Premedicine/Predentistry

Majors:


Minor:


The Bachelor of Science with a major in premedicine (MED) or predentistry (DEN) is an interdisciplinary curriculum of study. It is distinctively designed to provide a science-based, diverse education as a preparation for admission to any of the health professional schools including medical, dental, physician assistant, optometry, pharmacy, veterinary, and chiropractic. Courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics comprise the science core of the major. A substantial complement of humanities and social sciences courses are also required. Within this framework the curriculum is flexible and can be tailored to suit personal interests. During the first two years, students enroll in courses appropriate for entry into professional schools while they also fulfill basic University requirements.

Admission to professional schools depends upon many factors in addition to the curriculum or major. Academic standing, performance on standardized examinations, practical experience relevant to the profession of interest, and adherence to application procedures are all important. The Premedical Programs Office addresses these factors through a comprehensive approach to pre-health care education.

Along with the administration of the DEN and MED majors, the Premedical Programs office acts as the focal point for all matters related to admission to any allied health care professional school. It is an information clearing house, functions as a liaison with professional schools, and coordinates the application process. The Premedical Programs Office also coordinates a number of internships, health related student organizations, and community based clinical opportunities for students.  Students in any major planning to apply to professional schools are urged to maintain a close relationship with this office.

The University automatically enrolls entering premedical or predental majors into special orientation classes, and identifies them to the Premedical Programs office. Members of the Premedical/Predental Advisory Committee advise these students. However, advising services are available to all preprofessional students regardless of their major. Students in other majors may elect to have committee members serve as their secondary advisors; such students should identify themselves to the Premedical Programs office.

In addition to providing counseling, Premedical Programs offers a seminar series, clinical opportunities, grants for health care related experiences, and scholarships. Since admission to professional schools is highly selective, the program monitors the academic progress of MED/DEN majors, and provides feedback at the end of the first and second year. Transfers to other majors, particularly to science majors, can usually be accommodated during the first two years without affecting normal progress towards graduation.


Premedical/Predental Advisory Committee

Kathleen C. Scheltens, Director
Julie Simon (Mathematics), Assistant Director
Ahoujja (Physics), Burky (Biology), Crecelius (Health and Sport Science), Hansen (Biology), Johnson (Chemistry), Kango-Singh (Biology), Kearns (Biology), Krane (Biology), Lopper (Chemistry), Mammana (Chemistry), Nickell (Biology), Nielsen (Biology), Pitychoutis (Biology), Smith (Physics), Simon (Math), Singh (Biology), S. Swavey (Chemistry), T. Williams (Biology), S. Wright (Biology) 

Bachelor of Science, Predentistry (DEN) minimum 120 hours

Common Academic Program (CAP)
*credit hours will vary depending on courses selected
First-Year Humanities Commons 112
West and the World
Introduction to Religious and Theological Studies
Intro To Philosophy
Writing Seminar I 2
Second-Year Writing Seminar 30-3
Writing Seminar II
Oral Communication3
Principles of Oral Communication
Mathematics3
Social Science3
Social Science Integrated
Arts3
Natural Sciences 47
Crossing Boundariesvariable credit
Faith Traditions
Practical Ethical Action
Inquiry
Integrative
Advanced Studyvariable credit
Philosophy and/or Religious Studies
Historical Studies
Diversity and Social Justice3
Major Capstone0-3
1

Completed with ASI 110 and ASI 120.

2

Or ENG 100A and ENG 100B, or ENG 200H, by placement.

3

Completed with ENG 200H or ASI 120.

4

Must include two different disciplines and accompanying lab.

Major Requirements63
Satisfies CAP Mathematics and CAP Natural Science
BIO 151
151L
Concepts of Biology I: Cellular & Molecular Biology
and Concepts of Biology Laboratory I: Cellular & Molecular Biology
4
BIO 152
152L
Concepts of Biology II: Evolution & Ecology
and Concepts of Biology Laboratory II: Evolution & Ecology
4
CHM 123
123L
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Laboratory
4
CHM 124
124L
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Laboratory
4
CHM 313
313L
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
4
CHM 314
314L
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
4
CHM 420Biochemistry3
CHM 462LBiochemistry Laboratory1
MTH 148
MTH 149
Introductory Calculus I
and Introductory Calculus II
6
or MTH 168
MTH 169
Analytic Geometry & Calculus I
and Analytic Geometry & Calculus II
PHY 201
PHY 202
College Physics I
and General Physics 2
6
or PHY 206
PHY 207
PHY 208
General Physics I - Mechanics
and General Physics II - Electricity & Magnetism
and General Physics II I- Thermodynamics, Waves, and Fluids
PHY 201LCollege Physics Laboratory I 21
PHY 202LGeneral Physics Laboratory1
MED 480Pre-Medicine Capstone (Satisfies CAP Major Capstone)1
Select one course from:3
Introduction to Statistics
Statistical Methods I
Elementary Statistics
Select five science courses, two with accompanying laboratories, from: 317
Comparative Anatomy of the Vertebrates
and Comparative Anatomy Laboratory
General Genetics
and Genetics Laboratory
Physiology I
and Physiology Laboratory I
Physiology II
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Laboratory
Neurobiology
Immunology
Analysis & Interpretation of Biological Data
Cell Biology
and Cell Biology Laboratory
Developmental Biology
and Developmental Biology Laboratory
Evolution & Development
Introduction to Bioinformatics
Molecular Biology
Biology of Infectious Disease
Cancer Biology
Human Anatomy
and Human Anatomy Laboratory
Principles of Microscopy
and Principles of Microscopy Laboratory
Quantitative Analysis
and Quantitative Analysis Laboratory
Physical Chemistry
Medicinal Chemistry
General Biochemistry I
General Biochemistry II
Breadth
ASI 150Introduction to the University Experience1
Electives 4, 510
ENG Elective 63
Select one course from: (Satisfies CAP Practival Ethical Action and Adv Studies in PHL or REL)3
Ethics
Medical Ethics
Christian Ethics & the Environment
Christian Ethics & Health Care Issues
Social and Behavioral Sciences (Includes CAP Social Science)12
Total Hours to total at least120
1

Well qualified students are advised to take MTH 168-MTH 169.

2

Well qualified students are strongly advised to take PHY 206-PHY 207-PHY 208 lecture sequence with PHY 201L and PHY 202L.

3

The elective courses must be directly related to the primary field of interest.

4

Only general elective courses can be taken under Grading Option Two.

5

Courses in graphic design, studio art, or performing arts are recommended.

6

Select from any 300 or 400 level ENG course.

Bachelor of Science, Premedicine (MED) minimum 120 hours

Common Academic Program (CAP)
*credit hours will vary depending on courses selected
First-Year Humanities Commons 112
West and the World
Introduction to Religious and Theological Studies
Intro To Philosophy
Writing Seminar I 2
Second-Year Writing Seminar 30-3
Writing Seminar II
Oral Communication3
Principles of Oral Communication
Mathematics3
Social Science3
Social Science Integrated
Arts3
Natural Sciences 47
Crossing Boundariesvariable credit
Faith Traditions
Practical Ethical Action
Inquiry
Integrative
Advanced Studyvariable credit
Philosophy and/or Religious Studies
Historical Studies
Diversity and Social Justice3
Major Capstone0-3
1

Completed with ASI 110 and ASI 120.

2

Or ENG 100A and ENG 100B, or ENG 200H, by placement.

3

Completed with ENG 200H or ASI 120.

4

Must include two different disciplines and accompanying lab.

Major Requirements63
Satisfies CAP Mathematics and Natural Science
BIO 151
151L
Concepts of Biology I: Cellular & Molecular Biology
and Concepts of Biology Laboratory I: Cellular & Molecular Biology
4
BIO 152
152L
Concepts of Biology II: Evolution & Ecology
and Concepts of Biology Laboratory II: Evolution & Ecology
4
CHM 123
123L
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Laboratory
4
CHM 124
124L
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Laboratory
4
CHM 313
313L
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
4
CHM 314
314L
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
4
CHM 420Biochemistry3
CHM 462LBiochemistry Laboratory1
MTH 148
MTH 149
Introductory Calculus I
and Introductory Calculus II
6
or MTH 168
MTH 169
Analytic Geometry & Calculus I
and Analytic Geometry & Calculus II
PHY 201
PHY 202
College Physics I
and General Physics 2
6
or PHY 206
PHY 207
PHY 208
General Physics I - Mechanics
and General Physics II - Electricity & Magnetism
and General Physics II I- Thermodynamics, Waves, and Fluids
PHY 201LCollege Physics Laboratory I 21
PHY 202LGeneral Physics Laboratory1
MED 480Pre-Medicine Capstone (Satisfies CAP Major Capstone)1
Select one course from:3
Introduction to Statistics
Statistical Methods I
Elementary Statistics
Select five science courses, two with accompanying laboratories, from: 317
Comparative Anatomy of the Vertebrates
and Comparative Anatomy Laboratory
General Genetics
and Genetics Laboratory
Physiology I
and Physiology Laboratory I
Physiology II
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Laboratory
Neurobiology
Immunology
Analysis & Interpretation of Biological Data
Cell Biology
and Cell Biology Laboratory
Developmental Biology
and Developmental Biology Laboratory
Evolution & Development
Introduction to Bioinformatics
Molecular Biology
Biology of Infectious Disease
Cancer Biology
Human Anatomy
and Human Anatomy Laboratory
Principles of Microscopy
and Principles of Microscopy Laboratory
Quantitative Analysis
and Quantitative Analysis Laboratory
Physical Chemistry
Medicinal Chemistry
General Biochemistry I
General Biochemistry II
Breadth
ASI 150Introduction to the University Experience1
Electives 410
ENG Elective 53
Select one course from: (Satisfies CAP Practical Ethical Action and Adv Studies in PHL or REL)3
Ethics
Medical Ethics
Christian Ethics & the Environment
Christian Ethics & Health Care Issues
Social and Behavioral Sciences (Includes CAP Social Science)12
Total Hours to total at least120
1

Well qualified students are advised to take MTH 168-MTH 169.

2

Well qualified students are strongly advised to take PHY 206-PHY 207-PHY 208 lecture sequence with PHY 201L and PHY 202L.

3

The elective courses must be directly related to the primary field of interest.

4

Only general elective courses can be taken under Grading Option Two.

5

Select from any 300 or 400 level ENG course.

Minor in Medical Humanities (MHM)

Select 5 courses from: 115
Medical Anthropology
Health Communication
Health Literacy and Social Justice
Writing in the Health Professions
Medical Ethics
Health Psychology
Christian Ethics & Health Care Issues
Perspectives on Aging
Death, Dying and Suicide
Anatomy Drawing for Non-Majors
1

Additional courses may be approved by the Program Director.

Bachelor of Science, Predentistry

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ASI 1501BIO 152
152L
4
BIO 151
151L (CAP Natural Science w/lab)
4CHM 124
124L
4
CHM 123
123L
4MTH 1493
MTH 148 (Satisfies CAP Mathematics)3REL 103 or PHL 103 (CAP Humanities Commons)3
ENG 100 (CAP Humanities Commons)3REL 103 or PHL 103 (CAP Humanities Commons)3
HST 103 (CAP Humanities Commons)3 
 18 17
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CHM 313
313L
4CHM 314
314L
4
PHY 201
201L (CAP Natural Science w/lab)
4PHY 202
202L
4
ENG 200 (CAP Writing Seminar)3CMM 100 (CAP Communication)3
SSC 200 (CAP Social Science)3Social Science - elective3
 14 14
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CHM 4203MED 480 (CAP Capstone)1
CHM 462L1Science elective3
MTH 207, 367, or PSY 2163Science elective3
Science elective3CAP Arts3
CAP Inquiry / Social Science3CAP Practical Ethical Action3
English elective3Social Science - elective3
 16 16
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Science elective w/lab4Science elective with lab4
CAP Faith Traditions3CAP Integrative3
CAP Advanced Historical Studies3CAP Advanced Philosophy/Religious Studies3
CAP Advanced Philosophy/Religious Studies3CAP Diversity and Social Justice3
General elective1General elective1
 14 14
Total credit hours: 123

Bachelor of Science, Premedicine

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ASI 1501BIO 152
152L
4
BIO 151
151L (CAP Natural Science w/lab)
4CHM 124
124L
4
CHM 123
123L
4MTH 1493
MTH 148 (Satisfies CAP Mathematics)3REL 103 or PHL 103 (CAP Humanities Commons)3
ENG 100 (CAP Humanities Commons)3REL 103 or PHL 103 (CAP Humanities Commons)3
HST 103 (CAP Humanities Commons)3 
 18 17
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CHM 313
313L
4CHM 314
314L
4
PHY 201
201L (CAP Natural Science w/lab)
4PHY 202
202L
4
ENG 200 (CAP Writing Seminar)3CMM 100 (CAP Communication)3
SSC 200 (CAP Social Science)3Social Science - elective3
 14 14
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CHM 4203MED 480 (CAP Capstone)1
CHM 462L1Social Science - elective3
MTH 207, 367, or PSY 2163Science elective3
Science elective3Science elective3
CAP Inquiry / Social Science3CAP Arts3
English elective3CAP Practical Ethical Action3
 16 16
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Science elective w/lab4Science elective with lab4
CAP Faith Traditions3CAP Integrative3
CAP Advanced Historical Studies3CAP Advanced Philosophy/Religious Studies3
CAP Advanced Philosophy/Religious Studies3CAP Diversity and Social Justice3
General elective1General elective1
 14 14
Total credit hours: 123

Courses

MED 477. Honors Thesis Project. 3 Hours

First of two courses leading to the selection, design, investigation, and completion of an independent, original Honors Thesis project under the guidance of a faculty research advisor. Restricted to students in the University Honors Program with permission of the program director and department chairperson. Students pursuing an interdisciplinary thesis topic may register for three semester hours each in two separate disciplines in consultation with the department chairpersons. Prerequisite(s): Approval of University Honors Program.

MED 478. Honors Thesis Project. 3 Hours

Second of two courses leading to the selection, design, investigation, and completion of an independent, original Honors Thesis project under the guidance of a faculty research advisor. Restricted to students in the University Honors Program with permission of the program director and department chairperson. Students pursuing an interdisciplinary thesis topic may register for three semester hours each in two separate disciplines in consultation with the department chairpersons. Prerequisite(s): Approved 477; approval of University Honors Program.

MED 480. Pre-Medicine Capstone. 1 Hour

Seminar focuses on reflection and analysis of a clinical experience such as international medical brigade, Reach Out community medicine experience or Good Neighbor House dental experience (or other experience pre-approved by program director.) Course is offered in Spring semester. Junior or Senior status. MED or DEN Major. Completion of one of the following: international medical brigade and UDI 339; Reach Out community medicine experience and UDI 270; or Good Neighbor House dental experience and UDI 276 (or other experience pre-approved by program director) .