The UMW Premedical Program

As is the case at most colleges and universities, premedicine at the University of Mary Washington is not an academic major. Rather, premedicine is a specialized pre-career program specifically designed to prepare students for traditional schools of medicine and for schools of osteopathic medicine. The program is comprised of specific course requirements, clinical requirements, elective extracurricular activities and optional research work that students must complete as part of their overall undergraduate curriculum.  The program also features advising and recommendation services that provide students with the guidance and support needed for medical school application submission.

The University’s Premedical & Predental Program Advisor is Stephen Gallik, Ph. D., Professor of Biology. Professor Gallik supervises the premedical & predental programs, monitors the academic progress of premedical & predental students and is available to UMW students seeking advice on issues concerning medical & dental school. He also chairs the Premedical / Predental Committee, a committee of qualified faculty charged with interviewing and evaluating premedical & predental students for the purpose of writing a committee-based recommendation for each student’s application.

You can reach Professor Gallik here:

Stephen Gallik, Ph. D.
331 Jepson Science Center
University of Mary Washington
1301 College Avenue
Fredericksburg, VA 22401


Appointments with the Premedical / Predental Advisor are available every Thursday throughout the fall and spring semesters.  Prospective students & parents planning to visit the UMW Fredericksburg Campus and wanting to schedule an appointment with the Premedical Advisor should e-mail Professor Gallik in advance to schedule an appointment.

UMW Premedical Program Requirements

Course Requirements

As of the fall 2013 semester, the UMW Premedical Program requires its students to take the following courses.  You should be able to successfully incorporate these courses into your overall UMW curriculum and within the framework of any UMW major program.  The UMW premedical course requirements are driven by VA medical school admissions requirements AND the changes that are coming to the 2015 MCAT.  The six sets of courses listed below are the traditional premed courses required by the vast majority of medical schools.   These courses may not be taken Pass/Fail, Credit/No Credit, or through a long-distance learning program.)

  • Biology 121 & 132 (Biol Concepts I, II)  – or –  Biology 125 & 126  (Phage Hunters I, II).
  • Chemistry 111 & 112 (General Chemistry I, II).
  • Chemistry 211 & 212 (Organic Chemistry I, II).
  • Physics  101 & 102  (Gen. Physics I, II)  – or-  Physics 105 & 106 (University Physics I, II).
  • English composition / writing: two semesters (6 credits).
  • Mathematics: two semesters (6 credits). Calculus & statistics are recommended.

The three courses listed below are additional required courses that meet the new topic areas that will be tested by the 2015 MCAT.

  • Chemistry 317 (Biochemistry I, 3 credits).
  • Sociology:  1 semester (3 credits).  One of the following courses is recommended:
    • Sociology 105, The Social World
    • Sociology 155, Social Issues
  • Psychology 100 (General Psychology, 3 credits).

Beyond these requirements, the following courses are highly recommended by some VA medical schools and provide an intermediate to advanced coverage of  many of the topic areas covered on the MCAT:

  • Cell Biology (Biol 340)
  • Genetics (Biol 341)
  • Histology (Biol 331)
  • Anatomy of the Chordates (Biol 301) – or – Human Anatomy (Biol 384)
  • Human Physiology (Biol 385)

AP Credits and Community College Credits

Most medical schools prefer students to complete all required pre-med courses at a four-year undergraduate institution.  Generally, medical schools will accept AP credits and Community College credits in fulfillment of these courses, provided UMW awarded you credits towards graduation (not just exemptions) and those credits appear on your transcript.  If you have questions regarding the acceptance of premedical AP or community college credits by a specific medical school, you should check the school’s web site.

Clinical Requirements

To obtain a UMW Premedical / Predental Committee recommendation, a UMW premed student must have a minimum of 100 hours of clinical experience at a licensed medical practice, clinic, or hospital, served over a minimum of two semesters. We highly recommend more than 100 hours served over at least three semesters. While some students enter UMW with clinical experiences from high school, students can begin fulfilling their clinical requirements as early as the second semester of their freshman year. This experience must be the type that provides students with opportunities to observe physicians at work. The University has informal affiliations with Fredericksburg-area hospitals & clinics to provide specific experiences to qualified UMW students. We encourage students to find similar opportunities at home during the summer.

Extracurricular Activities

Premedical students are encouraged to engage in extracurricular activities. While community service is always encouraged, a number of activities are very worthwhile:

Community service
Student government
Undergraduate research
Varsity sports
Club activities
Military service

Recommendation Services

Most medical schools and dental schools prefer a recommendation letter from the premedical / predental committee of an applying student’s undergraduate institution. The UMW Premedical Program provides comprehensive committee-based recommendations for those UMW Premedical Students that qualify. The recommendations are prepared by the Premedical / Predental Advisor in consultation with the UMW Premedical / Prerdental Committee, a committee of qualified faculty charged with interviewing and evaluating premedical & predental students for the purpose of writing a committee-based recommendation for each student’s application.