Sample 4-Year Plan for Pre-Medicine Majors

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Neuroscience is an excellent major for pre-medicine students. Below is an example of a 4-year plan for a pre-medicine neuroscience major based on requirements for admission to the OSU College of Medicine. Included are Pre-Medicine Milestones which denote extracurricular activities strong medical school applicants undertake. It is in your best interest to research the requirements at several schools to which you are considering applying to ensure that you complete all of the necessary pre-requisite coursework. Note that the plan is for students who hope to enroll in medical school immediately after graduating from OSU and, therefore, must take the MCAT by the end of their junior year. Students who intend to take a gap year can spread out their pre-medicine courses.

Please speak with an advisor to ensure that all of your general education (GE) requirements are met and that any AP or transfer credits apply. Details on the Bachelor of Science GE requirements can be found here: bs_ge_au15_v3.pdf. Math through the first semester of calculus (Math 1151) is required for a B.S. in neuroscience.

Download a major planning sheet here.

Freshman Year

* Denotes pre-med courses

Pre-Medicine Milestones

  • Volunteering: 100 Hours
  • Shadowing: 20 Hours
  • Leadership: 2 New Experiences

Fall (17 credits)

  • Bio 1113*
  • Chem 1210*
  • Psych 3313
  • Psych 1100
  • Neuro Survey 1100H
  • College Survey 1100.01

Spring (15 credits)

  • Bio 1114*
  • Chem 1220*
  • Neuro 3000
  • Writing GE

Summer

  • Complete Pre-Medicine Milestones
  • Ancillary Coursework

Sophomore Year

* Denotes pre-med courses

Pre-Medicine Milestones

  • Volunteering: 150 Hours
  • Shadowing: 20 Hours
  • Leadership: 3 New Experiences

Fall (18 credits)

  • Chem 2510*
  • Physics 1200*
  • Psych 3513
  • Neuro Spec
  • Neuro 4998 ( Research)

Spring (14 credits)

  • Chem 2520*
  • Chem 2540* 
  • Physics 1201*
  • Neuro Spec

Summer

  • Complete Pre-medicine Milestrones
  • Study for the MCAT
  • Ancillary Coursework

Junior Year

* Denotes pre-med courses

Pre-Medicine Milestones

Complete before applying to Medical School

  • Shadowing Total: 80 - 100 Hours
  • Volunteering Total: 500+ Hours
  • Leadership Total: 5 Experiences

Fall (12 credits)

  • Biochem 4511*
  • Chem 2550*
  • Stats 2450
  • VPA GE 
  • STUDY FOR MCAT

Spring (12 credits)

  • Neuro 3050
  • Neuro Spec
  • Foreign Lang
  • Lit GE
  • STUDY FOR AND TAKE MCAT

Summer

  • Have completed Pre-Medical Milestones before applying to Medical School
  • Apply for Medical School!
  • Ancillary Coursework

Senior Year

* Denotes pre-med courses

Pre-Medicine Milestones

  • Prepare for Medical School Interviews

Fall (17 credits)

  • Neuro Spec
  • Calc 1151
  • Foreign Lang
  • 2nd Year Writing GE

Spring (15 credits)

  • Neuro Spec
  • Neuro Breadth
  • Foreign Lang
  • Cultures & ideas GE
  • History GE