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Undergraduate Medical Sciences Education

The Medical Sciences Program at IU School of Medicine-Bloomington is involved with the education of thousands of Indiana University undergraduate students each year, offering undergraduate courses in anatomy, physiology, health and disease, the medical science of psychoactive drugs, and other related topics.

A Minor in Medical Sciences is available to undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in the life sciences by participating in this program (requirements for the minor). Students should check with their major advisor to determine if the Medical Sciences Minor is an option for them.

Undergraduate students interested in research can arrange to work in the laboratory of a Medical Sciences Program faculty member, and undergraduates interested in teaching can apply for a paid Undergraduate Teaching Associate position.

Medical Sciences Undergraduate Programs

  • Medical Sciences Minor
    The Medical Sciences Minor provides undergraduates interested in a career in life sciences with a solid foundation to pursue future studies. Students considering allied health, exercise science, medicine, dentistry, optometry or nursing careers gain basic knowledge, experience and critical thinking skills by participating in this program. Students must check with their major advisor to determine if the Medical Sciences Minor is an option for them. If so, the recorder in the major school will add the Medical Sciences Minor to the student’s electronic record so it can be tracked. Majors in the College of Arts & Sciences may add this minor by logging in to the College of Arts & Sciences secure website. For more information, contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Medical Sciences Program.
  • Undergraduate Medical Sciences Courses
    The Medical Sciences program at IU School of Medicine-Bloomington offers numerous undergraduate courses that satisfy selected requirements for specific majors, and which may count for credit for the Medical Sciences Minor. These courses are also popular electives for many undergraduates who are not pursuing life science degrees. Explore the Medical Sciences undergraduate courses.
  • Undergraduate Teaching Associate Positions
    An Undergraduate Teaching Associate (UTA) in the Medical Sciences Program is a junior or senior undergraduate student with at least 60 credit hours completed and an overall GPA of at least 3.0. UTAs assists faculty, associate instructors and laboratory directors with the teaching mission of the program. UTAs primarily help in teaching laboratories but also assist in other essential roles as specified for each course. In return, UTAs develop communication and leadership skills and insight to how people learn. Participation in this program is reserved for the truly outstanding undergraduate student. A student must have completed the course for which he or she serves as a UTA. Read the UTA Handbook or contact the UTA Program Director for more information.