Suggested Four Year Curriculum Guide

SUGGESTED FOUR YEAR CURRICULUM GUIDE FOR PREMEDICAL/PREDENTAL/PREHEALTH PROFESSIONS STUDENTS AT CHICAGO STATE UNIVERSITY

Semester 1 + 2
Summer Session
Semester 3 + 4
Semester 5 + 6
Semester 7 + 8
Feshman Year
Sophomore Year
Junior Year
Senior Year

Semester One (Freshman Year)

Math 1200 (College Algebra) 3
Psych 1100 (Intro Psychology) 3
Chem 1550 (General/Inorganic I) 4
Biol 1710 (Intro to Biology) 3
Eng 1270 (Composition I) 3
or English 1230 (Writers’ Workshop I)
Total 16

Join Student Clubs & Organizations on Campus

Semester Two (Freshman Year)

Math 1210 (College Algebra & Trig.) 3
Soc 1010 (Intro to Sociology) 3
Chem 1560 (General/Inorganic II) 4
Zool 2040 (Biology of Animals) 3
Eng 1280 (Composition II) 3
or Eng 1240 (Writers’ Workshop II)
Total 16

Continue involvement with Clubs & Organizations on Campus

Summer Session

Social Science Elective 3
Social Science Elective 3
Total 6

Summer Employment/Volunteer Experience
Semester Three (Sophomore Year)
Math 1400 (Calculus I) 4
Chem 2500 (Organic Chemistry I) 4
Bot 2050 (Biol of Algae, Plants,
   Fungi) 3
CMAT 2030 (Basic Speech) 3
Total 14

Continue involvement with Clubs & Organizations on Campus

Semester Four (Sophomore Year)

Chem 2510 (Organic Chemistry II) 4
Eng 368 (Workshop in
    English–MCAT) 3
Biol 3040 (Genetics) 4
Phil 1030 (Critical Thinking) 3
Total 14

Continue involvement with Clubs & Organizations on Campus

Participate in External Summer Program (Apply before March)

Semester Five (Junior Year)
Phys 1510 (Physics I) 4
Biol 2550 (Populations, Communities, Ecosystems) 3
Span 1010 (Spanish I) 3
Zool 2050 (Anatomy) 4
Total 14

Continue involvement with Clubs & Organizations on Campus

Semester Six (Junior Year)
Phys 1520 (Physics II) 4
Psly 2040 (Human physiology) 4
Span 1020 (Spanish II) 3
Biol 2050 (Intro to Cell Biology) 3
Total 14

Prepare and Take April MCAT or related exam (only take the exam if you have completed all required course work and you are confident with your ability to sit for the test).

Make application to professional school


Semester Seven (Senior Year)

Phys 4330 (Physiological Control Mechanism) 4
Biol 4520 (Cell Biology Lab) 3
Phil 1040 (Ethics) 3
Elective 3

Total 13


Semester Eight (Senior Year)

Phys 4335 (Homeostatic Mechanisms)4

Chem 4302 (Biochemistry I) 4
Biol 3690 (Molecular Microbiology) 4
Soc Science Elective 3
Soc Science Elective 3

Total 18

**Curriculum subject to change without notice—this is not a contract. Students are encouraged to see their academic advisors often.

SUGGESTED TIMETABLE OF IMPORTANT DATES PREHEALTH PROFESSIONS PROGRAMS - CHICAGO STATE UNIVERSITY

Freshman Year

Complete university placement examination in (English, mathematics, and reading).
Enroll in and complete any provisional or required coursework.
See your faculty advisor and Prehealth professions’ advisor early and often.
Become aware of program course requirements for graduation.
Begin to explore and investigate information on various careers.
Attend seminars, workshops, conferences and meetings coordinated by your academic major, office of Preheath Professions and student government/activities.
Develop disciplined study skills.

Sophomore Year

Continue to take an extensive breadth of coursework.
You should have already begun volunteer service and involvement in campus extracurricular activities.
Continue your exploration of medicine and other careers.
Revise your academic, personal and career goals.
Strictly adhere to faculty/advisor guidance on graduation and premedical/Prehealth profession course requirements.
Attend Prehealth Professions workshops and/or conferences.
Participate in a special summer science program and/or research opportunity.
Read as much as possible about healthcare reform and health issues.
Begin to familiarize yourself with the medical school application process.

Junior Year

July through April: Begin review for MCATs and/or related professional school examination.
February: Apply for the April MCAT. Recommended test date.
April: Meet with your Prehealth advisor to discuss potential schools.
Select those from whom you wish letters of recommendation.
See your faculty advisor and Prehealth professions advisor early and often.
Become aware of program course requirements for graduation.
Begin to explore and investigate information on various careers.
Attend seminars, workshops, conferences and meetings coordinated by your academic major, office of Prehealth Professions and student government/activities.
Develop disciplined study skills.

Senior Year

September: Submit AADS application.

Complete supplemental/secondary applications within the time frame allotted.
Prepare for interviews.


Key to important acronyms used in the world of Premedical/Prehealth Professions: MCAT (Medical College Admission Test); DAT (Dental Admission Test); OAT (Optometry Admission Test); PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test); AMCAS (American Medical College Application Service); AACOMAS (American Association of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service); AADS (American Association of Dental Schools Application Services); AACPMAS (American Association of Podiatric Medicine Application Service).

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