Elective Courses

Make career planning part of your academic journey

Take a PREPs elective course and get academic credit for your career planning efforts!

We offer a variety of classes focusing on career planning strategies, major-specific opportunities, and professional overviews.

You can also get credit for your internships and job shadowing projects.

SCI-I 197 Exploring Health Professions

Course Details: 1 credit, Graded

Course Description: Exploring Health Professions is designed to help students gain a wider and deeper understanding of the variety of health professions and how to most effectively prepare for entry into the professions. Guest speakers, readings, and class discussions provide opportunities for students to explore a variety of health fields, network with current health professionals, reflect on their interests and values. This course is ideal for freshmen and sophomore students wanting to learn more about career opportunities in healthcare.

SCI-I 294 Beginning Science-Based Internship

Course Details: 0-6 credits, Graded, Department Permissions Required

Course Description: Students complete a beginning internship experience in an industrial, government, or business setting matching student’s academic or career objective. This course requires permission; students must secure an internship and complete a proposal process prior to enrollment. 

SCI-I 296 Career Planning & Success Strategies

Course Details: 1 credit, Graded

Course Description: Students explore personal values, interests, and abilities. We will explore strategies for finding the ideal career path, the value of internships, and tactics to identifying and securing internship and job opportunities. This course is ideal for freshman and sophomores interested in strengthening professional job search skills and those interested in applying for the LHSI program.

SCI-I 297 Health Professions Shadowing

Course Details: 1 credit

Course Description: The Health Professions Shadowing course exposes students to the medical field through shadowing and being mentored by a health care professional. Students gain hands on experience, basic health care knowledge, and insights into the careers of healthcare professionals. This course requires permission; students must have a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA and complete a course appliation. Interested students should email the instructor at jsperan@iu.edu begin the process.

SCI-I 397 Pre-Professional Planning Seminar

Course Details: 1 credit

Course Description: This course will help students prepare to apply for professional schools (medicine, dentistry, physician assistant, pharmacy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, optometry, and veterinary medicine). Topics covered will include: school selection; application overview; personal statement development; requesting letters of recommendation; interviewing; financing professional school; professionalism; and parallel planning. This course is ideal for juniors or seniors planning to apply in the 2021–2022 cycle.

SCI-I 398 Medical School Preparation

Course Details: 1 credit, Satisfactory/Fail, Department Permission Required, SPECIAL COURSE FEE APPLIES

Course Description: The course will prepare students for the medical school application process, including the MCAT and the application process. The application portion of the course will cover the AMCAS/AACOMAS application overview, developing and editing a personal statement, identifying and soliciting letters of recommendation, constructing experience descriptions, and interviewing. The MCAT preparation portion will focus on the four main areas of the MCAT, which include: Critical Analysis and Reasoning, Chemistry and Physics, Biology and Biochemistry, and Psychology and Sociology. MCAT preparation is delivered by Kaplan. This course requires permission; students must have a 3.0 cumulative and science (BCPM) GPA, have completed at least 75% of medical school preprequisites, and complete a course application. Interested students should email the instructor at jsperan@iu.edu begin the process.

SCI-I 494 Internship in Science-Based Fields

Course Details: 0-6 credits, Graded, Department Permissions Required

Course Description: Students complete a semester internship experience in an industrial, government, or business setting matching student’s academic or career objective. This course requires permission; students must secure an internship and complete a proposal process prior to enrollment. Interested students should email the instructor at alexmede@indiana.edu to begin the process.