Bs Psychology Pre-Med Coursework

Division of Arts and Sciences

Major Field – BS in Psychology

Pre-Med and Pre-Dental Sequence

Department Requirements:  Thirty-six (36) credit hours

(1)   P101 and P102 are prerequisites for all courses

(2)   P211 and K300 (take as early as possible; these are prerequisites for all advanced labs)

(3)   Area A (a minimum of three from the following: P325, P326, P327, P329, P335, P388, P407, P417)

(4)   Area B (a minimum of two from the following: P303, P314, P316, P319, P320, P324, P389, P423, P425, P430)

(5)   One advanced laboratory course: P421 (P: P320), P429 (P: P316 or P314),

      P435 (P: P335 or P438)

(6)   Two Psychology electives at the 300-400 level

Freshman Year
Fall SemesterCr. Hrs.Spring SemesterCr. Hrs.
P101  Introductory Psychology I3P102  Introductory Psychology II3
C105  Principles of Chemistry3C106  Principles of Chemistry II3
C125  Experimental Chemistry I2C126  Experimental Chemistry II2
M125 or higher3Speech S1213
S104 title: Pre-Professional Studies1Group IIIA  Phys/Life Sciences5
Sophomore Year
Fall SemesterCr. Hrs.Spring SemesterCr. Hrs.
P211  Experimental Methods in Psychology3P202Psychology Area A3
K300  Statistical Techniques3L102  Intro to Biological Sciences II4
L101  Intro to Biological Sciences I4Group IIIB  Soc/Beh Science3
Open Elective3Group IIIC  Humanities3
Group IIIB  Soc/Beh Science3Group IIIC  Humanities/Group IVB  Minority3
Junior Year
Fall SemesterSpring Semester3
Psychology Area A3Psychology Area A3
Psychology Area B3Psychology Area B3
P201  General Physics I5P202  General Physics II5
C341/343  Organic Chemistry I5C342/344  Organic Chemistry5
Senior Year
Fall SemesterCr. Hrs.Spring SemesterCr. Hrs.
Psychology Area B3Psychology Elective3
Psychology Advanced Lab (IW)3Group IIIA   Biochem/Biology Elective4
Group III A  Biochem/Biology Elective4Group IIIC  Humanities3
Group IIIB  Soc/Beh Science3Open Elective3

One additional Intensive (IW) course is required, as well as 36 hours at the 300-400 level.  Students are urged to consult with departmental advisors frequently during their undergraduate years.  The recommendations listed should be viewed as a general outline or framework on which to plan a program of study.  Each student is responsible for planning his/her own program and for meeting the divisional and departmental degree requirements by the time he/she expects to be graduated.  Consult the IUN Bulletin for details and for courses that meet Group IIIA, IIIB, and IIIC and Culture requirements.

Psychology and the Health Professions

Psychology is a popular major among premed students, as well as those interested in other health-related professions. National statistics show that students who major in psychology are as likely to be admitted to medical school as those who major in biology or chemistry. Psychology is particularly valuable for those premedical students interested in neurology, psychiatry, pediatrics, or behavioral medicine. Northwestern students considering medical school should consult the Premed/Prehealth Professions Advising page at the University Academic Advising Center.

PSYCH 248-Health Psychology is especially relevant for students interested in health professions. PSYCH 303-Psychopathology is very relevant for those interested in psychiatry and useful for others as well. Taking PSYCH 218-Developmental Psychology will help you to appreciate differences among your patients that relate to the difference in their ages, as well as to better understand the ways in which their social development, personality, cognitive skills, and physical well-being can all affect each other. Students interested in the health professions should also consider courses with a strong neuroscience component. In addition, many of our courses, especially those in social and personality psychology, should enhance the sensitivity of health care providers to the clients they serve.

Research-oriented courses can be especially valuable for those entering medicine or any other career in which they are likely to engage in ongoing reading of research reports documenting new developments in the field. In fact, graduates of Northwestern's Honors Program in Medical Education have commented that their undergraduate course in statistics was especially helpful in their medical school studies. Hands-on research experience through PSYCH 399-Independent Study and PSYCH 397-Advanced Supervised Research is valuable too.

Psychology majors can easily complete required premed courses, which are the same as or similar to those required for entry to many other health-related professional schools. Two terms of calculus--typically MATH 220 and 224--fulfill the Related Course requirement in mathematics, and three of your required science courses can serve as the three additional Related Courses.

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