Pre-professional Programs - Medicine

For course descriptions in Medicine, see the Academic Course Catalog.

Advisors: Manuel Campos, Dave Huber, David Mitchell, Jeff Anderson

Medical schools do not require a degree in the sciences and, in fact, consider majors in any discipline to be acceptable for admission. What is required is a basic core of eight to ten chemistry, biology and physics courses which the medical schools consider necessary and sufficient background for the concentrated work in science at their institutions.

Admission to medical schools is competitive and the admission process considers courses, grades, performance on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT, taken during the junior year), personal interviews at the medical schools during the senior year and letters of evaluation.

Most medical schools require a minimum of the following:
____ BIOL 115, Concepts of Biology I (4) NS
____ BIOL 116, Concepts of Biology II (4)
____ CHEM 123, General Chemistry I (4) NS
____ CHEM 234, General Chemistry II (4) (QR)
____ CHEM 235, Organic Chemistry I (4)
____ CHEM 236, Organic Chemistry II (4)
____ BIOL 317, Introductory Biochemistry (4)

OR CHEM 331, Biochemistry (4)

____ PHYS 105, Physics for the Life Sciences I (4)
____ PHYS 106, Physics for the Life Sciences II (4)

One of the following:
____ ___________________________________ (4)
MATH 123, Essential Calculus (4) MT
MATH 124, Probability and Statistical Inference (4) MT

Specific requirements, however, vary from school to school. Students considering a career in medicine are urged to contact one of the pre-medical advisors early in their studies.

For more information, see the Pre-professional Health Programs website, the Pre-medicine webpage, or contact one of the pre-medical advisors.