Required Program Coursework
Students are required to take two semesters of problem-based Clinical Inquiry (IQ) coursework:
- MGRD 310 - Introduction to Clinical Inquiry I
- MGRD 311 - Introduction to Clinical Inquiry II
In IQ courses, small groups of students will meet and discuss a patient case that was introduced to them in a previous class. Students will be expected to research the case prior to class and come prepared to discuss concepts introduced in the case, both in general and specific to the patient. These courses will help students solidify pre-med coursework into a clinically meaningful knowledge base and enhance basic science knowledge with select bioethics and public health topics. Students will grow personally and professionally by refining teamwork and personal-reflection skills.
Required Medical School Coursework
All students must also complete, or have previously completed, the undergraduate courses in the natural, mathematical and social sciences that are generally required for medical-school consideration.
- BIOC 307 - General Biochemistry
- BIOL 214 - Genes, Evolution and Ecology + BIOL 214L Lab
- BIOL 215 - Cells and Proteins + BIOL 215L Lab or BIOL 216 - Development and Physiology + BIOL 216L Lab
- CHEM 105 - Principles of Chemistry I
- CHEM 106 - Principles of Chemistry II
- CHEM 113 - Principles of Chemistry Lab
- CHEM 223 - Introductory Organic Chemistry
- CHEM 224 - Introductory Organic Chemistry II
- CHEM 233 - Introductory Organic Chemistry Lab I
- CHEM 234 - Introductory Organic Chemistry Lab II
- MATH 125 - Math/Calculus I
- MATH 126 - Math/Calculus II or STAT 201 - Statistics
- PHYS 115 - Introductory Physics + PHYS 115L Lab
- PHYS 116 - Introductory Physics II + PHYS 116L Lab
- PSCL 101 - General Psychology I
- SOCI 101 - Introduction to Sociology
Students may have completed some of these required courses prior to the start of this program and thus the students would be eligible for exemption from taking these course for the certificate. Depending on course grades, students, with approval of the program director, may waive the required courses. Students may also elect to retake these courses for reference and/or to improve their undergraduate GPA.
In consultation with the program director, students will develop the best program of study for their needs. Typically, if a student has already taken the medical-school prerequisites, but needs to improve their overall undergraduate GPA, taking upper level undergraduate courses would show more rigor compared to retaking lower-level courses. With successful grades, a student's undergraduate GPA will also improve.
Students may take additional elective coursework across the university with program director and instructor approval. Although science and math classes will be the primary focus for most students, some students may also seek to take graduate coursework to demonstrate academic rigor. Further, some students may also elect to take other courses based on interests or a desire to improve technical skills (such as writing or language skills).