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Prospective Students

Thank you for your interest in the Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences (IMS) Degree Program. This program is designed to provide a broad background to develop scientific and psychosocial knowledge, and an understanding of the healthcare team and the healthcare system. The degree includes health care career exploration through the IMS Experiential Service Learning Seminars series, and Senior Capstone course. Because of the rigorous science-based core, the experiential service learning hours, and the seminars, all three majors prepare students to take advantage of the many career options the healthcare field offers. More information about the degree program can be found here.

A huge part of the IMS degree program is the experiential learning and health related services students are required to complete each semester in order to graduate with this degree. An extra IMS Supplemental Application will be required when applying to any of our IMS Majors.

 After you have applied to FSU please be sure to submit our IMS Supplemental Application as well. 

Prerequisite Coursework

The following courses must be completed with a final grade of C- or better:
BSC X010, X010L Biological Science I and Lab and BSC X011, X011L Biological Science II and Lab
CHM X045, X045L General Chemistry I and Lab and CHM X046, X046L General Chemistry II and Lab
PSY X012 General Psychology
MAC X105 College Algebra
MAC X140 Pre-Calculus 
MAC X114 Trigonometry

The common degree pre-requisites for other similar majors in the State University System list the BSC X010, X010L, PSY X012 as pre-requisites but do not include CHM X045, X045L and MAC X140. BSC X085 and X086 are not required as pre-requisites for entry into the IMS major, but will be accepted as fulfilling major elective requirements.

IMPORTANT: Many of the core and upper level courses in the IMS degree have pre-requisites. Pre-calculus, trigonometry, and general psychology are required as they are pre-requisite courses for many of the IMS core and major elective requirements.

Prerequisites/corequisites: You are responsible for completing the prerequisites or corequisites required for courses in which you enroll. Some departments will drop you from a course if you do not have the required prerequisite. However, your failure to have completed appropriate prerequisites is not justification for you to request a course drop outside the normal procedures for course drops.
 

Transfer Policy    

Note: Students may not transfer into an IMS major from another major at FSU or add an IMS major as a second major after the first semester of their junior year (Fifth Term). Prospective transfer students and upper level students interested in the IMS majors should contact the IMS Mapping Coordinator with specific questions about major and mapping requirements.

Requirements for lower-division transfer students with less than 60 credit hours:

  • Meet FSU admissions requirements
  • Earn a C- or better in the following courses:
    • General Psychology
    • College Algebra
    • Pre-Calculus or Trigonometry (or higher math, not statistics)
    • General Chemistry I and Lab or General Biology I and Lab - for science majors
    • At least one English course (FSU requirement)
  • Be on track with mapping milestones for appropriate map terms 1-3 http://www.academic-guide.fsu.edu/
  • Complete IMS Supplemental Application by appropriate deadline
  • Before admission to FSU, we highly recommend students complete 32 - 96 experiential service hours in health related fields, that are patient centered and hands-on experiences. 

Requirements for upper-division transfer students with 60- 90 credit hours or with an AA Degree from a Florida Public Institution 

  • Meet FSU admissions requirements
  • Earn a C- or better in the following courses:
    • General Psychology
    • College Algebra
    • Trigonometry
    • Pre-Calculus (or higher math, not statistics)
    • General Chemistry I and Lab - for science majors
    • General Chemistry II and Lab - for science majors
    • General Biology I and Lab - for science majors
    • General Biology II and Lab - for science majors (recommended, not required)
    • Two English courses (FSU requirement)
  • Be on track with mapping milestones for appropriate map terms 1-5 http://www.academic-guide.fsu.edu/
  • Complete IMS Supplemental Application by appropriate deadline 
  • Before admission to FSU we highly recommend students complete about 96 -128 experiential service hours in health related fields, that are patient centered and hands-on experiences. 

Transfer students with 90+ credit hours:

This program is not recommended for students transferring with over 90 credit hours. It will be in the student's best interest to seek a different major. The reason is students who have over 90 credit hours already will not be able to 1) graduate in a timely fashion (there is a two year minimum for this program), 2) get the full benefits this program has to offer, and 3) gain the quality experiential learning required for this program. Also, FSU requires all transfer applicants to have demonstrated satisfactory academic progress. Applicants who will have attempted 90+ semester hours of college credit (including withdrawals and repeated courses) before enrolling at Florida State University must submit a personal statement to the office of Admissions at admsofficer@fsu.edu. The statement must address the reason(s) for transferring to FSU this late in the academic program and should also include a plan for a timely graduation.

Typically, students will be charged double the tuition rate for each credit hour beyond 132 hours for a normal 120-semester hour degree program as part of the excess credit surcharge law. For more information on the excess credit-hour surcharge, please refer to the Registrar's Office. Please contact the with any questions.

 

Requirements for Progression to the Upper-Division Major

Students must complete at least 52 credit hours with a minimum FSU GPA of 2.0, have most General Education requirements met, including both freshman English composition courses and both quantitative & logical thinking courses, pre-requisites for any upper division major elective coursework in the student’s academic program, including PSY2012 General Psychology, MAC1105 College Algebra, MAC1140 Pre-Calculus, and either BSC2010/L Biology I and/or CHM1045/L General Chemistry I, or be on track with mapping milestones.
 

Major Program of Studies at FSU 

A major in Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences requires completion of the core requirements (40-49 hours), 33 hours of major and major elective coursework, participation in on-going experiential learning activities, maintenance of an experiential portfolio, and completion of a capstone project. All courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better.
 

To prepare for a role in the healthcare of Floridians, the College of Medicine recommends proficiency in Spanish through the intermediate level (2220) or sign language through the advanced (2614 or equivalent) level.  

Submit the IMS Supplemental Application here