Certificate Program in Pre-Medical Studies

Undergraduate Catalog
Certificate Program Information
Pre-Medical Studies Certificate

The process for officially enrolling in the Certificate Program is a simple one. Interested students should contact ...

Patricia Cobb
Program Coordinator
Student Academic Services
Holton Hall 141

Phone: 414-229-3922
e-mail: pacobb@uwm.edu

To sign-up for the certificate program you will need to complete a Declaration of Certificate Program form.

While some universities offer pre-medical majors, it is the position of UWM and of most medical schools that there are better alternatives for preparing students to become medical doctors. UWM students are encouraged to nurture whatever interest or passion motivates their academic pursuits. Thus, premedical students at UWM major in a wide range of departments in the College of Letters and Science as well as in programs offered by the professional schools.

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 that respects 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 regardless of the level of their course work in the 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 exceeds 3.25.

Certificate 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

  • BioSci 150/152: Foundations of Biology 1 and 2
  • BioSci 325 (260): Genetics
  • At least one advanced level course with lab selected from:
    BioSci 315/316: Cell Biology/Laboratory in Genetics and Cell Biology
    BioSci 370: Animal Physiology
    BioSci 383 (303): General Microbiology
    BioSci 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: Algebra/Trigonometry, or Math 211: Survey in Calculus and Analytic Geometry, or Math 221: Honors Calculus I, or Math 225/226: Calculus with Calculus with Precalculus I & II , or Math 231: Calculus & Analytical Geometry.
  • Physics 120/121 and 122/123: General Physics I and II (Non-Calculus Treatment) or Physics 209/210/214/215: Physics I and II (Calculus Treatment)

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: Biophysics
  • Commun 103: Public Speaking
  • History 229: History of Race, Science, and Medicine in the U.S.
  • Honors 310: Introduction to Clinical Medicine for Premedical Students
  • Hum Kin 211: Standard First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
  • Psych 101: Introduction to Psychology

One of the following three courses:

  • Philos 241: Introductory Ethics
    Philos 243: Moral Problems (for 3 credits)
    Philos 244: Ethical Issues in Health Care

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);,/li>
  2. Participation in the UWM/Medical Society of Milwaukee County Mentor Program
  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).