University of Michigan-Flint Premedical Studies
recommended undergraduate coursework
While no prescriptive program of study is guaranteed or required for successful candidacy into medical school, we have prepared a series of strong recommendations to complement your major and minor programs. All of these have been selected specifically to functionally align with medical school expectations.
While we list some recommended courses, recommendations are generalized. It is therefore imperative that you speak with one of our faculty or academic advisors prior to registering for coursework.
Modern medicine is rooted in biology, chemistry, and physics, all serviced by the scientific method. In this way, your premedical study should leverage these topics, and it is expected that you master these subjects prior to medical school matriculation. That said, medical schools are looking not only for a high science GPA, but also a program of study with breadth and depth. To this end, you should consider taking introductory courses and then follow up with higher-level courses.
We have based some of the following recommendations upon the articulation agreement between the University of Michigan-Flint and the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University.
|BIO||113||Principles of Biology|
|CHM||260||Principles of Chemistry|
|CHM||261||General Chemistry Lab|
|CHM||262||Principles of Chemistry II|
|CHM||263||Introductory Quantitative Analysis Laboratory|
|CHM||265||Introductory Quantitative Analysis Laboratory Honors|
|CHM||330||Organic Chemistry I|
|CHM||331||Organic Chemistry Laboratory I|
|CHM||332||Organic Chemistry II|
|CHM||333||Organic Chemistry Laboratory II|
|CHM||350||Fundamentals of Biochemistry|
Recent UM-Flint graduates attending medical school suggest “the more biochemistry you can get, the better.” Accordingly, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UM-Flint offers several courses for your review. We recommend two semesters of biochemistry. Some medical schools now require at least one semester of biochemistry. If you can not fit the two-semester sequence into your schedule, you can opt to take our one-semester survey course of biochemistry.
|ENG||112||Critical Writing and Reading|
|Some medical schools recommend a year of calculus.|
|PHY||143||College Physics I|
|PHY||145||College Physics II|
|Recently, some of our first year medical school alumni mentioned that the course in physics was useful to them.|
|ADDITIONAL COURSES WORTH CONSIDERING|
|BIO||167||Human Anatomy and Physiology I|
|BIO||168||Human Anatomy and Physiology II|
|BIO||407||Human Macroscopic Anatomy|
Recent premed students have remarked that this course was the single most helpful course for the MCAT.
Medical School admission departments generally advise against cadaver courses, since you will have that training later. However, most of our alumni at med school note that the course will make first year med school easier.
|BIO||467||Molecular Biology of Prokaryotes|
|BIO||472||Topics in Medical Genetics|
|CHM||340||Physical Chemistry I
Physical Chemistry will give students a deeper mathematical understanding of thermodynamics, which should enhance understanding of pharmacological and other physiological reactions in the body.
Analytical Chemistry will give the student a deeper understanding of how biological and non-biological samples are analyzed for chemical content.
|COM||210||Introduction to Public Speaking|
|COM||281||Principles of Interpersonal Communication|
|HCR||304||Ethics of Healthcare|
|HCR||362||Cultural Competence in Healthcare|
|PHL||168||Introduction to Bioethics|
|PHL||202||Introduction to Logic|
|PHL||304||Ethics of Healthcare|
|PSY||100||Principles of Psychology|