As a physician, you'll rely on a wide variety of medical skills to solve medical problems. You'll also depend upon your abilities to listen with care, to explain with clarity and to make sound, ethical decisions. Marquette's pre-medical preparation will put you on the right path.
Get the inside track.
Marquette enjoys a strong relationship with many medical schools, particularly Creighton University, St. Louis University, the University of Wisconsin and the Medical College of Wisconsin (which used to be Marquette's medical school). You can learn more about the profession by attending lectures and observing medicine in action at MCW.
Marquette's pre-med advisers will work closely with you throughout your undergraduate career to ensure you have what it takes — from assembling the best curriculum and application to preparing for the MCAT — to be a strong candidate for medical school admission.
Join Marquette's chapter of the national premedical honor society Alpha Epsilon Delta, which brings in speakers from the medical community, coordinates volunteer opportunities and sponsors group visits to medical schools. And through the Medical Society of Milwaukee County's Physician Mentor Program, you can shadow doctors in a variety of specialty fields.
Through the University Core of Common Studies, you'll hone your scientific skills along with your communication and reasoning skills. This will help you on the MCAT and throughout medical school and medical practice.
Bioethics internship — philosophy's cutting edge
With Marquette's internship through the Medical College of Wisconsin's Center for the Study of Bioethics, you have the opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary environment — philosophical ethics, law, medicine, pastoral counseling — that explores the complex questions that accompany medical advances, especially with respect to beginning- and end-of-life issues.
What should I study for pre-med?
Pre-med is not a major at Marquette; it's a statement of your intention to someday go to medical school. Therefore, you should choose a major that will give you the right background you'll need to succeed in medical school and practice, which is to say that you should choose a major that aligns most directly with your academic and scholarly interests. Although specific course requirements vary among medical schools, most typically require two semesters each of biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, physics and English composition.
Medical schools don't require particular undergraduate majors, which is why you'll be encouraged to choose a major you find captivating. (Chances are, if you enjoy your classes you'll do better, and a high GPA is the best first step in gaining admission to medical school.) While nearly all Marquette majors can coincide with a pre-medical intention, these are just a few majors that tend to work well for our pre-med students: