Academic Prerequisites

Each medical school lists its specific requirements for admission in the directory "Medical School Admission Requirements" (MSAR), published annually by the Association of American Medical Colleges. Dental schools, schools of veterinary medicine, and other health professions programs have comparable publications. These resources can be accessed in the Office of Health Professions Advising or through these health field links.

The following list is applicable for the majority of medical and dental schools, and is the foundation for veterinary and other health care programs that have additional requirements, as well.  Please be aware that AP credits may not be used to fulfill the science prerequisites.

Biology: Two semesters with lab (at a level higher than Bio 1101).

  • Most students complete Biology 1109 or the 1101-1102 sequence by the end of sophomore year.
  • Only two college biology courses with lab are required, additional biology is strongly recommended. 

General or inorganic chemistry: Two semesters with lab. 

  • Any two of the following fulfill the requirement: Chemistry 1091, 1092, 1101, 1102, 1109, 2100, 2400, 2510 

Organic Chemistry: Two semesters with lab (Chemistry 2250 and 2260).

  • Prospective science majors and students who plan to study abroad typically complete this sequence during their sophomore year.

Biochemistry: One semester (Biology 2423, 2124 or 2432, or Chemistry 2310 or 2320).

  • Not required at most schools, but strongly recommended.
  • We strongly encourage you to complete one semester.

Physics: Two semesters with lab (Physics 1130 and 1140 - or 1140 and 2130, if placed out of 1130).

  • Physics 1130 and 1140 are calculus-based, and must be taken after completion of or concurrently with Math 1600 and 1700, respectively, unless you have placed out of these math courses. 


  • Most medical schools do not have a specific math requirement, but most value competence in calculus and statistics.
  • Math 1600 and 1700 are required for introductory physics.
  • Math 1050 may be a good starting point if you would like to strengthen your skills before jumping into calculus. 
  • Other courses to consider are Biostatistics (Math 1300) and Biomathematics (Math 2108/Bio 1174).
  • At present, some veterinary and many allied health programs require a semester of statistics, and it will likely become a prerequisite for most medical schools. Math 1200 and Psych 2520 are additional courses in statistics.

English: Two semesters are required by most health care programs.

  • Any First-Year Seminar, regardless of the department through which it is taught, will take the place of one semester of English.
  • Although in some instances schools will accept another writing-intensive course in lieu of an English class (with a letter from the professor), we urge you to take at least one course offered through the English Department (English 1070 or any course over 1100 are appropriate).

Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences: 

  • Most health care programs prefer that applicants have a background in these areas, and some require it.