Ben Vickery was interested in a career in medicine.
Ben wanted to try a different path to medical school than the traditional biology or chemistry undergraduate degree. Encouraged by trusted friends to consider IUPUI, he began exploring majors that would allow him to combine pre-med studies with a major more suited to his interest in athletics and physical activity.
“I found a really good fit with the exercise science program,” says Ben, a senior from Indianapolis. “The courses were interesting, and it was a way I could learn about physiology, be active and meet great people.”
With college credits he’d earned in high school, Ben was able to bypass some of the general entry-level courses, spending the majority of his freshman year at IUPUI completing science courses required for medical school. By the second semester of his sophomore year, he was taking primarily exercise science classes and was able to combine time in the classroom with rewarding service learning and research experiences.