Before considering the information on this webpage, please keep in mind that being pre-med is an intention, not a major. Students who choose to complete the pre-med curriculum are required to complete an additional degree program, with the most popular options being majors in the sciences, such as biology and biochemistry. However, according to the AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges), students who major in the Humanities and Social Sciences subject areas are admitted at a statistically higher rate. Nevertheless, students with science-related majors still typically represent over half of admitted students.
Pre-Medical Curriculum at UW-La Crosse:
It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to be sure that you are completing the correct coursework for the medical school you would like to attend! Below are the requirements for medical schools in Wisconsin.
*Please note that the number in parentheses following the course title is the number of course credits.
105 General Biology (4)
306 Genetics (4) and/or 315 Cell Biology (4)
312 Human Anatomy &Physiology I (4)
313 Human Anatomy &Physiology II (4)
103 General Chemistry I (5)
104 General Chemistry II (5)
303 Organic Chemistry Theory I (3)
304 Organic Chemistry Theory II (3)
305 Organic Chemistry Lab (2)
*Please note that students must have completed MTH 150 (College Algebra) or have tested out of MTH 150 (College Algebra) to be eligible to take CHM 103 (General Chemistry I).
Strongly consider the following courses:
325 Fundamental Biochemistry (4)
417 Biochemistry I (3)
418 Biochemistry II (3)
Please note that CHM 417 and CHM 418 are required by some medical schools.
MTH 145 Elementary Statistics (4)
One additional math course
- at least MTH 151 Precalculus (4)
- MTH 207 Calculus I (5) is not required by most medical schools but is recommended
Please note you may be eligible to test out of MTH 150 College Algebra (4) during your first semester at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. For more information, please click here.
103 Fundamental Physics I (4)
104 Fundamental Physics II (4)
*If you have taken calculus, strongly considering taking PHY 203 General Physics I (4) and PHY 204 General Physics II (4) in place of PHY 103 and PHY 104.
ENG 110 College Writing I (3)
PSH 100 General Psychology (3) highly recommended
SOC 110 The Social World (3) highly recommended
Minnesota requires an addition humanities or social sciences upper-level course, with an intensive writing requirement.
A psychology course is not required for Wisconsin schools, but many medical schools require at least one semester of psychology.
Be advised that although you may earn AP/IB/CLEP credits, many medical schools will not accept them as a replacement for actual coursework taken at the collegiate level. Be sure to check with individual medical schools to be sure of their policies. For UW-L’s credit acceptance policies, click here.
Again it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to be sure that you are completing the correct coursework for the medical school you would like to attend!
To ensure that you are completing the correct coursework for the medical school you would like to attend, please visit their website. Below are links to the most popular universities that UW-L graduates attend.
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Medical College of Wisconsin (Allopathic)
University of Minnesota Medical School (Allopathic)
Des Moines University (Podiatry and Osteopathic)
Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine
*Please note that allopathic denotes an MD school and osteopathic denotes a DO school.