Pre-Health Programs

Pre-Medicine Program

Pediatric intensive care physician Bob Spear '77 describes his career path

More than 80 percent of our pre-medicine graduates are admitted to medical school on their first try, compared to just 50 percent nationally for all majors.


At Illinois Wesleyan, pre-medicine students receive the strongest science preparation possible.

As at most universities, students at Illinois Wesleyan University do not major in pre-medicine. Instead, students will major in their primary field of interest, while also working to complete the courses required by the pre-medicine program.

Pre-Medicine at Illinois Wesleyan — Our Advantages

As a result, we have had great success in placing many of our students into a large variety of medical schools

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Courses Required for Pre-Medicine:

  • General Biology
  • General Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • General Physics

Additional Courses Recommended:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Histology
  • Microbiology
  • Topics in Cell Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Electricity, Magnetism and Optics
  • Microbiology
  • Experimental Zoology
  • Molecular Genetics
  • The Microbial World
  • Biostatistics and Experimental Design
  • Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Neurophysiology
  • Calculus


Michele Darnell, Biology and Pre-Health Career Advisor
(309) 556-3060

Your Educational Future

A sampling of the medical schools admitting our recent graduates includes:

Pre-Medicine: Biochemistry Major Course Plan

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: Biology 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

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.


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.

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