Pre Med class.

Program Overview

Quick Facts

  • Delivery: On Campus
  • Credits: 120
  • Brand New State-of-the-Art Labs
  • Anatomy Study Lab

Preparing and applying to medical school is a competitive, rigorous, and challenging path. Our pre-medical major program will thoroughly prepare you by providing a strong pre-medicine foundation as well as addressing your specific educational goals. This major can be utilized for both allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) programs.

Our program encourages you to learn systematic study habits.  Our curriculum gives you a rich, strong foundation in the sciences and other academic areas.  You can choose to participate in hands-on research experiences, and clinical opportunities; including opportunities to shadow and observe physicians.

Meet the Biology Faculty Who Teach in this Program

We have a dedicated support team in Biology including academic advisors with educational backgrounds in biological sciences and a faculty advisor with a PhD. They will assist you with the application timeline, setting benchmarks, and finding shadowing and volunteer opportunities. Feel free to contact one of the advisors to see what a course schedule would like look!

Our Program Meets Admission Requirements

Our undergraduate pre-health programs feature collaborations with specialized health programs in the region to ensure that our students are prepared after graduating from Ball State.

By completing this program, you will also fulfill admission requirements for professional school after Ball State.

Dedicated Pre-Health Professions Faculty Advisor

Dr. Jennifer Metzler works as an adjunct faculty at IUSM Muncie campus and is part of our dedicated support team in Biology.

Student Organizations

Our Pre-Health Professions Club enhances your understanding of health career challenges and accommodates and supports your changing needs. It also gives you ample opportunity to connect with your peers who are also studying subjects in pre-health.

In-Depth Research Opportunities

This program offers opportunities for you to participate in research through research credit classes, undergraduate research grants, laboratory journal clubs, summer research opportunities, undergraduate fellowship programs, and opportunities for physician shadowing. Some of our students are actively involved in research at IUSM due to our active connections.

Small Class Sizes

Our low student-to-professor ratio and small class sizes give you daily contact with professors in both lecture and laboratory, plus the individualized attention you need to excel.

Completing our pre-medicine major will earn you a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science as well as help you meet the admission requirements for medical school.

Credits Required

Total to Graduate: 120

  • Major: 50-54
  • University Core Curriculum: 66-70


The courses you will take to complete the pre-medicine major are:

  • BIO 111 – Principles of Biology 1
  • BIO 112 – Principles of Biology 2
  • BIO 215 – Cell Biology
  • BIO 315 – Methods in Cell Biology
  • CHEM 111 – General Chemistry 1
  • CHEM 112 – General Chemistry 2
  • CHEM 225 – Chemical Analysis
  • CHEM 231 and CHEM 241 – Organic Chemistry Part 1
  • CHEM 232 and CHEM 242 – Organic Chemistry Part 2
  • PHYC 110 – General Physics 1
  • PHYC 112 – General Physics 2
  • ZOOL 330 – Structure and Development of Vertebrates
  • SOC 100 – Principles of Sociology
  • PSYS 100 – Introduction to Psychological Science

You will choose to fulfill your biochemistry requirement from one of two options:

  • CHEM 360 and CHEM 361 – Essentials of Biochemistry and Laboratory
  • CHEM 463 and CHEM 464 – Principles of Biochemistry 1 and 2 (*our advisors recommend this option)

We recommend the following courses as electives to be completed in the first three years of study:

  • BIO 214 – Genetics
  • BIO 313 – Microbiology
  • BIO 444 - Immunology
  • ANAT 201 – Fundamentals of Human Anatomy
  • PHYS 215 – Human Physiology

For a complete list of all the classes you will take as part of this program and their descriptions, please see our Course Catalog.

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Do you want to learn more about our program or have questions about the application process or financial aid? We’re here to help! One of the best ways to understand why Ball State is right for you is to schedule a visit through our Office of Undergraduate Admissions to see it for yourself. Or if you’d like to speak directly to someone in our department, please feel free to call or email us.


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