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.

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 I & II with laboratory (CHM 303 & CHM 304 & CHM 305) 
  • Fundamental Biochemistry (CHM 325) or Biochemistry I & II (CHM 417 & CHM 418) 


  • Calculus I (MTH 207) recommended  
  • Calculus II (MTH 208) 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 Minnesota require an additional writing-intensive course 

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. 

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.