The pre-medicine curriculum has been developed with two objectives in mind. The first objective is to provide the undergraduate student with an academic background that will enable them to succeed in the medical school of their choice. The second objective is to provide the academic credits to earn the Bachelor of Science degree after four years of study. It is required that students planning a medical career complete the entire four-year curriculum and receive the Bachelor of Science degree before entering a medical college.
During the first two years of undergraduate work, the pre-medicine student should complete the majority of the basic science courses that constitute the minimal prerequisites for entrance into medical school.
In addition to the basic science courses, classes should be taken from the WKU Colonnade requirements. In preparation for the MCAT, it is strongly recommended that the pre-medical student choose BIOL 446 or CHEM 446 Biochemistry and BIOL 382 Biostatistics or Math 183 Statistics as electives. PSY 100 / PSYS 100 Introduction to Psychology or PSYS 220 / PSY 220 Developmental Psychology and SOCL 100 Introduction to Sociology are recommended among Colonnade classes.
During the junior and senior years, students with direction from their pre-medicine advisor, should complete courses to constitute a major and a minor in addition to completing Colonnade Program requirements for a degree. All applicants to medical school must take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).
The University of Kentucky, School of Medicine announced its opening of a branch medical campus in Bowling Green, KY. In partnership with the Medical Center of Bowling Green and WKU, plans are to matriculate their first class in fall 2018. Pre-medical students will have the opportunity to complete pre-medical studies and all four years of medical school in Bowling Green.
Please note: Recommended courses are based on WKU's assessment of specific professional school requirements. Students should, in consultation with their advisor, review the requirements at the professional schools of their choice.