Pre-Medicine: Physics 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.
- PHYS 105 (lecture and lab) Physics I - Mechanics (PSL)
- MATH 176 Applied Analysis I (FR)
- CHEM 201 (lecture & lab) General Chemistry I (PSL)
- PHYS 207 Physics III - Modern Physics and Thermodynamics
- BIOL 101 (lecture & lab) General Biology I (LSL)
- General Education Course
- General Education Course
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.
- 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, 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. Any of the following stats courses would be sufficient; BUS 270, PSYC 270, SOC 270 or BIO 209.
- PSYC 100 also fulfills the Life Science Issues (LSI) general education requirement.
- SOC 101 also fulfills the Contemporary Social Institutions (CSI) general education requirement.
- 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.
- 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.
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.