Mar 02, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Pre-Medicine Minor

Katie Fisher and Sharon Babcock, Co-coordinators
: (540) 568-6652

Declaring Pre-Medicine (Admission Standards)

Incoming first year and transfer students can declare pre-medicine without verification from PPH Advising. Current students can request to declare the pre-medicine minor through MyMadison but will need approval for the request to be granted. If the student has completed fewer than 13 hours of biology, chemistry, physics and math (BCPM) credits, the request will be granted after verification of course work. If the student has completed 13 hours or more BCPM credits, the request will be granted if the cumulative GPA is 3.00 or greater and the BCPM GPA is 3.00 or greater.

Access to Pre-Medicine Advising (Progression Standards)

Once students have completed 13 hours of biology, chemistry, physics and math (BCPM) coursework, they become subject to twice yearly review of their academic progress. Performance queries will be conducted after summer and fall semester grades are posted. If the review indicates successful progress (meeting the standards of a 3.00 cumulative GPA and 3.00 BCPM GPA), they will be invited to formal advising activities. Topics include learning about different medical schools and discussing fulfillment of non-academic requirements and recommendations (shadowing, volunteering, research, leadership). Assuming continued progress, students planning for the applicant stage (typically spring of the junior or senior year) are invited to participate in application planning seminars.

Pre-medicine students who fall below the standards of a 3.00 cumulative GPA and BCPM GPA are at high risk of not being admitted to medical school. Targeted advising for these students focuses on strengthening academic skills as well as career exploration. If a student falls below the standards in a subsequent performance review, they will be administratively dropped from the pre-medicine minor. This action will not impede a student from applying to medical school, nor will it have an impact on a student’s degree program as the pre-medicine program is not a major.

Students who wish to re-enter the pre-medicine minor may do so as long as they meet the GPA standards (3.00 cumulative GPA and 3.00 BCPM GPA).

Additional Information

Pre-professional health programs do not ensure that all prerequisites for admission to health professions schools are met. Students should inquire with medical schools of interest to confirm details of admission requirements.

Intermediate and advanced BIO course work: 12 Credit Hours

Choose from subjects recommended by medical schools and associated with foundational concepts on the MCAT:

Writing and Literature: 6 Credit Hours

Behavioral (PSYC) and Social Sciences (SOCI/ANTH): 9 Credit Hours

Three credits must be in PSYC, three credits must be in SOCI and the remaining three credits of your choice.

Recommended elective (not required):


1 BIO 240 /BIO 240L  is a prerequisite.

Total: 68-69 Credit Hours