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Pre-Medicine Program

The pre-professional program is not a major, but a series of courses required by professional schools for admission to their respective programs. If you are interested in anything from anesthesia assistant to veterinary science, then you will be following the same general path through your undergraduate academic program.

Program Details

Program Overview

Ask yourself some questions:
• Do I care deeply about other people, their problems and their pain?
• Do I enjoy helping people with my skills and knowledge?
• Do I enjoy learning, gaining new understanding?
• Am I interested in how the human body functions?

If you answered "yes" to most of these questions, chances are you have the right kind of personality for a medical career. People who wish to become physicians must have a desire to serve patients, be self-motivated, and be able to survive the pressures and long hours of medical education and practice. Physicians also must have a good bedside manner, emotional stability and the ability to make decisions in emergencies. Prospective physicians must be willing to study throughout their career to keep up with medical advances. They also will need to be flexible to respond to the changing demands of a rapidly evolving health care environment.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the May 2015 medial income of physicians was equal to or greater than $187,200. Earnings vary according to specialty, geographic region and years of experience. Employment of physicians and surgeons is projected to grow 14 percent from 2014 to 2024. Job growth is projected due to increased demand for health care services by the growing and aging population.

Required Courses

All pre-professional students will complete the same core courses. You will then complete elective courses for your specific academic program.

Professional schools seek students with essential skills to become practitioners in their desired career path.

Biology Courses

  • BL 105: General Biology (4.00 Credits)
  • BL 106: General Biology II (4.00 Credits)
  • BL 202: Microbiology (3.00 Credits)
  • BL 203: Microbiology Laboratory (1.00 Credits)
  • BL 206: Methods in Protein Purification (2.00 Credits)
  • BL 306: Cell Physiology (4.00 Credits)
  • BL 308: Genetics (4.00 Credits)

Chemistry Courses

  • CH 113: General Chemistry I (4.00 Credits)
  • CH 114: General Chemistry II (4.00 Credits)
  • CH 201: Organic Chemistry I (3.00 Credits)
  • CH 202: Organic Chemistry II (3.00 Credits)
  • CH 211: Organic Chemistry I Lab (1.00 Credits)
  • CH 212: Organic Chemistry II Lab (1.00 Credits)
  • CH 302: Biochemistry (3.00 Credits)
  • CH 307: Analytical Chemistry I (4.00 Credits)

English Courses

  • EN 102: Research Writing (3.00 Credits)

Mathematics Courses

  • MT 120: Applied Statistics (3.00 Credits)
  • MT 196: Pre-Calculus (4.00 Credits)
  • or higher

Physics Courses

  • PY 201: General Physics I (4.00 Credits)
  • PY 202: General Physics II (4.00 Credits)

One Sociology course, either:

  • SC 301: Sociology of the Body (3.00 Credits)
  • SC 203: Racial and Ethnic Groups (3.00 Credits)
  • SC 230: Death and Dying (3.00 Credits)
  • SC 301: Sociology of the Body (3.00 Credits)

One Psychology course

Man and Woman in Scrubs

6 Pre-Medicine Job Options

  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Medical Technician
  • Medical Technologist
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Health Services Director
  • Physician

Other Pre-Professional Programs at Stritch

Beyond the Classroom

The Pre-Med/Pre-Professional Club is for students interested in pre-medical and pre-professional sciences. Our club is involved in the community. We plan science-related activities and events and assist one another in admissions for graduate or medical school, as well as discuss alternate options.

This club provides perspective and insight into health care and science fields and builds supportive relationships among students who share a common interest in health care and science.

Students are provided a collaborative environment where they can interact with other students of all stages of the program, get advice on applying to medical school, study sessions and tutoring for tests and MCAT exam.

Contact admissions or the program faculty with questions about this program.


Daniel P. Meer

Chair - Natural Sciences|Faculty - Biology

Science and MathScience and Math

(414) 410-4137