Pre-Professional    Health
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Pre-Professional Health students in laboratory


Medicine is the science of the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. Contemporary medicine applies biomedical sciences, biomedical research, genetics and medical technology to diagnose, treat, and prevent injury and disease.

Students planning to pursue a career in medicine typically major in biological sciences or chemistry, although medical schools do accept students from other majors.

Most medical schools require students to take a minimum of the following courses:

College Chemistry I & II with labs 2 semesters
Organic Chemistry I & II with labs 2 semesters
Cell Biology with Lab 1 semester
Fundamentals of Physics I & II with labs 2 semesters
Calculus I 1 semester
Writing 101 & 321 2 semesters

Other courses that help students prepare for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), succeed in medical school, and become a better informed physician:

General Microbiology with lab 1 semester
Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II with lab 2 semesters
General Genetics 1 semester
Immunology 1 semester
Advanced Cell & Molecular Biology with lab 1 semester
Advanced Biochemistry I & II with labs 2 semesters

Medical schools may also require students to shadow physicians for up to 40 hours.

In preparing to apply to medical school, students work closely with an advisor to schedule the required courses and arrange for shadowing experiences, etc. Montana Tech faculty who advise students pursuing a career in medicine are:

Marisa PedullaMarisa Pedulla
Professor of Biology
(406) 496-4836
E-mail Marisa Pedulla
Katie HailerKatie Hailer
Associate Professor of Chemistry
(406) 496-4117
E-mail Katie Hailer