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PreMedicine Programs: Minor in PreMed Studies

Purpose

The minor in premedical studies is intended for those students who plan to apply to medical school and has been approved by the Premedical Advisory Committee. The minor includes courses that satisfy the pre-requisite coursework of most medical schools, cover the majority of topics on the MCAT and other entrance examinations, and courses designed to increase the competitiveness of a student’s application. 

Premedical Advising

The IIT PreMedical Advisory Committee provides assistance to premedical students. Committee members will monitor your academic progress and provide information about volunteer and research opportunities. The committee will also write letters of recommendation and answer strategic questions about the medical school application process.

Curriculum

All students entering medical school need to have an understanding of the principles of the sciences basic to medicine. In particular, students will need an in-depth background in biology, chemistry and physics—which are all essential to the study and practice of medicine. A firm grasp of the English language is also essential.

Students may complete courses on this list as part of their major, core curriculum, or free electives. Regardless of where each course fits into a student’s curriculum, any student who completes all of these courses (or substitutes approved by the Premedical Advisory Committee) will be credited as having received the Premedical Studies Minor.

Students majoring in biology, molecular biochemistry and biophysics automatically satisfy all premedical studies minor course requirements.

Coursework

Course Number
Title
Credit Hours
BIOLOGY
BIOL 107 General Biology Lectures 3
BIOL 109
-or-
BME 405
General Biology Laboratory
-or-
Physiology Laboratory
1-2
BIOL 115 Human Biology 3
BIOL 117 Human Biology Laboratory 1
BIOL 214 Genetics 3
BIOL 403
-or-
BIOL 401 & 402
Biochemistry Lectures
-or-
Introductory Biochemistry & Metabolic Biochemistry
4-6
BIOL 445*
-or-
BIOL 430
-or-
BME 450
Cell Biology
-or-
Animal Physiology
-or-
Animal Physiology
3
CHEMISTRY
CHEM 124 Principles of Chemistry I 4
CHEM 125 Principles of Chemistry II 4
CHEM 237 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM 239 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 240 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2
MATHEMATICS
MATH 151 Calculus I 5
MATH 152 Calculus II 5
  Statistics (satisfied by MATH 425, MATH 474, MATH 476, MATH 374, CHE 426, PSYC 203, BUS221, or BME433) 3-4
PHYSICS
PHYS 123 General Physics I: Mechanics 4
PHYS 221 General Physics II: Electricity & Magnetism 4
HUMANITIES   
HUM 2XX 200-level Humanities course 3
ETHICS (select one)
PHIL 360 Ethics 3
PHIL 380 Bioethics 3
COMMUNICATION (select one)
COM 301 Introduction to Linguistics 3
COM 308 Structure of Modern English 3
COM 309 History of the English Language 3
COM 421** Technical Communication 3
COM 428** Verbal & Visual Communication 3
COM 435* Intercultural Communication 3
Social & Political Sciences
SSCI 200*
-or-
SSCI 203
Introduction to Sociology
-or-
Engaging Sociology
3
PS 319
-or-
PS 313
-or-
SSCI 385-02
-or-
SSCI 321
Comparative Health Systems
-or-
Comparative Health Policy
-or-
Topics: Global Health
-or-
Social Inequality
3
PSYCHOLOGY
PSYC 221 Human Behavior, Growth, & Learning 3
PSYC 414*
-or-
PSYC 303
-or-
PSYC 310
-or-
PSYC 330

Neural & Biological Bases of Behavior
-or-
Abnormal Psychology
-or-
Social Psychology
-or-
Health Psychology

3

* Indicates the preferred course
** Indicates courses in which students must petition to allow them to count for the core curriculum requirements

TOTAL   77-81

Premedical Studies Planning Guide

The premedical planning guide gives prospective and current premedical students the information and guidance needed to prepare for a career in medicine. The guide features a timeframe and deadlines for academics, volunteer/internship experiences, preparing for and taking the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), obtaining letters of recommendation and applying to medical school.

Fall
Meet premedical advisor to develop a schedule
Join AMSA and/or MEDLIFE IIT chapters
Maintain GPA of 3.5 or above
Winter
Begin volunteer work or research in a medically related field
Identify research opportunities and internships for the summer
Emphasize new reading and verbal skills by reading journals, the newspaper and novels
Spring
Meet with premedical advisor to develop schedule for second year
Review MCAT sample
Identify research or volunteer opportunities and internships for the summer
Maintain a GPA of 3.5 or above
Summer
Conduct research or do volunteer work
   
   
Fall
Purchase MCAT preparation books
Study organic chemistry and target a grade of “A”
Participate in the AMSA and/or MEDLIFE IIT chapters
Maintain a GPA of 3.5 or above
Winter
Continue volunteering
Identify research opportunities and internships for the summer
Review MCAT sample questions
Spring
Meet with premedical advisor to develop schedule for third year
Become better acquainted with professors
Maintain a GPA of 3.5 or above
Summer
Conduct research or do volunteer work
Begin studying for the MCAT
Purchase the MCAT Student Manual from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
   
   
Fall
Continue studying for the MCAT
Maintain a GPA of 3.5 or above
Winter
Continue studying for MCAT and enroll in MCAT prep course
Fill out online application for the MCAT
Take MCAT
Meet with premedical advisor to develop schedule for fourth year
Ask that letters of recommendation be written on your behalf and sent to the IIT Premedical Office beginning in May and no later than November 1; earlier is better.
Work on personal statement for American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS)
Maintain GPA of 3.5 or above
Summer
Apply to medical school by filling out AMCAS application in June or July (Deadline November 15)
Receive MCAT scores
Keep track of your application file through contact with the premed office to make sure that all your letters of recommendation have been received by July 1.
   
   
Fall
Fill out secondary applications for medical schools
Interview at medical schools
Meet with premedical advisor
Maintain GPA of 3.5 or above
Winter
Decide if you need to retake the MCAT
Spring
Meet with chair of the Premedical Advisory Committee for exit interview
Maintain GPA of 3.5 or above
Graduation

ADDRESS INQUIRIES TO:
Incoming/Transfer Students
Office of Admission

101 Perlstein Hall
Chicago, IL 60616
admission@iit.edu
312.567.3025 or 800.448.2329 (outside Chicago)

Current Students
Dr. Kathryn Spink
146C Life Sciences Building
Chicago, Il 60616
spink@iit.edu
312.567.3441