Pre-Medicine: Chemistry (BS)
Chemistry — the study of matter — is the basis of everything. And it’s also an excellent foundation for medical school.
- Available as
- Bachelor of Science
- 4 years
- Fort Wayne
Why Choose a Pre-Med Chem Program?
Chemistry is one of the most valuable undergraduate majors for future med school students and for good reason. It’s closely linked to other scientific disciplines and is central to understanding all aspects of the natural world.
A pre-med chem program offers a comprehensive background in inorganic, organic, physical, and analytical chemistry. The experimentation and problem-solving skills you will hone in this major also align well with fast-growing, innovative fields such as biotechnology, forensic science, and medicinal chemistry — preparation suitable for immediate hire or graduate programs.
Why Saint Francis’ Pre-Med Chem Program?
The University of Saint Francis has a strong reputation for preparing our graduates to serve others as compassionate, socially responsible healthcare professionals. Our comprehensive, rigorous pre-med curriculum, along with enriching hands-on experiences and one-on-one advising, will prepare you well for the MCATs and medical school admissions.
National median salary for physicians and surgeons
Best-paying job in the United States (U.S News & World Report, 2020)
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Best job in healthcare (U.S News & World Report, 2020)
Accelerated MD and Graduate Degree Options
Saint Francis’ pre-med chem program offers students several opportunities for accelerated admission to graduate and professional school.
Pre-Med to DO Program with Marian University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine
A sister Franciscan institution, the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Marian University Indianapolis offers a faith-based approach to physician training. Our partnership offers two options:
- Early Acceptance Track – guarantees an admission interview in September of your senior year, with a final decision by Sept. 30.
- Guaranteed Interview Track – offers an admission interview in October of your senior year, with an admissions decision within one week
View admissions requirements.
Pre-Med to Master of Pharmacogenomics at Manchester University
Pharmacogenomics (PGx), also known as personalized medicine, is one of the fastest-growing scientific disciplines. A master’s degree in PGx prepares you for careers in medicinal chemistry, genetic testing, and pharmaceuticals, and for medical school and Ph.D. programs.
- Our partnership reserves spots in its on-campus for four qualified Saint Francis students
View admissions requirements.
Personalized Pre-Med Advising
Saint Francis’ pre-med chem program offers one-on-one advising from a medical school admissions expert, who will help:
- Determine the best medical schools and programs for you
- Develop your medical school admissions materials
- Ensure you meet med school application deadlines
- Prepare you for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
Real-World Experiences: Research and Internships
Pre-med students interested in research, medicine, pharmaceuticals, and medicinal chemistry get hands-on experience in professional settings through internships and on- and off-campus research.
Internship sites include research labs, medical device manufacturers, and healthcare facilities throughout the region, including:
- Cooke Polymer Technology
- Fort Wayne Metals Lab
- A&L Great Lakes Laboratory
- Bethesda Lutheran Communities
And pre-med chem program students have conducted research with faculty scientists at Saint Francis, as well as through fellowship at off-site labs:
- Argonne National Laboratory
- American Chemical Society Nuclear and Radiochemistry Summer School
- Midwestern Alliance for Healthcare Education Program (Parkview Health)
Lead Paint Project Bringing Meaning to Lab Work
Since 2017, Saint Francis chemistry majors have teamed up with the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health to test and analyze area homes for lead-based paint. This community-based project opportunity connects chemistry to public health, medicine, and environmental science. Read the full story.
“The Chemistry Department at Saint Francis played a pivotal role in shaping my career by providing crucial support. The dedicated faculty consistently recognizes and nurtures the potential of each student, fostering an environment where academic flourishing is not just encouraged but inevitable.”Talitha (Frecker) VanWie, ’13 Earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry at Vanderbilt University
Associate Director of Technology Development at Lantha Sensors
“At Saint Francis, my classes are providing the solid foundation and hands on experience necessary for learning and retaining the information for the future. My professors have expanded my thought processes so I can connect material and think beyond the class in a personable way.”Ella Dubbs ’26 Pre-Medicine Chemistry major
Faculty and Facilities
Inside the Achatz Hall of Science, a Distinction Winner in Spaces4Learning’s 2020 Educational Design Showcase, you will learn, experiment, and discover in state-of-the-art chemistry labs equipped with high-tech equipment, tools, and instrumentation.
Your dedicated pre-med professors have a diverse range of research interests and professional experience:
- Community health education
- Epidemiology/population health
- Forensic chemistry
- Inorganic chemistry
- Medical ethics
- Organic chemistry
You will also learn and work with instructors and lab staff who are active practitioners, clinicians, technicians and healthcare business professionals who bring up-to-date skills, research and best practices to the classroom
Campus and Community Involvement
Saint Francis students will find many ways to get involved on campus and in the community. Organizations that might appeal to pre-med and chemistry majors include:
- Kinesiology and Nutrition Club
- Pre-Professional Healthcare Honor Society
- Criminologists in Action
Medical School Acceptance: Graduate and Professional Programs
Our chemistry pre-med students have been accepted at into medical programs at institutions such as:
- Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Indiana University School of Medicine
- Indiana University School of Optometry
- Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Midwestern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine