Necessary Undergraduate Coursework
Regardless of the choice of major, a student wishing to enter a medical school should (at a minimum) complete the following courses, preferably during his/her freshman and sophomore years:
|BIO 1100 - General Biology||Four Hours|
|BIO 1300G - Animal Diversity||Four Hours|
|CHM 1310 and 1315; 1410G and 1415G - General Chemistry||Eight Hours|
|CHM 2440, 2445, 2840 and 2845 - Organic Chemistry||Eight Hours|
|PHY 1151 and 1152, 1161G and 1162G - General Physics||Eight Hours|
|MAT 1400 - Pre-Calculus (Required by some medical schools and the EIU biology major.)||Three Hours|
BIO 3100 (Cell and Molecular Biology), BIO 3200 (Genetics), BIO 3520 (Animal Physiology), and CHM 3450 (Biochemistry) should all be taken as they will help on the MCAT, but the development of a strong vocabulary (in and out of the sciences) and communication skills are as important as any particular class. The best way to do this is to READ, READ, READ!!! Additional electives such as Anatomy, Microbiology, Embryology, Histology, Immunology, and a variety of advanced chemistry and biology courses will count toward the Biology major, and will help during the first year of medical school.
Volunteer service and extracurricular activities are also important in demonstrating your leadership skills and "fit" for the profession and will help you decide if that is really what you want to do.