Pre-Med Education Course of Study

Home Department: Chemistry and Biochemistry

Pre-Med Coordinator:

Stacy Seeley, Ph.D.
Room 3-103 MC  810-762-9561
chem@kettering.edu

Pre-Med Education Course of Study

A Pre-Med course of study at Kettering is all about options and increasing your opportunities to be successful in the medical field.  Getting a science or engineering undergraduate degree can be taken to the next level with a Pre-Med Course of Study.  This is ideal for students who are considering medical school, a job in the growing biotechnological industry, or continuing their education in graduate school.  A science or engineering degree and the Pre-Med Course of Study can prepare you for a career in the health sciences.

The most common Medical School prerequisites are as follows:

  • One year of General Chemistry: CHEM-135/CHEM-136 or CHEM-137/CHEM-136, and CHEM-237/CHEM-238.
    Students may take General Chemistry I, CHEM-137 and CHEM-136, Principles of Chemistry Lab or CHEM-135/CHEM-136 for their first term of chemistry.  Principles of Chemistry, CHEM-135/CHEM-136 is already part of the typical Engineering curricula.  A second term of General Chemistry must be taken (i.e. CHEM-237/CHEM-238).
  • One year of Organic Chemistry: CHEM-345/CHEM-346CHEM-347/CHEM-348.
    Two terms of Organic Chemistry (i.e. CHEM-345/CHEM-346 and CHEM-347/CHEM-348) must be taken. 
  • One year of Biology: BIOL-141/BIOL-142BIOL-241/BIOL-242.
    Students must take General Biology Lecture + Lab and Human Biology Lecture + Lab.
  • One-half year of Biochemistry: CHEM-351/CHEM-352.
    The two Organic Chemistry and one Biochemistry courses comprise the Biochemistry Minor.  As such, students completing the Premedical Education Course of Study will earn a Biochemistry Minor which will be listed on their transcript.  The Premedical Education Course of Study will not appear on the transcript.
  • One year of Physics: PHYS-114/PHYS-115PHYS-224/PHYS-225
  • Other requirements for most medical schools, such as one year of college math and courses in liberal studies, are already included within all the degree programs.  

Kettering’s Biochemistry program already includes these specific courses required for entrance into most medical schools. Applied Biology students need to only take one additional physics course (PHYS-224/PHYS-225) to complete these typical entrance requirements. Students in any of the other degree programs can obtain the required courses by completing the Biochemistry minor, a year of Physics, and a year of Biology to obtain the most common Medical School prerequisites. Students can typically utilize free or technical electives to take a portion of the credits in the Pre-Med Course of Study.  For a sample curriculum for your degree program that incorporates the pre-med course of study, see your degree program department chair or Dr. Stacy K. Seeley (pre-med coordinator).

While most medical schools do not usually require other courses as prerequisite courses, we also recommend taking other specific courses to help prepare students for the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT).  These include Biochemistry II (CHEM-451), Anatomy & Physiology (BIOL-341), and a Psychology course (offered through Kettering Online).