Pre-Medicine: Biology Major Course Plan

Pre-Medicine: Chemistry Major Course Plan

Pre-Medicine: Non-science Major Course Plan

Pre-Medicine: Physics Major Course Plan

Pre-Medicine: Chemistry Major Course Plan

The course plan below outlines the courses students need to successfully complete prior to taking the MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test). Your faculty advisor will work with you to complete each semester's schedule.

As an IWU student, it is your responsibility to track your progress each semester towards completing graduation requirements using the MyIWU degree evaluation tool.

Year 1

Fall Semester*

Spring Semester

* Due to all of the courses needed to be completed pre-MCAT, Chemistry majors interested in medical school should take foreign language, Applied Analysis I and II, General Psychology, and Introduction to Sociology early.  Most Pre-Med/Chemistry majors should take Calculus I in the spring of year 1 and Calculus II in the fall of year 2.  Exceptionally well-prepared students could consider taking General Chemistry, General Biology, and Applied Analysis I in the fall of year 1.  Students who have scored a 4 or 5 on the Calculus BC exam may consult with the Chemistry Department Chair about having the Applied Analysis requirement waived.
Year 2

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Year 3

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

*Either Physics sequence (101-102 or 105-106) is acceptable; however, in addition, MATH 176 is required for PHYS 105, and MATH 177 is required for PHYS 106.

Year 4

Fall Semester

Spring Semester


Study Abroad

For students interested in studying abroad, the fall semester of the third year is recommended for students who plan to apply to medical school at the end of their junior year and fall semester junior or senior year for students planning to apply in their senior year. It is highly recommended that students consult with Dr. Walker as early as possible if they plan to study abroad.

Additional Information
  • Once enrolled, all students will have a degree evaluation tool available to them on  MyIWU . This will help you determine what courses are required to graduate on time.The courses listed in the template must be completed prior to taking the Medical College Admissions test (MCAT) which is taken in the May/June of junior or senior year.
  • In addition to the courses listed in the template, students must also take a one semester psychology course (PSYC 100), a one semester sociology course (SOC 101), and must have familiarity with basic statistics-thus an introduction to statistics may be required. 
    • PSYC 100 also fulfills the Life Science Issues (LSI) general education requirement.
    • SOC 101 also fulfills the Contemporary Social Institutions (CSI) general education requirement.
    • Any of the following statistics courses would be sufficient - ECON 227, PSYC 227, SOC 227 or BIO 209.
  • The MCAT is taken during the spring of a student's junior or senior year.
    • With the computer version of the MCAT, there are many possible dates. Consult a member of the pre-med advisory committee with any questions.
  • Resources:
    • Premedical/Predental Advisory Committee – The chair of this committee is Dr. Loni Walker.
    • Premed Listserv – Students should be told to subscribe to the premed listserv. The premed committee uses this listserv to disseminate important information throughout the academic year and summer. Students can subscribe to the list through the MyIWU portal.
    • Career Center – The career center has a wealth of information concerning the health professions.