CAS Science Faculty Advisors: Dr. Steve Myers (BIO), Dr. Jessica Kelts (CHM), Dr. Jeannette Stein (PSY)
SHPS Faculty Advisor: Dr. Suzanne Selig
There is keen competition for the limited number of places available in medical schools. Therefore, prospective applicants are urged to plan an alternate career option as they pursue a bachelor’s degree. The degree programs listed below are designed to meet the requirements for most medical schools and to provide in-depth courses that also qualify students to work in the area of study. Students are also advised to obtain exact information from prospective medical schools concerning requirements for admission.
In general, medical schools stress scholastic achievement, especially in the sciences, as a major criterion for admission. Premed students may major in any discipline so long as the requirements of the medical program to which they are applying are fulfilled. Medical schools are looking for well-rounded students with broad, liberal arts backgrounds. Such a background can be demonstrated by pursuing a non-science major or minor, or focused sequences of courses in multiple disciplines. Such factors as the quality of the undergraduate college and the recommendations supplied by its faculty, results of the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), and residence are also considered. Personal qualities such as integrity, motivation, leadership, and maturity are often discernible through the applicant’s record of nonacademic activities, an autobiographical statement, and a personal interview at the medical school
Each student who plans to apply for admission to medical school should seek the assistance and guidance of an advisor from the Biology, Chemistry/Biochemistry, Psychology, or Public Health and Health Sciences Department at the University of Michigan-Flint. For more information, consult the Biology website http://www.umflint.edu/biology/programs/premed.htm.
Required courses (58-67 credits). As a minimum, the following courses should be completed before applying to medical school:
- Biology. BIO 111 , BIO 113 , BIO 326 , BIO 328 .
- Chemistry. CHM 260 , CHM 261 , CHM 262 , CHM 263 or CHM 265 , CHM 330 , CHM 331 , CHM 332 , CHM 333 , CHM 450 and CHM 452 ; or CHM 350 .
- Psychology. PSY 100 , PSY 315 .
- Sociology. SOC 100 .
- Mathematics. MTH 120 or placement into MTH 121 .
- Physics. PHY 143 , PHY 145 ; or PHY 243 , PHY 245 .
- Health care. HCR 362 .
- Philosophy. PHL 168 .
Highly recommended courses (chosen in consultation with an advisor):
- Biology. BIO 167 , BIO 168 , BIO 301 , BIO 405 , BIO 406 , BIO 418 , BIO 419 , BIO 425 , BIO 432 , BIO 433 .
- Chemistry. CHM 451 , CHM 453 .
- Psychology. PSY 309 , PSY 313 , PSY 316 , PSY 322 .
Additional coursework needed to complete a degree (chosen in consultation with an advisor):
To complete a Bachelors of Arts (BA) or Bachelors of Science (BS) degree, additional coursework is required. Students should choose one of the concentrations listed below depending upon area of interest and intended specialization. The required courses listed above are common to all pre-medical degree concentrations offered in the College of Arts and Sciences. To view the additional coursework specific to each degree concentration, please see the individual Department’s program listings.
CAS Programs with Pre-Medical Concentrations:
General Biology-Pre-medicine concentration (BS)
Molecular Biology-Pre-medical concentration (BS)
Human Biology-Pre-medical concentration (BA)
Biochemistry-Pre-medical concentration (BS)
Chemistry-Pre-medical concentration (BA)
Research Psychology-Pre-medicine concentration (BS)
SHPS Program with a Pre-Medical Concentration:
Health Sciences-General Health Sciences concentration (BS)