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    Pre-Medical Course Sequence

    Coursework in Genetics (BIOL 3050) and Cell Biology (BIOL 3060) is recommended. A suggested four-year sequence of Hamline courses for pre-medical students is outlined below. (Note: Pre-medical students planning to major in Chemistry or Biochemistry should take Math 1170 and 1180 in their first year. Otherwise, students should complete Math 1170 sometime during their first or second year.)

     

    First Year

    Fall

    Along with the first-year seminar and one elective course, students should complete:
    BIOL 1800 - Principles of Ecology and Evolution (if intending to major in Biology) 
    CHEM 1130 - General Chemistry I

    Spring

    Along with one elective course, students should complete:
    BIOL 1820 - Principles of Plant and Animal Physiology
    CHEM 1140 - General Chemistry II
    ENG 1110 - Writing and Reading Texts  

    Second Year

    Fall

    Along with one elective course, students should complete:
    CHEM 3450 - Organic Chemistry I
    BIOL 3050 - Principles of Genetics

    Spring

    Along with one elective course, students should complete:
    CHEM 3460 - Organic Chemistry II
    BIOL 3060 - Principles of Cell Biology
    And, one approved statistics course:
    ECON 1330 - Statistics
    MATH 1200 - Applied Modeling and Statistics
    PSY 1340 - Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences  

    Third Year

    Fall

    Along with major and elective courses, students should complete:
    PHYS 1230 - General Physics I
    BIOC 3820 - Biochemistry I 

    Spring

    Along with major and elective courses, students should complete:
    PHYS 1240 General Physics II   

    Fourth Year

    Fall

    Students should complete major and elective courses

    Spring

    Students should complete major and elective courses  

     

    Choice of Major

    Pre-medical students may choose from any of Hamline’s major fields. While many pre-medical students declare a major in biology, chemistry, or biochemistry, Hamline students who combine the required pre-medical coursework with a major in another area (e.g., philosophy or psychology) have been equally successful in gaining admission into medical school.

    Application Procedure

    Ideally, students should complete the pre-medical core of studies by the end of their third year. In the third year, students take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Also at that time, students begin the process of submitting required materials to the Hamline pre-medical committee for their medical school Credential File. Students must select the schools to which they wish to apply, secure 4-5 letters of reference from faculty and others, and compose their personal statement, describing their genuine commitment to the medical profession. Success in gaining entrance to medical school is enhanced by several factors: (1) a high cumulative grade point average; (2) a high MCAT score; (3) indication of personal strengths, social skills, and communication skills; and (4) commitment toward a medical career (as evidenced by participation in medically related extracurricular and volunteer activities).