Premedicine Completion Program

The Premedicine Completion Program is intended for students who have completed some, but not all of the core science prerequisites needed to apply to medical school. Students in this program may take their remaining core classes through SPS and receive the same student services as those in the premedicine post-baccalaureate program. This program is not intended as a records-enhancement program. Students who have already applied to medical school or completed all their pre-medical coursework should not apply.

Students must complete the program within 12 calendar months and be enrolled in at least two units of coursework per term to be eligible for financial aid. Due to the sequential nature of the coursework, students may only begin the program in the summer or fall quarters.

Students who plan to enroll in this program during the summer immediately following the completion of their undergraduate degree may not be eligible for financial aid during that summer, depending on previous aid awards for that academic year. Please contact the Chicago Office of Financial Aid for more information.

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About the Premedicine Completion Program

Premedicine Completion Program Required Courses

Course plans will vary based on each student’s previously completed coursework. Upon admission into the program, students should consult with their academic advisor to create a plan of study. In order to receive a letter of completion, students must complete their individual required courses as determined in the initial advising meeting, and must complete a minimum of 4 units with a 3.0 GPA.

Courses are selected from the following:

  • General Chemistry Sequence (CHEM 110, 131, 132 and 141, 142*)
  • Organic Chemistry Sequence (CHEM 215-A,B,C and 235-A,B,C*)
  • General Biology Sequence (BIOL SCI 201, 202, 203)
  • General Biology Labs (BIOL SCI 232, 233, 234)
  • Biochemistry (BIOL SCI 308)
  • General Physics Sequence (PHYSICS 130-A,B,C and 131-A,B,C)

Chemistry Notes:
*If you have successfully completed a year of General Chemistry with lab at another institution and you plan to register for Organic Chemistry, please note that the Northwestern Department of Chemistry requires a Chemistry Placement Test. This exam ensures that students who have studied chemistry at an outside institution are prepared to succeed in Northwestern University’s Organic Chemistry sequence. The online Chemistry Placement Test can be scheduled at your convenience. Please contact your academic adviser to get started.

Due to Northwestern Department of Chemistry policy, students may not begin a chemistry course in the middle of a sequence. Students who need to complete a chemistry course must take the entire sequence at SPS. 

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Transfer Credit Policy for Premedicine Completion Program

Transfer credit is not accepted into this program. However, the program’s flexibility allows students to enroll in only the courses that they need.

Premedicine Completion Program Tuition

Post-baccalaureate students at Northwestern's School of Professional Studies pay per course. For more information about financial obligations and tuition, please visit the Tuition page.

Admission for Premedicine Completion Program

In addition to completing an online application, you'll also need to submit a few supplemental materials. A list of requirements for admission including application deadlines and tips on how to apply can be found on the Admission page.

Premedicine Completion Program Registration Information

Whether you're a first-time registrant or current and returning student, all students register using our online student registration and records systems. Important information about registering for courses at SPS, including registration timelines and adding or dropping courses in which you are already enrolled, can be found on the Registration Information page.

Premedicine Completion Program Sample Course Plans

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Program Courses:Course Detail
Molecular Biology <> BIOL_SCI 201-CN

This course is part of the four-course introductory biology sequence. Students will learn about the basics of molecular biology, including the structure of macromolecules, DNA replication, transcription, and translation and the mechanisms by which these processes are regulated. Students will also learn current biotechnology methods used to study molecular biology.

Credit not allowed for both BIOL SCI 201 and BIOL SCI 215. Students who have previously completed BIOL SCI 215 should not register for this course.


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Cell Biology <> BIOL_SCI 202-CN

This course is part of the four-course introductory biology sequence. The cell biology course covers mechanisms the cell uses to compartmentalize and transport proteins, to move, to regulate growth and death, and to communicate with their environments.

This course should be taken concurrently with BIOL SCI 232. Credit not allowed for both BIOL SCI 219 and BIOL SCI 202. Students who have previously completed BIOL SCI 219 should not register for this course. 

Prerequisite: Students must have completed BIOL SCI 201 or 215 with a grade of C- or better to register for this course.

 


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Genetics and Evolution <> BIOL_SCI 203-CN

Fundamentals of genetics and evolution. From the rules of heredity to the complex genetics of humans, the methods and logic of genetics as applied to inheritance, development, neurobiology, and populations. The process and tempo of evolution, from natural selection to speciation, emphasizing how genetics plays a critical role.

Prerequisite: Students must have completed BIOL SCI 202-CN or BIOL SCI 219-CN with a grade of C- or better to register for this course.


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Genetics and Molecular Biology <> BIOL_SCI 215-CN

This course is the first of a four-course sequence that is completed with BIOL SCI 217 in the fall quarter, BIOL SCI 308 in the winter and BIOL SCI 219 in the spring. The genetics and molecular biology course covers the principles of inheritance; gene function; mechanisms by which DNA is replicated, transcribed into RNAs, and translated into proteins; and the basics of the process of natural selection. This is an asynchronous, remote course.

Prerequisite: one year of general chemistry with laboratory (CHEM 101, 102, 103 or CHEM 110, 131, 132).


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Cell Biology <> BIOL_SCI 219-CN

The cell biology course covers mechanisms that cells use to compartmentalize and transport proteins, to move, to regulate growth and death, and to communicate with their environments. This course was formerly BIOL SCI 216. Students who have previously taken BIOL SCI 216 should not register for this course.

A lab course, BIOL SCI 222, may be taken concurrently with this course. Prerequisite: CHEM 103 or 132.

 


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Genetic Molecular Process Lab <> BIOL_SCI 220-CN

Laboratory techniques and experiments in fundamental aspects of transmission genetics and molecular biology. Credit for this course is 0.34 units. Prerequisite: C- or higher in both BIOL_SCI 221 and CHEM 103 or 132.


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Cellular Processes Laboratory <> BIOL_SCI 221-CN

Laboratory techniques and experiments in fundamental aspects of cell biology. Credit for this course is 0.34 units. Prerequisite: grades of C- or higher in CHEM 103 or 132.


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Investigative Lab <> BIOL_SCI 222-CN

The Investigative Laboratory is a hypothesis driven, discovery based laboratory class. During the quarter, students will be engaged in independent laboratory research projects where they will design and implement their own experiments centered around a central theme. Credit for this course is 0.34 units. Prerequisite: grades of C- or higher in both BIOL SCI 221 and CHEM 103 or 132.


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Cellular and Molecular Processes Lab <> BIOL_SCI 232-CN

This is the first course in a three-quarter sequence of introductory biology laboratory. The course is designed to provide students with an authentic laboratory experience that investigates relevant scientific research and teaches scientific inquiry skills such as experimental design, writing research proposals, data collection, data analysis/interpretation, and the presentation of results. The experimental model revolves around atherosclerosis and macrophage phagocytosis of apoptotic cells. Students will learn and become proficient at various cell and molecular biology techniques.

This course should be taken concurrently with BIOL SCI 202. Credit not allowed for both BIOL SCI 221 and BIOL SCI 232. Students who have previously completed BIOL SCI 221 should not register for this course.


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Genetics and Molecular Processes Lab <> BIOL_SCI 233-CN

This is the second course in a three-quarter sequence of introductory biology laboratory. The course is designed to provide students with an authentic laboratory experience that investigates relevant scientific research and teaches scientific inquiry skills such as experimental design, writing research proposals, data collection, data analysis/interpretation, and the presentation of results. The experimental model revolves around aggregate prone proteins in nematodes and how RNA interference (RNAi) can be used to affect protein folding and the clearance of protein aggregates. Students will learn and become proficient at various cell and molecular biology techniques.

Credit not allowed for both BIOL SCI 220 and BIOL SCI 233. Students who have previously completed BIOL SCI 220 should not register for this course.

Prerequisite: BIOL SCI 232


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Investigative Lab <> BIOL_SCI 234-CN

This course is the culminating life-science lab experience in the biology lab sequence. Students design and generate reagents that can be used in larger experiments. The topic varies from year to year, but typically revolves around the sub-cloning of a specific gene fused to a reporter for detection.

Credit not allowed for both BIOL SCI 222 and BIOL SCI 234. Students who have previously completed BIOL SCI 222 should not register for this course.

Prerequisite: BIOL SCI 233.


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Biochemistry <> BIOL_SCI 308-CN

This course covers basic concepts in biochemistry, emphasizing the structure and function of biological macromolecules, fundamental cellular biochemical processes, and the chemical logic in metabolic transformations.

Students who have previously completed BIOL SCI 218 should not register for this course.

Prerequisites: BIOL SCI 217 and CHEM 210-A.


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Quantitative Problem Solving in Chemistry <> CHEM 110-CN

Solution strategies for traditional word problems and their application to basic chemistry quantitative problems: dimensional analysis, chemical equations, stoichiometry, limiting reagents


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General Chemistry 1 <> CHEM 131-CN

Quantum mechanics, electronic structure, periodic properties of the elements, chemical bonding, thermodynamics, intermolecular forces, properties of solids and liquids, special topics in modern chemistry. Must be taken concurrently with the CHEM 141-CN General Chemistry I Lab. Prerequisite: completion of CHEM 110-CN (grade of C- or better), or current enrollment in CHEM 110-CN.


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General Chemistry 2 <> CHEM 132-CN

Solutions and colligative properties, chemical equilibrium, aqueous solution equilibria, chemical kinetics, metals in chemistry and biology, oxidation-reduction reactions and electrochemistry, special topics in modern chemistry. Must be taken concurrently with CHEM 142-CN General Chemistry Lab 2. Prerequisite: completion of CHEM 131-CN and CHEM 141-CN (grade of C- or better), or current enrollment in CHEM 131-CN/CHEM 141-CN.


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General Chemistry 1 Lab <> CHEM 141-CN

Chemical analysis of real samples using basic laboratory techniques including titration, colorimetric analysis, density measurements, and atomic spectroscopy. Planning, data collection, interpretation, and reporting on experiments. Credit for this course is 0.34 units. Must be taken concurrently with CHEM 131-CN General Chemistry 1. Prerequisite: completion of CHEM 110 (grade of C– or better), or current enrollment in CHEM 110-CN.


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General Chemistry Lab 2 <> CHEM 142-CN

General Chemistry Lab 2 is a laboratory course in which techniques applied to materials science and nanotechnology, acid-base chemistry, and chemical kinetics will be employed. Major objectives involve work involving planning, data collection, interpretation, and reporting on experiments. Credit for this course is 0.34 units. Must be taken concurrently with CHEM 132-CN General Chemistry 2. Prerequisite: completion of CHEM 131-CN and CHEM 141-CN (grade of C- or better), or current enrollment in CHEM 131-CN/CHEM 141-CN.


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Organic Chemistry <> CHEM 210-A

This course is the first of a three-course sequence that is completed by CHEM 210-B in the winter quarter, and CHEM 210-C in the spring quarter. Basic concepts of organic chemistry will be presented, including hybridization, resonance, nomenclature, stereochemistry, and reaction mechanisms. The preparation and reactions of alkyl halides, alkenes, alkynes, and alcohols will also be covered. There will be some additional lectures, to be arranged once the quarter begins. Prerequisite: completion of General Chemistry Sequence (CHEM 110, 131, 132 and 141, 142) with a grade of C- or better, or equivalent transfer credit with qualifying score on the Chemistry Placement Exam.


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Organic Chemistry <> CHEM 210-B

CHEM 210-B is the second course in a three-term sequence in organic chemistry. It covers the chemistry of the major oxygen- and nitrogen-containing functional groups, as well as the chemistry of aromatic compounds. Mechanism is emphasized in the study of these materials. The course includes a laboratory component which includes an introduction to basic organic laboratory techniques, as well as the preparation, purification and characterization of organic substances. Must be taken concurrently with CHEM 230-B Organic Chemistry II Laboratory. Prerequisite: completion of CHEM 210-A (grade of C- or better), or current enrollment in CHEM 210-A.


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Organic Chemistry III <> CHEM 210-C

This course builds upon the fundamentals developed in CHEM 210-A,-B. It covers chemistry of polyfunctional compounds of biological and medicinal interest, as well as modern organic synthesis, bioorganic chemistry, and recent developments in organic chemistry. The laboratory provides training in qualitative organic analysis and multistep synthesis. Must be taken concurrently with CHEM 230-C Organic Chemistry III Laboratory. Prerequisite: completion of CHEM 210-B (grade of C- or better), or current enrollment in CHEM 210-B. 


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Organic Chemistry I <> CHEM 215-A

Foundational concepts in organic chemistry will be introduced. Topics include structure and properties of common functional groups, acidity/basicity, conformational analysis, stereochemistry, and reactivity of organic compounds. The chemistry of hydrocarbons, alkyl halides, and alcohols, ethers, and carbonyl compounds will be included.

This course should be taken concurrently with CHEM 235-A Organic Chemistry Lab I.

Prerequisite: completion of CHEM 132 and CHEM 142 with a grade of C- or better, or equivalent transfer credit with qualifying score on the Chemistry Placement Exam.


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Organic Chemistry II <> CHEM 215-B

Fundamental concepts in organic chemistry will be covered. The topics will include important functional groups and will include: nomenclature, structure, properties, and multi-step synthesis. Reaction mechanisms for organic transformations will be presented, and synthesis strategies will be covered. The chemistry of pi systems and aromatic ring system, amines, and carboxylic acids and their derivatives, and enol/enolate species will be included.

This course should be taken concurrently with CHEM 235-B Organic Chemistry Lab II.

Prerequisite: completion of CHEM 215-A and CHEM 235-A with a grade of C- or better.


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Advanced Organic Chemistry <> CHEM 215-C

Advanced concepts in modern organic chemistry will be introduced. The material will focus on recent developments in synthetic organic chemistry, including: concerted/pericyclic reactions, catalysis, green/environmental chemistry, automated synthesis, and combinatorial/screening methods. Additional topics will include an introduction to materials and polymer chemistry.

This course should be taken concurrently with CHEM 235-C Advanced Organic Chemistry Lab.

Prerequisite: completion of CHEM 215-B and CHEM 235-B with a grade of C- or better.


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Organic Chemistry II Lab <> CHEM 230-B

This is the laboratory course associated with CHEM 210-B Organic Chemistry II. The lab provides instruction in experimental techniques of modern organic chemistry emphasizing chemical separations, spectroscopic characterization, and reactions of alkanes, alkenes, alkyl halides, alcohols, carbonyls, esters, and aromatic compounds. Credit for this course is 0.34 units. Must be taken concurrently with CHEM 210-B Organic Chemistry. Prerequisite: completion of CHEM 210-A (grade of C- or better), or current enrollment in CHEM 210-A.


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Organic Chemistry III Lab <> CHEM 230-C

This is the laboratory course associated with CHEM 210-C Organic Chemistry III. The lab covers experimental techniques of modern organic chemistry emphasizing chemical separations, spectroscopic characterization, and reactions such as amide synthesis, Grignard reaction, aldol condensation, Robinson annulation, and Diels-Alder reaction. Credit for this course is 0.34 units. Must be taken concurrently with CHEM 210-C Organic Chemistry III. Prerequisite: completion of CHEM 210-B (grade of C- or better), or current enrollment in CHEM 210-B.


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Organic Chemistry Lab I <> CHEM 235-A

Standard laboratory techniques in organic chemistry will be covered. Techniques will focus on the isolation and purification of organic compounds as well as the use of spectroscopic methods to determine identity and purity. The results of the technique-based modules will be communicated by completion of short on-line worksheets. One complete organic experiment, including reaction set-up, product isolation, and preparation of samples for characterization will be performed. The results of the complete experiment will be communicated in a full formal lab report.

This course should be taken concurrently with CHEM 215-A.

Prerequisite: completion of CHEM 132 and CHEM 142 with a grade of C- or better, or equivalent transfer credit with qualifying score on the Chemistry Placement Exam.


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Organic Chemistry Lab II <> CHEM 235-B

Complete laboratory experiments focusing on standard synthetic organic chemistry will be conducted each week. Students will complete a prelab worksheet including stoichiometric calculations, prediction of reaction outcome, and identification of safety protocols. During lab sessions, experimental work including chemical measurement, reaction setup/workup, and product purification will be performed. Product characterization using spectroscopic techniques will be required. Reports from experimental work will be reported in formal lab reports following guidelines from peer-reviewed journals.

This course should be taken concurrently with CHEM 215-B.

Prerequisite: completion of CHEM 215-A and CHEM 235-A with a grade of C- or better.


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Advanced Organic Chemistry Lab <> CHEM 235-C

Advanced concepts in modern organic chemistry will be introduced. The material will focus on recent developments in synthetic organic chemistry, including: concerted/pericyclic reactions, catalysis, green/environmental chemistry, automated synthesis, and combinatorial/screening methods. Additional topics will include an introduction to materials and polymer chemistry.

This course should be taken concurrently with CHEM 215-C.

Prerequisite: completion of CHEM 215-B and CHEM 235-B with a grade of C- or better.


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College Physics I <> PHYSICS 130-A

This is the first quarter of a three-quarter algebra-based physics course with lecture and laboratory. Physics is the most basic of the sciences, dealing with the behavior and structure of matter. Lectures and labs illustrate physical principles: mechanics, motion, momentum and energy, and fluids. Continues in winter and spring quarters as PHYSICS 130-B, C. 

Requires concurrent enrollment in the PHYSICS 131-A lab. Two lab sections are available in in Fall 2021; lab times are Tuesdays 8:00-9:50 pm or Saturdays 2:00-3:50 pm.

Prerequisite: college algebra or higher college math course.


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College Physics II <> PHYSICS 130-B

This course is the continuation of PHYSICS 130-A algebra-based physics with lecture and laboratory; the sequence concludes with PHYSICS 130-C in the spring quarter. Harnessing the forces of electrical power; how they have altered the way we live and perceive ourselves in the universe. Lecture demonstrations illustrate physical principles: electricity and magnetism, DC and AC circuits. Must be taken concurrently with PHYSICS 131-B Physics Laboratory II. Labs will meet for the first time after the first lecture session. Prerequisite: completion of PHYSICS 130-A or current enrollment in PHYSICS 130-A.


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College Physics III <> PHYSICS 130-C

This course is the continuation of PHYSICS 130-A,B. Wave motion, optics, and introduction to the basic concepts of modern physics including quantum mechanics, relativity, and atomic physics. The course focuses on conceptual understanding of basic physical principles and their real-world applications. Demonstration experiments will be used to illustrate physical phenomena and concepts. Must be taken concurrently with PHYSICS 131-C Physics Laboratory III. Lab times are Tuesdays 8:00-9:50 pm or Saturdays 2:00-3:50 pm. Labs will meet for the first time after the first lecture session. Prerequisite: completion of PHYSICS 130-B or current enrollment in PHYSICS 130-B.


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Physics Laboratory I <> PHYSICS 131-A

This is the laboratory course associated with PHYSICS 130-A and must be taken concurrently. Credit for this course is .34 units.


 


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Physics Lab II <> PHYSICS 131-B

This is the laboratory course associated with PHYSICS 130-B and must be taken concurrently. Credit for this course is .34 units.


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Physics Lab III PHYSICS 131-C

This is the laboratory course associated with PHYSICS 130-C and must be taken concurrently. Credit for this course is .34 units.


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