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Academic Programs


What major should I choose?

Beyond the customary Biology or Chemistry majors, the pre-med student has several choices in undergraduate majors (depending on the type of medicine and where you want to practice). Because SAU is rooted in social justice, you might decide to deliver healthcare to underserved populations and major in SociologyPhilosophy, or Political Science. Bear in mind that additional biology, chemistry, physics, and math courses would be necessary additions to your plan of study if you choose a non-science major.

If you'd like to specialize in sports medicine, Exercise Science and Human Performance and Fitness both have biology and chemistry classes as part of its degree requirements.

Be sure to discuss your post-graduate plans with your SAU advisor so that you construct a plan of study that satisfies both whatever major you choose plus prepares you for graduate school.

What courses should I take?

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). To enter medical school in the fall semester after graduation, you should take the MCAT no later than the end of summer after your junior year. Complete these additional courses prior to taking the MCAT:

• Biochemistry (CHEM 319)
• Cell & Molecular Biology (BIOL 301)
• One year Human Anatomy & Physiology (BIOL 230, 232)
• Microbiology (BIOL 251) and/or Biodiversity (BIOL 201)
• Genetics (BIOL 303)
• Psychology (PSYC 105)
• Sociology (SOC 101)
• Ethics (PHIL 207 or 310)

Where are SAU pre-med graduates now?

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