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Physicians diagnose and care for people of all ages who are ill or have been injured, and also work to prevent health problems before they occur. If you are interested in the intricacies of the human body’s systems, leadership, and helping others, medicine might be right for you. 

Medical doctors fill a variety of roles in a variety of settings. The AAMC has a wealth of information on what it means to become a doctor

  • To find out who your Pre-Med Advisor is, check your WINGS Student Center.
  • The Pre-Med Committee is also available for advising based on major; please review this document to find out more about the Pre-Med Committee.
  • If you need to update your major and/or add Pre-Med to your record in order to obtain an advisor, you can do so online here
  • Students who would like help deciding on a major can contact the Academic Advising Center and Career Services.
  • Starting in Spring 2020, students that have attended the Pre-Med Advising Session (occurs each February) will have access to the Pre-Med Module in Canvas. 

Podcasts to check out:

Make your intention to pursue Medicine official by adding it as an "intended pre-professional track"


  • General Biology (BIO 105) 
  • Genetics (BIO 306) or Cellular Biology (BIO 315) 
  • Anatomy & Physiology I & II (BIO 312 & BIO 313) 


  • General Chemistry I & II (CHM 103 & CHM 104) 
  • Organic Chemistry Survey (CHM 300) or Organic Chemistry Series I & II (CHM 303 & CHM 304); plus laboratory (CHM 302 or CHM 305)
    • Most medical schools require only one semester with a lab (the Survey option), but students need to check with admissions from their target schools
  • Fundamental Biochemistry (CHM 325) or Biochemistry I & II (CHM 417 & CHM 418) 


  • Calculus I (MTH 207) recommended, or Calculus II (MTH 208) also acceptable; Precalculus (MTH 151) sometimes acceptable 


  • Fundamental Physics I & II (PHY 103 & PHY 104) or General Physics I & II (PHY 203 & PHY 204) 

Social Sciences 

  • General Psychology (PSY 100) 
  • Introduction to Sociology (SOC 110) 


  • Elementary Statistics (STAT 145) or Mathematical Models in Biology (MTH 265) 

Additional requirements 

  • UW-Madison and U of Minnesota have usually required an additional writing-intensive course” - ENG courses that MAY count:
    • 204-01 & 02 Kim De Fazio
      307-411 & 412 Louise Zamparutti
      311-01 David Hart
      314-01 Louise Zamparutti
      335-01 Louise Zamparutti
      335-02 Lindsay Steiner
      367-01 Kim De Fazio
      462-01 Natalie Eschenbaum
    • Update, June 2020: UW-Madison has temporarily changed their "writing intensive" requirement; as of now, students applying to UW-Madison no longer need to provide verification that they completed an extensive research paper in a social sciences/humanities course; however, Minnesota still requires verification of a 10+ page research paper in social sciences/humanities. 
    • Always check with med schools to verify the class is sufficient, as laid out in the syllabus; and let your instructor for any of the above classes know you are taking the class to fulfill the requirement for medical school "writing intensive courses"

UW-La Crosse pre-medicine curriculum satisfies the minimum requirements for UW-Madison and the Medical College of Wisconsin. For specific information on prerequisites, refer to the websites for each school to which you plan to apply. Note that a given school may require less math, or less chemistry than what is listed above. In some cases, a school might require a class not listed above. It is the student's responsibility to plan ahead!

Pre-Medicine is NOT a major at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. It is a statement of your intention to apply to medical schools. You will still need to select a major to complete a degree at UWL.

Applications are collected via AMCAS (for MD), AACOMAS (for DO), and TMDSAS (for Texas medical schools). AMCAS opens in May, and you can submit your application starting in June. 

Some tips, via NAAHP, AAMC, and experiences from past students:

  • Choose the right application cycle/year for you, and apply early within that cycle; competition increases as you apply later in the summer!
  • Early in your pre-med career, develop a list of schools to which you plan to apply; make sure that the majority on your list are schools where your statistics (GPA/MCAT) are at or above the average admitted student profile (not the "minimum"). 
  • Plan to set aside plenty of time to study and prepare for the MCAT. Students will often take the exam during spring or early summer of their junior year. 
  • Know that you will have "primary" (via AMCAS and/or AACOMAS and/or TMDSAS) and "secondary applications" (via the specific medical schools to which you applied).
  • Get your letter writers in order as early as possible. If you plan to use the Pre-Med Committee's services, be sure to attend the mass advising meeting (usually in February), and make contact with members of the committee
  • Be prepared for the possibility of re-applying next cycle, and know that you should seek out mentors for feedback
  • Gap years can be a good thing for personal and professional development!


The Pre-Medicine Committee is a group of faculty advisors and Pre-Health Center staff, brought together to aid pre-med students on their journey to medical school. 

The Committee has created a document with in-depth information regarding the committee itself and the process of applying to medical school. All pre-med students are expected to read this document; additionally, in order to receive a letter of recommendation from the committee, students are required to attend a Pre-Med Advising Meeting at least once during their time at UWL. These are usually offered once per year in February. 

Medical School Mock Interview Day

Update: due to the pandemic, there may be changes to this event. We will share updates with students as they become available.

Facilitated by UWL's alumni physicians, this event is a simulation of an interview day, including traditional and MMI formats. Students' applications are collected by Pre-Med Club and the Pre-Health Center between April and August; this year's event is scheduled for Saturday, September 12th, 2020. Student volunteers are also needed to help the day run smoothly. 

Special thanks to Drs. Milt and Yvonne Datta (alum, '82) for bringing this event to UWL's students, and to the UWL Foundation and College of Science and Health for their support. 

The video below offers a glimpse of the experience. Email if you have questions or want to learn more!