May 30, 2024  
2019-2020 University Catalog 
2019-2020 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Pre-Medical Engineering Studies Concentration for Interdisciplinary Engineering

Career Description

  • Students who take the Interdisciplinary Engineering Studies pathway (BS), frequently are interested in pursuing medical school programs after their undergraduate degree.
  • Two types of programs-allopathic medicine (M.D.) and osteopathic medicine (D.O.) are available to become a physician. The credentials, training, jobs, and available specialties are the same for both.
  • Allopathic and osteopathic physicians use a biological approach to healing. Physicians diagnose, treat, and work to prevent human illness and injury.
  • They perform examinations, analyze medical histories, order and interpret diagnostic tests and develop treatment plans.
  • Allopathic and osteopathic physicians are very similar in their approach to working with patients and the differences between them are more historical than current practice.
  • The osteopathic approach is patient oriented and uses a somewhat more holistic approach than allopathic medicine. Osteopathic medicine also incorporates a treatment modality-Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM)-which is a form of musculo-skeletal manipulation that is used both for diagnosis and treatment.
  • MDs and DOs practice in all the same specialties. Work is in progress to combine the two types of residencies.
  • Purdue University is one of the locations for the Indiana University School of Medicine. Marian University houses the osteopathic medical school in the state.

Developing an IDES degree pathway to become a physician

  • Students should complete a bachelor’s degree in a field of their choice (IDES) along with necessary prerequisite courses that prepare them for medical schools.
  • Medical school is a four year program followed by on the job training (residency) which will last 3-8 years. Subspecialization is accomplished through fellowships which can last several more years.
  • MDs and DOs are licensed by the state after passing an examination.
  • Physicians must also pass board exams for certification in specialty areas.


  • Observe physicians to make sure this is the right field for you and that you truly understand what it means to be an allopathic or osteopathic physician.
  • Medical schools will also want to see you can handle a heavy course load while being active in extracurricular activities, providing community service, and gaining medical experience.
  • While each medical school determines the courses it will require, the required courses are relatively standard and similar to the list below.
  • All required courses must have a minimum grade of C.
  • Other than Biochemistry, which is one semester and does not require a lab, the science requirements are typically 8-10 credit hours with two of those hours being lab.

Area Electives (29-32 credits)

The following are common medical school preparation prerequisites.  Some of the courses listed may be accomplished as part of your A/P credits, First-Year engineering curriculum, or IDES required core curriculum. Meet with an academic advisor to ensure all requirements of your IDES degree plan, and medical school are being met. 

General Chemistry with lab

CHM 115/116 normally accomplished through FYE curriculum. Or, selection of one to two other course options required.

Physics with lab

PHYS 17200 normally accomplished through FYE curriculum. Second course required from list below, or selection of two other options.

English (if required usually need 2 semesters)

First course generally accomplished through FYE curriculum.

Psychology (1 semester)

Sociology (1 semester)

Statistics (recommended)

A course in statistics is recommended; normally accomplished through required IDES core course.

Pre-Med Planning Seminar (optional)

BIOL 39600 is a 0 credit 10 week class covering how to apply to medical school and other health professions programs