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The College of Medicine of the University of Nebraska Medical Center requires a minimum of 90 semester hours for admission. However, students pursuing a pre-medical curriculum are expected to choose a major so that they can be working towards a baccalaureate degree concurrently with the pre-medical program. This requires a major/minor combination or a comprehensive major as well as completion of the UNK general studies requirements and other degree requirements as set forth in the college catalog. Medical schools do not specify which major a student should pursue in conjunction with his/her pre-medical studies. Chemistry and biology majors are commonly chosen but other science majors, psychobiology, psychology, business or the humanities are acceptable as long as the core science courses in chemistry, biology and physics are included.

Competition for positions in medical schools is intense and admission is never guaranteed. Admission to medical school is based on scholastic record, MCAT scores, personal recommendations, interview with members of the admissions committee, shadowing, and other extra-curricular activities.

The following requirements are based on the admission requirements of the College of Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Students wanting to apply to other medical schools should check with those specific schools for additional requirements.

  1. Requirements
    • Take 8 hours of biology from:
      • BIOL 103GS, General Biology - 4 hours
      • BIOL 105GS, Biology I - 4 hours
      • BIOL 106GS, Biology II - 4 hours
      • BIOL 211GS, Human Microbiology - 4 hours
      • (Students should not take BIOL 211GS if they are planning to take BIOL 400)
      • Restriction: No more than ONE from the following options:
        • Take 1 course:
        • OR take 2 courses:
          • BIOL 225, Anatomy and Physiology - 4 hours
          • BIOL 226, Anatomy and Physiology - 4 hours
    • Take all of the following:
    • Take 1 course from:
      • MATH 115, Calculus I with Analytic Geometry - 5 hours (Prereq: MATH 103GS OR Math ACT score of 23 or greater and 4 years of high school mathematics including 2 years of algebra and 1 year of geometry and a senior level pre-calculus course)
      • MATH 123GS, Applied Calculus I - 3 hours (Prereq: MATH 102GS OR Math ACT score of 22 or greater and 4 years of high school mathematics including 2 years of algebra and 1 year of geometry and a senior level pre-calculus course)
      • STAT 241GS, Elementary Statistics - 3 hours
  2. Electives
    • Humanities and Social Sciences - 12-16 hours are required
    • (except courses numbered 188 or 388)
    • Recommended courses in the humanities and social sciences include English literature courses, foreign language, psychology, philosophy, political science, economics, sociology and fine arts courses.
    • Other electives, including upper division biology and chemistry courses, are recommended. See advisor for suggestions.
    • Students should be aware of prerequisites on all courses and plan their coursework accordingly.
  3. Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)
    • The MCAT is required for admission and should be taken once all required courses have been completed. See advisor for more information.

20 Feb 2014