Our pre-medicine students may enroll in any of the biological sciences options (ecology, molecular biology, microbiology, pre-medicine, or general biology) or in our medical laboratory science (medical technology) program. All students are encouraged to make frequent contact with the health professions coordinator for information on admissions requirements, procedures, and application deadlines.
Pre-Health Professions Advising
At Michigan Tech, in addition to working with your Academic Advisor, you will have the opportunity to work under the guidance of the health professions coordinator who is here to assist you with:
- choosing the professional health career that is right for you;
- navigating the application process and developing a timeline that works best for you;
- understanding all of the requirements for the pre-health professional schools of your choice;
- selecting courses that will help you meet program prerequisites;
- obtaining shadowing and volunteering experiences in the area;
- preparing for other requirements such as entrance exams and well-written personal statements;
- answering any questions you might have about applying to pre-health professional schools!
Minimum Course Requirements for Medical School
All medical schools require that applicants have completed a minimum set of courses before they enroll. Typical course requirements include one year of the following:
- biology with laboratory
- introductory chemistry with laboratory
- organic chemistry with laboratory
- physics with laboratory
- English composition
Schools may also have additional specific course requirements. For example:
- Michigan State University College of Human Medicine requires an additional eight semester hours of humanities and/or social science courses, math through college algebra, and one upper-division biology course;
- Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine requires an additional six semester hours of humanities and/or social science courses;
- The University of Michigan Medical School requires an additional semester of biochemistry and 18 semester hours of humanities and/or social science courses; and
- Wayne State University Medical School has no additional requirements.
Medical School Selection Criteria
The mean grade point average of students entering medical schools in the United States is 3.55 (on a 4.0 scale), with a realistic minimum being 3.30–3.40. In addition to GPA, the medical schools also examine your performance on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), three letters of evaluation from persons who can address your personal qualities as they relate to medicine, and a personal interview. Extracurricular activities are important to show that you are well rounded and are able to work with others.
While not yet a specific requirement for admission, many medical schools expect their applicants to have had significant exposure to clinical medicine through volunteer work at a hospital, nursing home, or other clinical facility. There are many opportunities for getting this exposure in the Houghton area.
About the Program
All students enrolled in the pre-health professions option in the Department of Biological Sciences must complete all of the minimum requirements, plus the biochemistry required by the University of Michigan Medical School. Humanities and social science courses are used to complete Michigan Tech’s requirement of 28 credits of general education electives. Students enrolled in other options in the biological sciences program, the medical laboratory sciences program, or other degree programs should consult with the pre-health professions advisor to determine which additional courses, if any, need to be taken to meet medical school entrance requirements.
The pre-medicine requirements also fulfill the entrance requirements for many other health profession programs (for example: dental school and veterinary medical school) or for graduate programs in the biological sciences. Should your career plans change, you will find yourself well prepared to enter a wide variety of careers in biology.
Michigan Tech's biology core provides you with a strong, diversified curriculum in the biological sciences, and our other degree requirements provide a solid foundation in the physical sciences and mathematics. Also available are elective courses such as hematology, immunology, microbiology, medical bacteriology, virology, human nutrition, parasitology, medical care and women, exercise physiology, cardiopulmonary physiology, and aerospace physiology.
We encourage our pre-health professions students to take elective course work in the humanities, social sciences, and business administration. Popular choices for pre-medicine students are courses in biomedical ethics, the economics of health care, entrepreneurship, sociology of the family, social problems, abnormal psychology, and cognitive psychology. With 14 to 18 credits available for free electives, you are able to explore many area of interest.