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A certificate in Pre-med is a course of study to prepare a student for the changing MCAT and application process for medical school.  These courses may be combined with any major at the university; though, some have similar course requirements which will make it more streamlined. 


Quick Info

Program Code



2 years


Main Campus


McMicken College of Arts and Sciences


McMicken Hall --137
2700 Campus Way
Cincinnati,OH  45221
Valerie Hardcastle
Phone: 513-556-5858

Student Success Factors

Successful students are good at making careful observations and recording information in a logical way. They excel at analyzing that information (critical thinking), which often involves employing basic math skills. Since many science courses involve laboratories, students often enjoy active, hands-on learning. The program requires a significant amount of hard work and study time, but can result in a very rewarding career.

Career Possibilities

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.


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Curriculum Guide Versions:

Premed Certif Curriculum Guide

Predominant Program

    Required Courses
    • BIOL1081, Biology I: Molecules, Cells, and the Foundation of Life, NS, 3
    • BIOL1082, Biology II: Evolution, Physiology, and Ecology, NS, 3
    • CHEM1040, General Chemistry I, NS, 4
    • CHEM1041, General Chemistry II, NS, 4
    • CHEM2040, Organic Chemistry I, 4
    • CHEM2041, Organic Chemistry II, 4
    • CHEM3040, Introduction to Biochemistry, 3
    • PSYC1001, Introduction to Psychology, SS, 3
    • SOC1001, Introduction to Sociology, SS, 3
    • PHYS1051, General Physics I (Algebra-based), QR, NS, 4
    • PHYS1052, General Physics II (Algebra-based), QR, NS, 4
    • PHYS2001, College Physics I (Calculus-based), QR, NS, 4
    • PHYS2002, College Physics II (Calculus-based), QR, NS, 4

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

Students in the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-intensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tristate location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.

Admission Requirements

Students already pursuing a degree in any college at UC can add the certificate to their program. Be sure to submit a declaration of the certificate program using our online form. 

In addition, you must meet with the program director so that they are aware that you are pursuing the certificate and can advise you appropriately. Do this early enough to avoid delay in obtaining your certificate. 

Students not currently pursuing a degree may declare the certificate after establishing non-matriculated status.

Graduation Requirements

 Make sure that you have declared the certificate program online. Next, make sure that the certificate program director is aware of when you are finishing the program. If you are pursuing another bachelor's degree, your certificate will be reviewed at the time that you submit your separate degree application.









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