Most students will be best served if they enroll in only one, or at most two, science and math courses.
Students who are likely to be challenged by the transition to college will have a better chance of attaining their goals if they proceed at a slower pace in the sciences rather than to struggle through the courses before they have the appropriate foundation. A successful start to college is more important than a fast start, even if it ultimately necessitates completing some pre-health requirements after Bowdoin. In fact, in keeping with national trends, three-quarters of Bowdoin students entering health professions programs choose to matriculate two or more years after they graduate from Bowdoin.
The following is a list of the academic prerequisites for most medical and dental schools; programs in veterinary medicine and many allied health fields have a few additional requirements, as well. Note that AP credits are often not accepted as prerequisites in biology and chemistry, nor do all schools accept AP credit in physics. Please be aware that a major in the sciences is not required.