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UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015

College of Letters & Science

Premedical Studies

Patricia Cobb, Senior Student Services Coordinator, L&S Premedical Advisor, HLT 141, (414) 299-3922, pacobb@uwm.edu

The Certificate Program in Premedical Studies is founded on the belief that science knowledge alone does not prepare students to become effective physicians. Students need to have insight into and sensitivity to the emotional, cultural, and environmental factors that motivate the behaviors of the people who will be their patients. They must have a genuine concern for them as individuals, and an ability to communicate with them in ways that respect their beliefs and attitudes. The development of the student‰s humanistic side is a high priority in the education of future physicians through this certificate program.

To obtain the certificate, students must have earned a baccalaureate degree, either previously or concurrently with the awarding of the certificate. Students may enter the certificate program as new freshmen, as continuing students if they have earned a 3.25 GPA overall and in the required science/math courses, and as post-baccalaureate students who have earned an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (3.25 is preferred) on their first degree. To remain in the program in good standing, students must maintain a 3.25 GPA overall and in required science/math courses. Students who fall below a 3.25 in either GPA in any semester are granted one semester of probation in which to raise the GPA above 3.25. If they do not do so, they are dropped from the program but may reenter at any time that the GPA once again meets or exceeds 3.25.

General Credit Requirements

Students will complete approximately 21 credits beyond the minimum requirements for admission to medical school in meeting the requirements of the Certificate in Premedical Studies. At least 35 credits, including at least 8 of the minimum of 15 advanced credits required, must be taken at UWM.

Required Courses

Students must complete all prerequisite courses for admission to medical school. These include:

BIO SCI 150, 152

Foundations of Biological Sciences I & II

BIO SCI 325 (260)


At least one Biological Science advanced-level course with lab selected from:

BIO SCI 315/316

Cell Biology/Laboratory in Genetics and Cell Biology

BIO SCI 370/372

Animal Physiology/Animal Physiology Laboratory

BIO SCI 383 (303)

General Microbiology

BIO SCI 401/402

Immunology/Immunological Techniques

CHEM 102, 104

General Chemistry and Quantitative Analysis

CHEM 343, 344, 345

Organic Chemistry

English composition at the 102 level or above

English, any other course, for three credits

MATH 116, 117

College Algebra and Trigonometry



MATH 211

Survey in Calculus and Analytic Geometry



MATH 221

Honors Calculus I



MATH 231

Calculus and Analytic Geometry

PHYSICS 120, 121, 122, 123

General Physics I and II (Non-Calculus Treatment)



PHYSICS 209, 210, 214, 215

Physics I and II (Calculus Treatment)

In addition, students must complete the following courses:


Lifeways in Different Cultures: A Survey of World Societies

One of the following three courses:

CHEM 501

Introduction to Biochemistry (or other advanced-level biochemistry course)



PHYSICS 305 (405)

Medical Physics






Public Speaking

HIST 229

History of Race, Science, and Medicine in the U.S.

PH 101

Introduction to Public Health

One of the following three courses:


Introductory Ethics




Moral Problems (for 3 credits)




Ethical Issues in Health Care


Introduction to Psychology

Required Enriching Experiences

1. Participation in an independent study or research project in a natural science, psychology, or other approved area (students may earn 3 cr. through departmental 699 or other research course);

2. Participation in the UWM/Milwaukee County Medical Society Mentor Program; and

3. Certification of 112 hours of volunteer work or employment in a health care setting (students may earn 3 credits toward the degree through EdPol 202, Volunteers for Credit, to obtain this certification).

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