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Pre-Med Guide for the MCB Student

MCB is an excellent choice for pre-medical, pre-dental and other pre-health career students. MCB Magazine 4 features an article on our curriculum and its preparation for pre-health careers. Among the opportunities we offer to our pre-health students is the Pathway to Health Careers Program. Our curriculum is proven to successfully prepare students for health related careers including medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy and veterinary medicine. Data from 2013 shows that more MCB students were accepted to medical school than any other major on the Illinois campus.

Partial list of medical schools our graduates have attended
(2013 to 2016)

  • University of Illinois College of Medicine
  • University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, Rockford Rural Medicine Program
  • Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis
  • Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine
  • Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
  • Rush University Medical College
  • Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Indiana University School of Medicine
  • The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB)
  • Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine - AT Still University, Kirksville, MO
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton, Florida (LECOM Bradenton)
  • Mayo Medical School, Rochester, Minnesota
  • College of Osteopathic Medicine at Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • Saint Louis University School of Medicine
  • Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • Medical College of Georgia
  • Medical College of Wisconsin
  • University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
  • University of Michigan Medical School
  • University of Missouri School of Medicine
  • University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM)
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Poznan University of Medial Science, Poland

Medical Volunteering

Carle Foundation Hospital Volunteer Opportunities

Presence Covenant Medical Center Volunteer and Internship Programs

Thinking of participating in a medical mission trip abroad? Make sure to watch this YouTube video on medical volunteering to protect yourself and the people you are interacting with. If you aren't allowed to perform a procedure in the U.S., you should NOT perform it abroad.

Typical 4-Year Pre-Med Plan (PDF)

This plan is to be used only as a guideline. There are many factors that may affect the sequence and timing of courses. Course selections are best made in consultation with an MCB Advisor. For an appointment, visit 127 Burrill Hall or call (217) 333-6774.

Students typically take the MCAT or other pre-professional exam during the spring of their junior year and apply in during the summer following their junior year. Most prerequisite courses should be completed by the end of junior year with grades of C or better. Visit The Career Center Health Professions Website for additional information.

FRESHMAN YEAR

SEMESTER 1

SEMESTER 2

Intro Bio: MCB 150 or IB 150 (4 hrs)

Gen. Chem: CHEM 101, 102/103, or 202/203 (3-5 hrs)

Begin MATH sequence per placement* (3-5 hrs) or

Composition I (3-4 hrs)

First Year Enrichment Course (1 hr)

Options:
Language, Gen Ed.**, or Elective (0-5 hrs)

Total Credit Hours: 14-16

Intro Bio: MCB 150 or IB 150 (4 hrs)

Gen Chem: CHEM 102/103, 104/105, or 204/205 (4 hrs)

Begin or continue MATH sequence per placement* (3-5 hrs) or

Composition I: (3-4 hrs)

Options:
Language, Gen Ed.**, or Elective (0-5 hrs)

Total Credit Hours: 14-16

SOPHOMORE YEAR

SEMESTER 3

SEMESTER 4

Molecular Genetics & Lab: MCB 250 & MCB 251 (5 hrs)***

Chemistry: Finish gen chem or begin organic (4–6 hrs)

Choose 1–2 of the following: (1–6 hrs)

  • Math: Begin or continue if necessary*
  • Language: Begin or continue, if necessary
  • Research: MCB 290
  • Anatomy & Physio: MCB 244 and/or MCB 245
  • General Education Course**
  • Elective

Total Credit Hours: 14–16

Cells, Tissues & Develop. & Lab: MCB 252 & MCB 253 (5 hrs)

Chemistry: Finish CHEM sequence, if necessary (2–6 hrs) or
Physics: PHYS 101 or 211, if CHEM complete (4–5 hrs)

Choose 1–2 of the following: (1–6 hrs)

  • Language: Begin or continue, if necessary
  • Research: MCB 290
  • Anatomy & Physio: MCB 246 and/or MCB 247
  • General Education Course**
  • Elective

Total Credit Hours: 14–16

JUNIOR YEAR

SEMESTER 5

SEMESTER 6

Biochemistry: MCB 354 (3 hrs)

Physics: Begin or continue PHYS sequence (4–5 hrs)

Choose 2–3 of the following: (5–9 hrs)

  • General Education Course**
  • Anatomy & Physio: MCB 244 and/or MCB 245
  • Research: MCB 290
  • Elective course

Total Credit Hours: 14–18

Advanced MCB course or lab: See approved list**** (1–4 hrs)

Physics: Continue PHYS sequence, if necessary (4–5 hrs)

Choose 2–3 of the following: (5–9 hrs)

  • General Education Course**
  • Anatomy & Physio: MCB 246 and/or MCB 247
  • Research: MCB 290
  • Elective course

Total Credit Hours: 14–18

SENIOR YEAR

SEMESTER 7

SEMESTER 8

2 Advanced MCB courses or lab: See approved list**** (5–8 hrs)

Choose 2–3 of the following: (6–9 hrs)

  • General Education Course**
  • Research: MCB 290
  • Elective course

Total Credit Hours: 14–16

2 Advanced MCB courses or lab: See approved list**** (5–8 hrs)

Choose 2–3 of the following: (6–9 hrs)

  • General Education Course**
  • Advanced Composition Course
  • Research or Senior Thesis: MCB 290 or 492
  • Elective course

Total Credit Hours: 14–16

* Statistics is highly recommended to prepare for the MCAT and medical school.

** At least one course in psychology and sociology should be taken. Three social/behavioral science courses are recommended.

*** General Chemistry 1 and 2 (CHEM 102 and CHEM 104) must be completed before beginning MCB 250.

**** Approved advanced courses can be found at http://mcb.illinois.edu/courses/undergraduate?type=Adv. Courses that may be of particular interest to pre-med students include, but are not limited to, cell biology, immunology, microbiology, neurobiology, pathology and physiology.