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PreMedicine Programs: Minor in PreMed Studies

Purpose

Students may enroll in a traditional premedical studies program that offers course preparation needed to apply to and succeed in medical school. This flexible program frees students to pursue any degree program offered at IIT while completing the specialized premedical coursework. Students are assigned a premedical adviser to help them structure a course of study to meet medical school admission requirements.

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.

To achieve a minimum level of understanding in these disciplines, ALL students pursuing a minor in premedicine must take the following courses as part of (or in addition to) their major program of study. Students who complete these courses will earn a Premedical Studies Minor upon graduation.

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

Required Courses

Discipline
Title
Credits
BIOLOGY
BIOL 107 General Biology Lectures 3 Credits
BIOL 109 General Biology Laboratory 1 Credit
BIOL 115 Human Biology 3 Credits
BIOL 117 Human Biology Laboratory 1 Credit
BIOL 401 Introductory Biochemistry 3 Credits
BIOL 402 Metabolic Biochemistry 3 Credits
BIOL 445 Cell Biology 3 Credits
     
CHEMISTRY
CHEM 124 Principles of Chemistry I* 4 Credits
CHEM 125 Principles of Chemistry II* 4 Credits
CHEM 237 Organic Chemistry I* 4 Credits
CHEM 239 Organic Chemistry II 3 Credits
CHEM 240 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2 Credits
     
PHYSICS
PHYS 123 Mechanics* 4 Credits
PHYS 221 Electromagnetism & Optics* 4 Credits
     
MATH
MATH 151 Calculus I 5 Credits
MATH 152 Calculus II 5 Credits
MATH 251 Multivariate and Vector Calculus 4 Credits

*Contains a laboratory component.

Recommended Courses

Discipline
Title
Credits
ANATOMY
BIOL 305 Human Anatomy 3 Credits
     
PHYSIOLOGY
BIOL 430 Animal Physiology 3 Credits
     
MICROBIOLOGY
BIOL 210 Microbiology Lectures 3 Credits
     
GENETICS
BIOL 214 Genetics and Genetic Technology 3 Credits
     
ENGLISH
COM 421 Technical Writing 3 Credits

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 the Honors Medical Society - IIT Chapter
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 Honors Medical Society
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 no later than July 1.
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
Contact Cathie D’Amico, program coordinator/director of PreMedical Office, or Todd Kersh, Administrative Assistant (BCPS) 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