Pre-Med Preparation

An excellent premedical preparation can be obtained at HMC. In fact, the college’s emphasis on the humanities and the social sciences is a valuable asset for premedical studies. While there is no specific premedical curriculum, a premedical program can be arranged through any of the majors, if supplemented by appropriate biology and chemistry course work. Most medical schools require, as a minimum, one year of physics and biology and four semesters of chemistry, including organic chemistry. Students interested in medicine or related fields, such as dentistry or veterinary medicine, should contact the pre-professional coordinator, Professor Karl Haushalter, at for advice.

Prospective pre-medical students considering HMC should realize that HMC’s technical requirements are considerably more demanding than in typical pre-med programs; however, HMC’s broad technical education can provide a firm foundation for a career in medicine, especially for those interested in medical research.

The Pre-Med Coordinator

Pre-Med Coordinator Karl Haushalter, assistant professor of chemistry and biology, can provide students with advice about applying to professional school in the health professions. HMC’s Biology Department has created a centralized system for sending letters of recommendation to medical schools, and has also organized occasional events, such as speakers and mock interviews for students preparing for medicine and related fields.

Pre-Health Advising Sakai (for HMC students only)

If you are interested in premedical studies, you should subscribe to the Pre-Health Advising Sakai site to receive announcements of events, deadlines, etc. To subscribe, go to “My Workspace” in your Sakai account and click on the links for “Membership” and then “Joinable Sites”. For additional information on joining Sakai sites, contact Computing and Information Services (CIS).

Information and Guidelines for Medical School Recommendations

The information and guidelines for using the centralized system for medical school recommendations are available as PDF files:

Online Resources