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Pre-med Option

Pre-Med Option for Philosophy Majors

Interested in pursuing a career in medicine, but also fascinated by the study of philosophy? You don’t have to choose between these two programs of study. Motivated students can earn a BA in Philosophy and complete the pre-med program of study at the same time. You simply take the pre-med courses as your electives. With careful planning and the proper preparation, you can do this in four years.

Combining these two programs of study may also improve your career options. Philosophy majors study the challenging ethical questions that all physicians are required to address. They develop the interpersonal and communication skills increasingly being sought by medical schools.

Philosophy majors also receive strong training in logic and critical thinking, which prepares them to excel on the standardized test (MCAT) required for entrance into medical school. In fact, data indicates (PDF) that humanities majors outperform many science majors on this test.

• Sample Four-Year Program of Study (PDF)
• The pre-med program at WSU 

For further information, contact:

• Jacqueline Neal, Director, Pre-Health Programs 
• Ava Chamberlain, Chair, Department of Religion 

1

Freshman Year

Fall Semester
  • BIO 1120
  • ENG 1100
  • CHM 1210
  • MTH 1280
Spring Semester
  • BIO 1150
  • CHM 1220
  • MTH 1350 OR 2240
  • Core Course (PSY)
Summer Semester
  • PHL Elective
  • PHL Area Course
  • Core Course (soc) (rec: STT 1600)

*The mathematics placement examination is used to determine the intial mathematics course.  This sample curriculum assumes that the student is proficient in College Algebra I and recieved a level of 4 or higher on their math placement test.

2

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • CHM 2110
  • PHY 1110
  • Foreign Language 1010
Spring Semester
  • ENG 2100
  • CHM 2120
  • PHY 1120
  • Foreign Language 1020
Summer Semester
  • (study for MCAT)
  • MCAT (August)

Make appointment with the Pre-Health Advisor upon completion of Fall Semester.  It is higly recommended that students go one summer to lighten the load during sophomore and junior years.

3

Junior Year

Fall Semester

  • Foreign Language 2010
  • Methods of Inquiry
  • *Elective
  • PHL Area Course
  • Core Course
Spring Semester
  • Foreign Language 2020
  • PHL 2230
  • *Elective
  • PHL Area Course
  • Core Course
Summer Semester
  • Apply to Medical School

*Elective: 300/400 level; recommend science course

Attend the Application for the Health Professions Workshop (Mar/Apr).  Consider enrolling Wright State's MCAT Prep Course.  Prepare for the MCAT and take it by May.  Submit medical school application by August 1st.

4

Senior Year

Fall Semester

  • PHL Elective
  • PHL Elective
  • PHL Area Course
  • Core Course
Spring Semester
  • PHL Elective
  • PHL Elective
  • PHL Elective
  • Core Course
Summer Semester

Hours needed to graduate: 124