What are medical schools looking for?
- Medical schools are looking for strong aptitude in science demonstrated by excelling in the required prerequisite courses and doing well on the MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test)
- Humanistic and leadership qualities such as long term commitment to helping people as demonstrated through community service activities
- Evidence that your decision to become a physician has been tested in reality as demonstrated by experience working with patients, exposure to the patient/doctor relationship through shadowing and self-assessment of how your personal qualities are a good fit for the career of a physician
Choosing a major
Being a pre-med student at IUPUI is a career interest not a major. Pre-Med is a set of prerequites courses in science and social science that prepare you for success on the MCAT and as a medical school student.
Medical schools are looking for well–rounded students with broad academic interests. There is no correct or best major. You should choose your major based on your academic interests while incorporating the pre-med pre-requisites into your degree requirements. Since medical schools are very competitive, your goal is to get the best grades possible in whatever major you choose.
Part of your choice of major should include some parallel planning. Be engaging in parallel planning, you essentially plan for two career goals simultaneously rather than sequentially. This way, you are prepared for either career goal at the end of your degree program should you need to change direction. Parallel planning requires careful preparation to be successful. Please consult with the PREPs office for assistance.
Adding a minor
Adding a minor to your degree program can be a very effective tool used to set yourself apart from other applicants and make your credentials unique. For instance, you may choose a major in Biology, Chemistry or Psychology and a minor in Spanish or Communications. A minor adds to your medical school application by showing you are a well-rounded student.
The following IUPUI courses satisfy the basic medical school admissions requirements and prepare you for the MCAT. It is important that you check with each medical school you are applying to for their specific requirements.
- BIOL-K101 Concepts of Biology I (5 cr.)
- BIOL-K103 Concepts of Biology II (5 cr.)
- BIOL-K384 Biological Chemistry or CHEM-C384 (3 cr.)
- CHEM-C105 / CHEM-C125 Principles of Chemistry I/Lab (3 cr./2cr.)
- CHEM-C106 / CHEM-C126 Principles of Chemistry II/Lab (3 cr./2cr.)
- CHEM-C341 / CHEM-C343 Organic Chemistry I/Lab (3 cr./2 cr.)
- CHEM-C342 Organic Chemistry II (3 cr.)
- PHYS-P201 General Physics I (5 cr.)
- PHYS-P202 General Physics II (5 cr.)
- PSY-B110 Intro to Psychology (3 cr.)
- SOC-R100 Intro to Sociology or ANTH-A104 Cultural Anthropology (3 cr.)
- ENG-W131 English (3 cr.)
IMPORTANT NOTE: Some courses may substitute for the above however, please consult with an advisor in the PREPs office before making any changes to these classes.
Download a Pre-med Timeline.