UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018

College of Letters and Science

Pre-Medical Studies

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

The Certificate Program in Pre-Medical 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 3.250 GPA overall and in the required science/math courses, and as post-baccalaureate students who have earned an undergraduate GPA of 3.000 (3.250 is preferred) on their first degree. To remain in the program in good standing, students must maintain a 3.250 GPA overall and in required science/math courses. Students who fall below a 3.250 in either GPA in any semester are granted one semester of probation in which to raise the GPA above 3.250. If they do not do so, they are dropped from the program but may re-enter at any time that the GPA once again meets or exceeds 3.250.

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 Pre-medical 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

General Microbiology

Bio Sci 401/402

Immunology/Immunological Techniques

Chem 102, 104

General Chemistry and Qualitative 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)


Physics 219, 220

Physics I and II: Calculus-Based, Studio Format

In addition, students must complete the following courses:

Anthro 104

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



Physics 306


Commun 103

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:

Philos 241

Introductory Ethics



Philos 243

Moral Problems (for 3 credits)



Philos 244

Ethical Issues in Healthcare

Psych 101

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 healthcare setting (students may earn 3 credits toward the degree through Ed Pol 202, Volunteers for Credit, to obtain this certification).


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