Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies

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About the Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies Major

Pre-medicine, also referred to as pre-med, is a pre-professional track that prepares undergraduate students for medical school. If you have a goal of becoming a physician or surgeon, pre-medicine is the first of several stages. The track typically consists of science coursework, volunteer activities, clinical experience, and research. Regardless of their undergraduate major, pre-med students complete the same sequence of courses required for medical school application. While a majority of pre-med students major in biology or chemistry, other students choose to major in areas outside the science realm, such as sociology, anthropology, or philosophy. 

The track provides you with academic support and guidance, as you prepare to take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). Competition for medical school is high, so it is important to review the requirements of your prospective medical schools to ensure you qualify.

Expect to take challenging coursework in the sciences, including biology, general and organic chemistry, and physics. Many pre-med undergraduate programs allow students to gain clinical and observation experience at local hospitals, private practice clinics, rehabilitation centers, and geriatric care facilities. In addition to a strong foundation in science, medical schools give consideration to students with a broad, well-rounded liberal arts education.

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