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Pre-Medicine with a Biology Major

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Where are SAU pre-med Biology graduates now?

Over the past three years, SAU graduates have been accepted to medical programs at the following schools:

  • University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Loyola University
  • University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • Des Moines University
  • Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
  • Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
  • Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Marian University

What courses should I take?

The requirements for medical school include courses within and outside of the requirements of a Biology major.

As a pre-med student, you must excel in rigorous coursework that includes biology, chemistry, physics, and math. All medical programs require:
• One year General Biology + lab (BIOL 199, 200)
• One year General Chemistry + lab (CHEM 105, 106)
• One year Organic Chemistry + lab (CHEM 207, 208, 209, 210)
• One year Physics + lab (PHYS 203, 204)

Individual medical programs may have additional requirements, including Calculus, Social Sciences, Humanities, and/or English Composition.

The entrance exam for medical school is the MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test). In order for you to enter medical school in the fall semester after graduation, you should plan to take the MCAT no later than the end of summer after your junior year. Additional courses that should be completed prior to taking the MCAT are:

• Biochemistry (CHEM 319)
• Cell & Molecular Biology (BIOL 301)
• One year Human Anatomy & Physiology (BIOL 202, 204)
• Microbiology (BIOL 251) and/or Biodiversity (BIOL 201)
• Genetics (BIOL 303)
• Psychology (PSYC 105)
• Sociology (SOC 101)
• Ethics (PHIL 207 or 310)