Pre-Medical

Undergraduate Minor

www.uis.edu/premed/
Email: premed@uis.edu
Office Phone: (217) 206-6589
Office Location: HSB 314

Goals and Objectives

This minor is only open to students who are NOT majoring in chemistry, biology, or clinical lab science. Students in those majors should consult the pre-medical concentrations for those majors.

The goal of the pre-medical minor curriculum offered by the Natural Sciences Division is to prepare undergraduate students for professional program in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, ophthalmology, veterinary medicine and other careers in the health-sciences. Students who want to pursue a career in a medicine must specially prepare themselves for admission to a graduate program in their area of interest. To pursue this goal they do not need to pursue a science oriented degree. However they must develop a strong background in science and math. The purpose of this minor is to provide the minimum background that a non-science major must have to complete a successful application to medical, pharmacy, veterinary, and dental school as well as professional programs in other health sciences.

Pre-Medical Minor

Admission Requirements

There are no special admission requirements for the undergraduate Pre-Medical minor beyond those required for admission to UIS.

Advising

Students are expected to meet with a pre-professional health science advisor before beginning the minor. At that meeting, the student and advisor will prepare a course plan to ensure that all requirements will be met. Advising will also help students focus their career goals, identify admissions requirements to post-graduate programs that are not satisfied by the pre-med minor and navigating the process of applying to post-graduate health science programs.

Grading Policy

There is no minimum GPA requirement for this minor. However most post-graduate professional health science programs have stringent minimum GPA requirements that students must meet in order to earn admission.

To earn a Pre-Medical minor, students must complete 36 credit hours. Students are expected to meet with a preprofessional health sciences advisor before beginning the minor.

Required Courses
ASP 201University Physics I4
ASP 202University Physics II4
BIO 141Unity of Living Organisms4
BIO 241Biology of Organisms in the Environment4
CHE 141General Chemistry I4
CHE 142General Chemistry II4
CHE 267Organic Chemistry I3
CHE 268Organic Chemistry I Laboratory1
CHE 269Organic Chemistry II3
CHE 271Organic Chemistry II Lab1
MAT 115Calculus I4
Total Hours36

Students are permitted to count any of the required courses for the minor simultaneously for any other graduation requirement. For example a student may use BIO 141 and CHE 141 to satisfy their lower-division general education science requirement. Or MAT 115 could be used for a general education math requirement or toward a requirement in the student’s major, in addition to counting toward the Pre-Medical minor.

Any course that meets the Illinois Articulation Initiative standards for the above courses may be transferred to count for this minor; however, a minimum of 12 credit hours in this minor must be completed at UIS. Students should also be aware that some of the most selective post-graduate programs require their applicants to take these courses at accredited four-year colleges or universities.

The courses in this minor represent the intersection of the minimum requirements for admission to most medical schools. Individual professional schools may have additional requirements that are not met by this minor. Students are advised to take courses beyond the minor requirements to prepare for entrance exams such as the MCAT and DCAT. It is critical that students pursuing a Pre-Medical minor regularly meet with their advisor to help ensure that in addition to completing the minor, they are informed about additional courses that are recommended to prepare them for admission to the post-graduate professional health science program of their choice.