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Pre-med Option

Pre-Med Option for Religion Majors

Interested in pursuing a career in medicine, but also fascinated by the study of world religions? You don’t have to choose between these two programs of study. Motivated students can earn a BA in Religion 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. Increasingly, medical schools are looking for well-rounded students who have both strong science training and broad interpersonal and intercultural skills. Majoring in Religion will give you the cultural competence doctors of tomorrow will need to communicate effectively with their patients.

The Religion major also prepares students 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
Summer Semester
  • Core Course
  • Core Course
  • (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
  • REL 2050
  • (rec: BIO 2110 or ANT 3100)
Spring Semester
  • ENG 2100
  • CHM 2120
  • PHY 1120
  • REL 2060
Summer Semester
  • (study for MCAT)
  • MCAT
  • (August)
  • (rec: BIO 2120 or ANT 3120)

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
  • REL 2070
  • American Religion
  • REL Elective
  • Foreign Language 1010
  • Core Course
Spring Semester
  • Biblical Studies
  • REL Elective
  • Methods of Inquiry
  • Foreign Language 1020
  • Core Course
Summer Semester
  • Apply to Medical School

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
  • East Asian Religion
  • South Asian Religion
  • Methods of Inquiry
  • Foreign Language 2010
  • Core Course
Spring Semester
  • Western Religion
  • REL Elective
  • REL 4930
  • Foreign Language 2020
  • Core Course
Summer Semester

Hours needed to graduate: 124