- 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.
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.
- Any two of the following fulfill the requirement: Chemistry 1091, 1092, 1101, 1102, 1109, 2100, 2400, 2510
- Prospective science majors and students who plan to study abroad typically complete this sequence during their sophomore year.
- 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).
- Not required at most schools, but strongly recommended.
- We strongly encourage you to complete one semester.
- 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.
- 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).
- Most health care programs prefer that applicants have a background in these areas, and some require it.
First-Year Course Selection
When designing your schedule, work closely with your pre-major academic advisor to plan the most appropriate program to meet your individual needs. It is advisable to begin addressing the health professions requirements early during your college career, but it is a mistake to take courses for which you are not ready. Enroll in classes for which you have both the necessary academic preparation and the intellectual maturity. At the same time, be mindful of the recommended timeline for any field in which you may major and the distribution and division requirements you must complete. No two students’ course schedules are likely to be exactly the same!
Tips for Designing Your Schedule
- Don't hesitate to ask upper-class students questions about courses you're considering.
- Talk to the health professions advisor, as well, if you have questions about course requirements for any health care field.
- Try to design a semester that will be challenging without being overwhelming – in other words, one that will allow you to enjoy learning!