complete Psych 101, Sociol 101, PH 101, and Chem 501 (biochemistry).

Some medical schools specify additional courses as part of the minimal preparation for admission. Calculus frequently is required or recommended. Therefore, pre-medical students should ascertain the specific requirements of the schools to which they intend to apply and plan their undergraduate programs accordingly. A list of all medical college admission requirements is located in the College advising office.

Science Courses That Satisfy Medical School Admission Requirements

Bio Sci 150

Foundations of Biological Sciences I


Bio Sci 152

Foundations of Biological Sciences II


One advanced course in Bio Sci with lab


Chem 102

General Chemistry


Chem 104

General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis


Chem 343

Organic Chemistry


Chem 344

Organic Chemistry Laboratory


Chem 345

Organic Chemistry


Chem 501

Introduction to Biochemistry

3 (required at UW-Madison Medical School)

Math – a semester of calculus

4 (required at UW-Madison Medical School)

Physics 120

General Physics I (Non-Calculus Treatment)


Physics 121

General Physics Laboratory (Non-Calculus Treatment)


Physics 122

General Physics II (Non-Calculus Treatment)


Physics 123

General Physics Laboratory (Non-Calculus Treatment)





Physics 209

General Physics I (Calculus Treatment)


Physics 210

General Physics II (Calculus Treatment)


Physics 214

Lab Physics I (Calculus Treatment)


Physics 215

Lab Physics II (Calculus Treatment)


Physics 219 Physics I: Calculus-Based, Studio Format 5
Physics 220 Physics II: Calculus-Based, Studio Format 5
Statistics Any statistics course 3 (required at UW-Madison Medical School)

Although the courses listed above are mandatory for admission to almost all American medical schools, the rest of the program can be whatever the student wishes. Students are not required to major in biology or chemistry in order to gain admission to medical school.

Students who pursue this field of study also may be interested in the Pre-Medical Certificate Program described elsewhere in this catalog.

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