Pre-med student in School of Science, IUPUI“While at IUPUI, I worked at the IU School of Medicine in the Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics and was a Life Health Sciences intern at the Bowen Research Center in the IU Department of Family Medicine. I had the chance to learn alongside epidemiologists and graduate students in public health and also to shadow family practice physicians working in downtown Indianapolis.” ~Rachel Rehlander

At the School of Science at IUPUI, students seeking professional careers in medicine are exposed to opportunities that no other school in the state of Indiana can offer.


Through comprehensive coursework, hands-on experience in the classroom and labs, one-on-one guidance from professors, and research and leadership opportunities in the School, five surrounding hospitals, the IU School of Medicine and the IU School of Dentistry, graduates of the School of Science are well  prepared for medical school and beyond!

Research, internship and leadership opportunities

One of the biggest benefits to studying science at IUPUI is the accessibility of our world-class professors, and the ability to participate in research and internships.

The School of Science at IUPUI offers various programs for students to become involved with both research and other leadership opportunities throughout their undergraduate experience. One of those programs is the Life Health Sciences Internship. This one-year program through IU Med School provides students the opportunity to participate in both clinical and scientific research opportunities throughout IUPUI's campus and the surrounding hospitals and labs.

Learn more:  Internship Opportunities | Research Opportunities



What is Pre-Med?

Like most universities, IUPUI does not offer a pre-medical major. Few colleges in the United States offer these majors  because medical schools do not require students to complete specific majors. However, many majors in the School of Science at IUPUI provide students with excellent undergraduate preparation for medical school.

The road to a career in medicine can be long. As a pre-med student at School of Science, you will be well on your way to following the educational path leading you to medical school and a career in a variety of fields within the industry. Through your pre-medicine studies, you will determine whether you’re more interested in research, medicine or clinical care.

Academics & Prerequisites

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.

Parallel planning

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.

Prerequisite courses for the IU School of Medicine

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.

  1. BIOL-K101 Concepts of Biology I (5 cr.)
  2. BIOL-K103 Concepts of Biology II (5 cr.)
  3. BIOL-K384 Biological Chemistry or CHEM-C384 (3 cr.)
  4. CHEM-C105 / CHEM-C125 Principles of Chemistry I/Lab (3 cr./2cr.)
  5. CHEM-C106 / CHEM-C126 Principles of Chemistry II/Lab (3 cr./2cr.)
  6. CHEM-C341 / CHEM-C343 Organic Chemistry I/Lab (3 cr./2 cr.)
  7. CHEM-C342 Organic Chemistry II (3 cr.)
  8. PHYS-P201 General Physics I (5 cr.)
  9. PHYS-P202 General Physics II (5 cr.)
  10. PSY-B110 Intro to Psychology (3 cr.)
  11. SOC-R100 Intro to Sociology or ANTH-A104 Cultural Anthropology (3 cr.)
  12. 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.

Choosing an Undergraduate Major

Students planning to apply to medical school must first choose a degree program in addition to taking courses that fulfill the admission requirements for their chosen medical school.

Why choose to major in science?

Medical schools do not require students to complete specific majors during their undergraduate years of schooling. However, there are specific pre-requisites that should be completed in order to be admitted into a professional school and many benefits to selecting a science major as you pursue success in the field, including:

  • Pre-requisites for many medical schools often favor and lean heavily toward science majors. 
  • By studying science at IUPUI, students have opportunities to work, learn and participate in internships and research in the School of Science as well as the IU Medical School right on campus and surrounding hospitals.
  • Many science undergraduate degrees are marketable to future employers even if the student chooses not to pursue professional schooling.

IUPUI also offers the Baccalaureate-MD Honors Professional Admissions Program (see below), which provides a pathway to the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program in the Indiana University School of Medicine.

Continuing Students

Students holding non-science bachelor degrees who are electing courses in the School of Science to prepare for medical school are also invited to use the health professions advising service for help with the admission process. Visit PREPs for expert guidance on majors,medical school admission requirements, and research, internship and other co-curricular opportunities that will help guide students to the best medical schools. Planning for extra curricular activities, timing for the MCAT, and the admission process cannot begin too early.

Additionally, the pre-professional non-thesis biology masters program is designed to help you improve your chances at entry into professional programs by improving your qualifications and experience.

Graduate Certificate in Public Health

The Fairbanks School of Public Health Graduate Certificate is a 15-credit-hour program of study through the Fairbanks School of Public Heath. All public health courses require authorization before registering.

Please call 317-278-0337 to obtain authorization. Students who have been awarded a Graduate Certificate in Public Health have two years to apply their credits toward the MPH degree.

The 15 credit Graduate Certificate in Public Health consists of coursework in the five core areas of public health.

  • E517: Fundamentals of Epidemiology (3cr)
  • A519: Environmental Science in Public Health (3cr)
  • S500: Social and Behavioral Science in Public Health (3cr)
  • H501: U.S. Health Care Systems and Health Policy (3cr)
  • B551: Biostatistics for Public Health I (3cr)

Advising + Resources

Visit the Science PREPs Office for expert guidance on majors, professional school admissions, and research, internships and other co-curricular opportunities that will help guide you to the best professional schools.