UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018

College of Letters and Science

Pre-Medicine

Patricia Cobb, Senior Student Services Coordinator, Student Academic Services, Pre-Medical Advisor, HLT 131, (414) 229-3922, pacobb@uwm.edu, uwm.edu/letters-science/programs?discipline=Pre-Med

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. In addition to providing a long-term academic plan, your advisor will provide you with information about the non-academic components necessary to become a competitive applicant for medical school; and, how and when to apply for medical school.

Students must plan to complete a bachelor’s degree prior to entering medical school. Fewer than 3% of applicants, nationwide, are admitted without a degree.

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 years of chemistry, including inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry; 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 added a social/behavioral science component and additional chemistry. To be well prepared for the MCAT, students are advised to complete Psych 101, Sociology 101, and PH 101 (as well as other courses selected in consultation with the premed advisor) and Chemistry 501 (biochemistry). Other classes, such as Communication, are more frequently being strongly recommended or required by various medical schools.

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

4

Bio Sci 152

Foundations of Biological Sciences II

4

One advanced course in Bio Sci with lab

4-5

Chem 102

General Chemistry

5

Chem 104

General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis

5

Chem 343

Organic Chemistry

3

Chem 344

Organic Chemistry Laboratory

2

Chem 345

Organic Chemistry

3

Chem 501

Introduction to Biochemistry

3 (required at UW-Madison Medical School)

Math

4 (required at the Medical College of Wisconsinl)

Physics 120

General Physics I (Non-Calculus Treatment)

4

Physics 121

General Physics Laboratory (Non-Calculus Treatment)

1

Physics 122

General Physics II (Non-Calculus Treatment)

4

Physics 123

General Physics Laboratory (Non-Calculus Treatment)

1

or

 

 

Physics 209

General Physics I (Calculus Treatment)

4

Physics 210

General Physics II (Calculus Treatment)

4

Physics 214

Lab Physics I (Calculus Treatment)

1

Physics 215

Lab Physics II (Calculus Treatment)

1

or  
     
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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