Pre-Medicine Studies


minor code: PMDS
The Pre-Medical School minor at New Mexico State University is part of a pre-medicine education program that addresses the growing demand for doctors, surgeons, and biomedical researchers with a strong understanding of a broad cross-section of STEM subjects and who model the human body as a series of interacting chemical process units. This minor of study is designed for students seeking a strong pre-med background (for both MCAT prep and program entry prereq completion) or who may be targeting a graduate degree in biomedical engineering. A student must pass 22 credits of courses with a grade C- or better. The minor includes 18 credit hours of required courses, and 3 credit hours of elective courses. No courses may be taken S/U. All prerequisites for the classes must be met or consent of the instructor obtained before enrolling in class.

 courses (19 credit hours)

  • CHME 305. Transport Operations I: Fluid Flow (3)
  • BIOL 2110G. Cellular and Organismal Biology (3)
  • BIOL 2110GL. Cellular and Organismal Biology Laboratory (1)
  • BIOL 353. Pre-Professional Human Anatomy (4)
  • BIOL 353 L. Pre-Professional Human Anatomy Laboratory (1)
  • BIOL 354. Physiology of Humans (3)
  • BIOL 354 L. Laboratory of Human Physiology (1)
  • BCHE 395. Biochemistry I (3)

*no substitutions permitted


Elective Courses (3 credit hours)

  • CHME 481. Biomedical Engineering and Engineering Healthcare (3)
  • BIOL 305. Principles of Genetics (3)
  • BIOL 311. General Microbiology  (3)
  • BIOL 377. Cell Biology  (3)
  • BIOL 490. Neurobiology (3)
  • BIOL 540.  Science and Ethics (1-3)
  • BCHE 396. Biochemistry II  (3)
  • BCHE 424. Techniques in Genetic Engineering  (3)
  • GENE 315. Molecular Genetics  (3)
  • GENE 320. Hereditary and Population Genetics  (3)
  • GENE 486. Genes and Genomes  (3)
  • GENE 488. Gene Regulation  (3)

Strongly recommended for entry to medical school

  • PSY 1110G. Introduction to Psychology (3)
  • SOC 2310G. Contemporary Social Problems (3)
  • PHYS 1310L. Engineering Physics I Laboratory (1)
  • PHYS 1320L. Engineering Physics II Laboratory (1)

Students with a biomedical/chemical engineering background routinely out-perform their peers from Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Neuroscience, Electrical Engineering, Psychology, Mathematics, and Economics on the MCAT.

The following resources will be helpful to a student considering this educational pathway.

  • The Course-Mapping Tool for the MCAT2015 Exam
  • Advice from AICHE pre-med liaison
  • Speak with AICHE Pre-med Track Liaison to arrange shadowing opportunities in Las Cruces and Albuquerque.
  • A discussion of this track through the BSCHE can be found in our tri-fold flyer that describes the program and benefits.

The curriculum has been reviewed by the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, where it was confirmed that all prerequisite admission requirements to the UNM/SOM are fulfilled by this degree path.  

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