Jan 17, 2022  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 

Pre-Medicine (Allopathic and Osteopathic), Pre-Veterinary, and Pre-Chiropractic, Pre-Optometry and Pre-Podiatry

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Students planning on pursuing a career in the medical field can complete course requirements at EMU for admission to medicine, optometry, podiatry, veterinary and chiropractic programs. For information on these programs, see the advising coordinator.

While medical schools do not prescribe a premedical curriculum, they expect a thorough understanding of modern concepts in biology, chemistry and physics, and all value mathematical competence, with some specifying a course sequence in mathematics. Most pre-medical students, therefore, select a major in one of these areas, although this is not mandatory. Students should earn the bachelor’s degree prior to admission to medical school.

An important admission requirement for most medical schools, the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), is given during the Spring and Summer in various centers throughout the nation. This test should be taken after prerequisites in biology, chemistry and physics are completed, typically during the junior year.

Each allopathic and osteopathic medical school establishes its own admission requirements. The course requirements are similar but differ enough so that students should consult the catalogs of the schools in which they are interested. The latest edition of Medical School Admission Requirements should be consulted. The introductory chapters of this book should be read by every prospective medical student.

If students electing the pre-medicine sequence are not achieving at least a 3.00 GPA (overall and in their major), their chances of acceptance by a medical school are minimal, and they should plan their programs so that other professional or vocational goals are possible.

Students interested in pursuing Chiropractic Medicine should see the program articulation agreements between EMU and Logan University, and Palmer College of Chiropractic.

All new Pre-professional students should attend the Pre-Med/Vet Orientation given at the beginning of the Fall and Winter semesters and regularly consult with the Pre-Med advisor. Students seeking to participate in either the Logan or Palmer Chiropractic articulations, should meet with the Program coordinator/advisor during their first month of class.

Advisor Information:

Michael Angell, Ph.D.

Biology Department
441 Science Complex
(734) 487-4242

First Year-Pre-Medicine: 27-39 hours

Because of the nature of the premedical program, if the student is a biology or chemistry major it is almost mandatory to follow the first year as patterned below.

Second Semester: 14-20 hours

*see note

  • Mathematics (2-4 hrs)
    **see note
  • General education (3-7 hrs)


* Prior to registering for the second semester, the student should see the premedical coordinator.

** Students with one to two years of less than high-level algebra take MATH 105 - College Algebra (GEQR) . Students with only one year of algebra take MATH 104 - Intermediate Algebra , followed by MATH 105 . Students without trigonometry take MATH 107 - Plane Trigonometry . Although students may need to take MATH 104 , MATH 105  or MATH 107  these courses do not satisfy general education requirements. Students must still complete a mathematics course from the list of approved mathematics courses; biology majors will satisfy both general education and biology major requirements by taking MATH 120 .

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