Chapter V: Special Degrees and Pre-Professional
The second half of this chapter describes several
pre-professional courses of study. Pre-professional advising
is available at both the Academic Advising Center and the Office
of Career Planning and Placement.
LS&A students who wish to prepare for a career
in medicine should elect courses that lead to completion of degree
requirements and simultaneously fulfill the pre-medical requirements
of the medical schools of their choice. Pre-medicine is not
a concentration. A balanced and challenging liberal arts education
is strongly recommended as an ideal way to prepare for the professional
study of medicine.
Interested students should view the website and
schedule an appointment with a pre-professional advisor in the
Academic Advising Center and visit the Office of Career Planning
and Placement for information about the medical profession.
Pre-medical course requirements are:
- Chemistry. Usually four
terms: CHEM 130/125, 210/211, 215/216, followed by 230 or 260
and 241/242, is the recommended introductory course sequence.
- Biochemistry. Many medical schools recommend
biochemistry (the University of Michigan Medical School requires
it). Students may select from BIOLOGY 310, BIOLOGY 311, BIOLCHEM
415, or CHEM 451.
- Biology. Two terms, including lab work.
BIOLOGY 162 is the recommended five-credit introductory course.
Students also will want to complete at least one advanced course
in biology or genetics (with lab).
- Physics. Two terms, including lab work.
Students may select PHYSICS 125/127 and 126/128, or PHYSICS
140/141 and 240/241.
- English. Two terms of English are required.
Introductory Composition satisfies one term of this requirement.
- Mathematics. Some medical schools require
a mathematics course (college-level calculus in most cases).
Statistics and psychology are also recommended
The above courses account for approximately one
third of the course work for an A.B., B.S., or B.G.S. degree.
Medical schools require demonstrated proficiency in the sciences,
but it is not necessary to concentrate in the sciences.
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