There are three main types of physicians: Medical Doctors (MDs), Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DOs), and Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (DPMs). The first two types of physicians can provide care for any system in the human body, while a podiatrist (DPM) focuses exclusively on the lower legs and feet. All three physicians diagnose and treat patients for a range of medical issues, although a DO might also utilize preventive medicine and holistic patient care techniques. MDs and DOs train in specialties including radiology, allergy, immunology, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, emergency, dermatology, neurology, cardiology, pediatrics, geriatrics, family medicine, oncology, and many others.

The pre-med curriculum at South Dakota Mines is based primarily on the prerequisite requirements of the University of South Dakota School of Medicine and other regional medical schools. Whether you intend to pursue allopathic (MD), osteopathic (DO), or podiatric (DPM) medicine, successful completion of our pre-med curriculum and chosen electives will help you meet the expectations for admission. Add meaningful volunteer work, physician shadowing, internships, and strong scores on the MCAT to strengthen your application and reach your goal.

Required Classes for Pre-Med

Required courses CHEM 464 -- Biochemistry I & 464L Lab - 4 

Entrance exam

MCAT exam

Suggested electives

Biol 488 Molecular immunobiology
BIOL 487 Diagnostic parasitology
BIOL 470 -- Cancer Biology
BIOL 498 -- Undergraduate research
PSYC 221 -- Lifespan Developmental Psychology - 3
PSYC 451 -- Psychology of Abnormal Behavior - 3

Shadowing hours 50-100 hours of medical shadowing generally required

Required Classes for All Medical Majors

Biology courses BIOL 151 -- General Biology I & 151L Lab - 4
BIOL 153 -- General Biology II & 153L Lab - 4
BIOL 221 -- Human Anatomy & 221L
BIOL 326 -- Biomedical Physiology & 326L
BIOL 331 -- Microbiology & 331L 381L Lab - 4

BIOL 371 -- Genetics & 371L Lab - 4

Chemistry courses CHEM 112 -- General Chemistry I & 112L Lab - 4

CHEM 114 -- General Chemistry II & 114L Lab - 4
CHEM 326 -- Organic Chemistry I & 326L Lab - 5
CHEM 328 -- Organic Chemistry II & 328L Lab - 5

Math courses MATH 123 -- Calculus - 4

MATH 281 -- Introductory Statistics - 3 or Math 381 Probability and Statistics

Physics courses PHYS 111 -- Introduction to Physics I & 111L Lab - 4

PHYS 113 -- Introduction to Physics II & 113L Lab - 4

Social Science courses PSYC 101 -- General Psychology - 3

SOC 100 -- General sociology

English courses Met through SDBOR general education requirements
Suggested electives

BIOL 375 Current Bioethical issues
Epidemiology (no course number yet)
SOC 411 Licit and Illicit Drugs
SOC 420 Alcohol Use and Abuse

Student Resources

Professional Associations and Accreditation: Allopathic (MD) Medicine

Professional Associations and Accreditation: Osteopathic (DO) Medicine

Professional Associations and Accreditation: Podiatric (DPM) Medicine

Entrance Exam

Medical and podiatric schools require the Medical College Admission Test as an entrance exam. Learn more about the MCAT here.

Resources to Prepare for Medical and Podiatry School

Selected Regional Programs – Allopathic (MD)

Selected Regional Programs – Osteopathic (DO)

Selected Regional Programs – Podiatry (DPM) 

Important Note:

Consult the admissions/application web pages of the professional programs for information on required pre-requisite courses and admissions tests, application procedures, and application deadlines. Some professional/graduate programs will not accept AP or CLEP credits, online courses, or correspondence courses for the core science and math pre-requisite requirements. Many programs also require that all pre-requisite coursework be completed within a certain period of time, e.g., within 5 years prior to application. Policies vary by school and program. Be sure you know the requirements