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Undergraduate Catalog

Pre-Professional Programs

Advisor: Dr. Ryan Winburn, Dr. Mikhail Bobylev, and Dr. Heidi Super

Pre-med is not a major, it is a program of study which prepares a student to apply to medical school. Although some medical schools require only three years of undergraduate work, the majority prefer that the entering student have a bachelorís degree. The University of North Dakota (UND) Medical School (and most others) does not care what kind of academic major a prospective student is pursuing, as long as a particular core of coursework is achieved. Prospective university medical students are strongly urged to declare a major area of study and to pursue a degree program at the baccalaureate level. The philosophy of education, required pre-medicine courses, and systems of training vary among the medical schools. All recognize the desirability of a broad education, a good foundation in the natural sciences (mathematics, chemistry, biology, physics), highly developed communication skills, and a solid background in the social sciences and humanities. At the UND School of Medicine the required minimum of university coursework includes:

Other medical schools have similar requirements but their catalogs should be consulted. It is recommended that pre-med students at Minot State take more than the minimum requirements. Serious students should, in addition, consider courses such as:

Pre-med students are also encouraged to take part in an undergraduate research project while at MSU. High school students wishing to follow a pre-med track as an undergraduate should take at least one year each of biology, chemistry, and physics, and two or more years of math while in high school in order to be prepared for college coursework.

Non-degree advising: Pre-Medicine
CHEM 121/121L General Chemistry I (GE6)          5 cr
CHEM 122/122L General Chemistry II (GE6)         5 cr
ENGL 110 College Composition I (GE1)             3 cr
ENGL 120 College Composition II (GE1)            3 cr
MATH 103 College Algebra (GE5)                   4 cr
BIOL 150 General Biology I: Introduction to
  Cellular Biology                               4 cr
                                                24 cr

CHEM 341 Organic Chemistry I                     5 cr
CHEM 342 Organic Chemistry II                    5 cr
COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (GE1)   3 cr
BIOL 142 General Microbiology                    4 cr
BIOL 215 Genetics                                4 cr
PSY 111 Introduction to Psychology               3 cr
                                                24 cr

PHYS 203 General Physics I                       4 cr
PHYS 204 General Physics II                      4 cr
CHEM 481 Biochemistry I                          3 cr
MATH 240 Applied Statistics                      4 cr
BIOL 220 Anatomy & Physiology I                  4 cr
BIOL 440 Pre-Medical Practicum                   3 cr
                                                22 cr

This is a non-degree program. General Education categories are shown for appropriate courses for information only. There is no requirement that these students complete the MSU General Education requirements, nor is there any requirement that they earn 120 cr.