Pre-Medical Program


We take our pre-med program very seriously.
We work closely with our College of Osteopathic Medicine School across campus. While only 40 hours of biology are required for a biology major, we recommend 50+ hours to prepare a student for medical school.
Our Anatomy and Physiology classes have been redesigned from 8 semester hours to 12 semester hours. Human Anatomy 1 and 2 (BIO 244 and 245; 4 semester hours each) allow the student to explore anatomy at a much greater depth. Both courses meet weekly in the Gross Anatomy Laboratory allowing for the use of cadavers.
Additionally, we offer a Human Physiology course (BIO 275) for 4 semester hours of credit. The Advanced Human Anatomy course for seniors utilizes cadavers in the anatomy lab.
Our students who have taken these courses and gone on to medical school report that they were very well-prepared for anatomy classes in medical school.
All pre-med students take their first two cadaver laboratory-based courses in their freshman or sophomore years in order to ensure problems will not arise with upper level pre-med students not being able to handle cadavers.

Work Study

Pre-med students compete for several work study positions at William Carey. Work study positions are available in the WCU College of Osteopathic Medicine in the Rotations Department and in the Admissions Department.
Additionally, each year three students are chosen (usually in their junior year) to work in the medical school cadaver lab assisting with lab set-up, practical set-up, and assistance in studying the cadavers.
Two students are chosen in their senior year to assist the Human Anatomy 1 and 2 courses and the Advanced Human Anatomy as a work study/teaching assistant. These work study positions are highly competitive and provide students with in-depth experience.


Many of our pre-med courses are taught by medical school faculty and one faculty member has a dual appointment in both the medical school and the Department of Biological Sciences

Pre-Med Courses

Biology Courses

  • Foundations of B​i​o​l​o​g​y
  • Human Anatomy 1 & 2
  • Human Physiology
  • General Microbiology
  • Introduction to Pharmacology
  • Genetics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Vertebrate Embryology
  • Vertebrate Histology
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Immunology
  • Virology
  • Cell Physiology
  • Advanced Human Physiology

Chemistry Courses

  • Inorganic Chemistry 1 & 2
  • Organic Chemistry 1 & 2
  • Biochemistry 1 & 2

Physics Courses

  • Physics 1 & 2

Other Recommended Courses

  • Introduction to Pathology
  • Bioethics
  • Neurobiology
  • Advanced Physiology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Endocrinology

Contact us:
William Carey University
Biology Department
Dr. Thomas Rauch, Chair
710 William Carey Parkway
Hattiesburg, MS  39401