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Undergraduate Program in Medical Sciences

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Major in Medical Sciences

UC College of Medicine launched the Major in Medical Sciences commencing with the freshman class in fall 2015. 


The Major in Medical Sciences is an innovative pathway within the College of Medicine that will provide students with integrated academic, experiential, and mentored opportunities to prepare them for advanced training in medicine and biomedical sciences. In addition to taking courses that are required for the major, students will choose from a broad range of elective courses. Consultation with an academic advisor will allow the student to generate an individual development plan (IDP) (PDF) that best meets their career objectives. Students may also petition the major’s curriculum committee to select a course outside of those listed here for valid educational reasons.

During their first two years, students in this program will participate in Learning Communities, which develop a sense of camaraderie while students are taking the majority of their classes on west campus. The course Exploring Health Professions PD1000 serves as part of the First-Year Experience, allowing students to learn about opportunities in the health professions.

For their Capstone Experience in the senior year, students will select either the Health & Community: Service-Learning track or the Biomedical Research track. Students in the research track will have the opportunity to participate in original biomedical research with placements in cutting-edge laboratories in the College of Medicine and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

View the typical four-year curriculum (PDF) for students in the Major in Medical Sciences. Individual students' sequences will vary. Those students with AP credit may be able to choose more elective courses. 

Student Handbook

The Student Handbook provides valuable information for prospective and current students in the Medical Sciences major, and includes information on the program academic requirements, curriculum, advising, mentoring, the individual development plan (IDP), facilities and resources, and general information about UC.



Experiential Learning

UC's Office of the Provost states "all UC undergraduate students should engage in at least one type of experiential learning during their program. Ideal facilitation of experiential learning involves preparation and placement of students into contextual environments where they can practically apply knowledge and skills gained at the university, and subsequently to engage students in meaningful reflection upon these authentic experiences.

As the founder of cooperative education in 1906, the University of Cincinnati continues to innovate and expand its realm of experiential education.  As part of Integrated Core Learning, this innovative approach seeks theory-practice integration, contextual complexity, and community engagement to develop and nurture learning that is self-directed, integrative, and transformational."

What Does Experiential Learning Look Like?

Experiential learning can take many forms. Some of the ways Medical Sciences students can participate in experiential learning are:

  • International Experiences
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Service Learning
  • Clinical


Click here for more details on experiential learning attributes, their definitions, and course identifiers.

Photo of Medical Sciences student in Uganda
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McMicken Hall on West Campus

Photo of Medical Sciences major in Spain


The integrated academic, experiential, and mentored opportunities based out of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center provided by the Undergraduate Program in Medical Sciences attracted me to the major; the personal, individualized investment and welcoming into the Medical Sciences ‘family’ that members of the program extended towards me cemented my desire to join this world-class cohort of faculty, staff, and students.

In no other academic institution or program, either Ivy League or research-institution-based, could I ever dream of, let alone accomplish, co-founding and operating a campus-wide Ambassadors Program that spans both the undergraduate and medical college—before the start of my freshman year. The passion and dedication of my fellow Medical Sciences classmates in pursuit of their dreams—and the guidance and friendship they offer along the way—serves as a daily reminder that this university, and program, is where I am meant to be.

- Scottie, Medical Sciences major, class of 2019