Preparing and applying to medical school is a competitive, rigorous, and challenging path. Our pre-medical major program will thoroughly prepare you by providing a strong pre-medicine foundation as well as addressing your specific educational goals.

Our program encourages you to learn systematic study habits, and our curriculum gives you a rich, strong foundation in the sciences and other academic areas, hands-on research experiences, and clinical opportunities, including opportunities to shadow and observe physicians.

What It’s Like to Major in Pre-Health Professions at Ball State

Our undergraduate pre-health programs feature collaborations with specialized health programs in the region to ensure that our students are prepared after graduating from Ball State.

By completing this program, you will also fulfill admission requirements for professional school after Ball State.

Our Pre-Health Professions Club enhances your understanding of health career challenges and accommodates and supports your changing needs. It also gives you ample opportunity to connect with your peers who are also studying subjects in pre-health.

This program offers opportunities for you to participate in research through research credit classes, undergraduate research grants, laboratory journal clubs, summer research opportunities, undergraduate fellowship programs, and opportunities for physician shadowing.

Our low student-to-professor ratio and small class sizes give you daily contact with professors in both lecture and laboratory, plus the individualized attention you need to excel.

Program Requirements

Completing our pre-medicine major will earn you a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science as well as help you meet the admission requirements for medical school.

Credits Required

Total to Graduate: 120

  • Major: 50-54
  • University Core Curriculum: 66-70


The courses you will take to complete the pre-medicine major are:

  • BIO 111 – Principles of Biology 1
  • BIO 112 – Principles of Biology 2
  • CHEM 111 – General Chemistry 1
  • CHEM 112 – General Chemistry 2
  • CHEM 360 – Essentials of Biochemistry or Chem 463 – Principles of Biochemistry 1
  • PHYCS 110 – General Physics 1
  • PHYCS 112 – General Physics 2
  • ZOOL 330 – Structure and Development of Vertebrates
  • SOC 100 – Principles of Sociology
  • PSYS 100 – Introduction to Psychological Science

You will choose to fulfill your organic chemistry requirement from one of two options:

  • CHEM 231 and CHEM 241 – Organic Chemistry with lab
  • CHEM 232 and CHEM 242 – Organic Chemistry non-lab option

We recommend the following courses as electives to be completed in the first three years of study:

  • BIO 214 – Genetics
  • BIO 215 – Cell Biology
  • BIO 313 – Microbiology
  • BIO 444 - Immunology
  • ANAT 201 – Fundamentals of Human Anatomy
  • PHYSL 215 – Human Physiology

For a complete list of all the classes you will take as part of this program and their descriptions, please see our Course Catalog.

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Paying for Your Education

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Want to Learn More?

The best way to get a true feel for Ball State is to spend some time here, so we encourage you and your family to schedule a campus visit. Take a tour, attend an information session, meet with a professor in our area, and ask plenty of questions. Or if you’d rather speak to someone directly by phone or email, please feel free to contact our program’s academic advisor.

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