Course Requirements

Minimal Requirements for Medical School

Chemistry: 1124/1125/1126 or 1127/1128
Organic Chemistry: 2443/2444/2445
Physics: 1201/1202 or 1401/1402 or 1501/1502
Biology: 1107/1108
English: A year of English Classes
Biochemistry: MCB 2000
Strongly suggested: MCB 2400 or 2410 (genetics)
*The math requirements vary. Additional requirements for behavioral and social science vary by school. Students are advised to take psychology, sociology and statistics.

Minimal Requirements for Dental School

Chemistry: 1124/1125/1126 or 1127/1128
Organic Chemistry: 2443/2444/2445
Physics: 1201/1202 or 1401/1402 or 1501/1502
Biology: 1107/1108
Biochemistry: Most schools are moving to require biochemistry
English: A year of English classes
Strongly suggested: MCB 2400 or 2410 (genetics) and MCB 2210 (cell biology)
* The DAT exam includes basic algebra and some dental schools require a year of calculus.

A basic education in the liberal arts and sciences is the most common preparation for further schooling in medicine. While virtually every medical school requires basic courses in biology, chemistry (both inorganic and organic) and physics, many also require English and calculus or another college mathematics course. Successful applicants to medical school typically major in biology or a related area (about 50%) but also major in mathematics, engineering, physics, English, business, art, etc. Most medical schools require minimal courses in the natural sciences, mathematics and English.

Other undergraduate degrees and majors offered in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, or from other colleges and professional schools, may also be appropriate undergraduate preparation. In any case, before choosing a major, electing unusual courses, or following any uncommon academic pursuit, students are well-advised to discuss their plans with a member of the faculty Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Advising committee.

In addition, more advanced courses, either in the major and related groups, or as electives, is recommended. If you major in one of the natural science departments, you will likely exceed minimal premedical requirements in the basic sciences. Even so, you should consider further depth of study (e.g. independent research) beyond the minimal course requirements of your major.

Breadth of education too, in the form of upper-level courses in the arts, humanities and social sciences should also be pursued. For the non-science major, the minimal science requirements for medical school can become part of the distribution requirement or can be taken as electives. The selection of a major, guided by one’s intellectual and educational interests, should not be made merely on the presumption that this or that subject is what the medical schools are “looking for.” Once again, in making these choices, Pre-Medical advisors are available to work with you, in conjunction with your regular college or major advisor.

The specific courses recommended by the Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Advising program (see above) will meet the admission requirements of the majority of 125 medical and dental colleges in the United States. If you are interested in a particular medical or dental school, consult its catalog and/or the Medical School Admission Requirements book, or Dental Admission Requirements book, to discover any course specially desired or required by this or that medical school. Also, if you intend to enter dentistry or a health professional field other than allopathic (as practiced by MDs) medicine, the same recommendations apply, with certain minor alterations as may be required for an individual school or particular field. Generally, completion of a bachelor’s degree or an equivalent four years of academic work in the liberal arts and sciences is expected.