Course Requirements

Minimum Requirements for Medical and Dental School

  • Biology: BIOL 1107 + 1108
  • Chemistry: CHEM 1124 + 1125 + 1126 or CHEM 1127 + 1128
  • Organic Chemistry: CHEM 2443 + 2444 +2445
  • Biochemistry: MCB 2000 (requirement varies for dental schools)
  • Physics: PHYS 1201 + 1202 (w/ Algebra) or PHYS 1401 + 1402 (w/ Calculus) or PHYS 1501 + 1502 (for engineers)
  • Math/StatisticsMath requirements vary
    • the majority of medical schools will expect one year of Calculus or one semester of Calculus + one semester of Statistics
    • some dental schools require one year of Calculus; the DAT includes basic Algebra
  • English: One year (two semesters) of English classes
  • Strongly suggested science courses:
    • Genetics: MCB 2400/2410
    • Cell Biology: MCB 2210
    • Microbiology: MCB 2610 (required by some dental schools)
  • Suggested Behavioral and Social Sciences:

To explore the required and recommended pre-medical coursework for each school, including AP, community college and online course credits, please review the AMCAS MSAR Reports' Premedical Coursework Chart.

NOTE: The specific courses recommended by the Pre-Medical & Pre-Dental Advising Office will meet the admission requirements of the ​majority​ of the 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​ (MSAR) or ​ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools to discover any course(s) specially required by that school.

 

As a way to help plan the trajectory of your coursework, review our Sample Course Timeline below. Note that only courses highlighted in yellow are required courses.  This represents the "traditional" timeline that sets students up to go straight into a health professions program after graduation—it does not account for a gap year trajectory or pursuing a pre-health path after freshman year, both of which are extremely viable and valuable options. Plans will vary for every student depending on your major and when you decide to dedicate yourself to a pre-health path, so make sure to discuss your plan with our office and your normal academic advisor.

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Course Breadth, Depth and Rigor Expectations

Professional programs review applicants' transcripts for the breadth, depth and rigor of their coursework. As one pursues their pre-health track, they should keep in mind these three key factors and specifically how their classes speak to and fulfill these different areas.

Breadth

Breadth in coursework typically refers to pursuing upper-level courses in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Programs are becoming increasingly interested in seeing that their applicants not only have a background in the natural sciences but other areas as well, a trend evidenced by the new section of the MCAT entitled "Psychological, Social and Biological Foundations of Behavior."

Examples of appropriate subject areas to explore at the psychological sciences, statistics, anthropology, and sociology. Applicants might also consider pursuing language courses as a way to enhance their cultural competence.

UConn offers a great range of social science courses that appeal to pre-health students, such as Illness and Curing (​ANTH 3202W​), Global Health and Human Rights (​ANTH 3326​), Sociology of Health (​SOCI 3451​), and Racial Disparities in Health (​SOCI 2250​).

Our office has compiled a list of health-related courses offered on campus. We encourage students to look through this list and consider what courses appeal to them. We also highly recommend that students explore the broader ​UConn Course Catalog​ to familiarize themselves with what is being offered outside of their major-related courses.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit at least one letter of recommendation from a non-science faculty to demonstrate their successful engagement with this range of coursework.

Depth

Depth in coursework typically refers to pursuing upper-level courses within your major or area of interest.

Applicants are expected to showcase a depth of study that is rich and focused on cultivating strong knowledge around one or a few subject areas.

For example, if one is interested in the area of genetics, they might begin by taking Human Genetics (MCB 2400) and continue on to take Gene Expression (MCB 3201) and Research Literature in Comparative Genomics (MCB 3843W).

In addition to traditional coursework, applicants should consider further depth of study by engaging in independent research through the university or elsewhere. Participating in research shows initiative and curiosity, and has great potential to develop strong critical thinking and scientific inquiry skills.

Rigor

Rigor in coursework typically refers to pursuing upper-level courses that necessitate a certain level of academic dedication.

Applicants are expected to demonstrate that they are capable of handling a demanding course load and rising to challenges.

Admissions committees want to see that applicants will be able to adjust to the rigor of their program's course load—as such, applicants are encouraged to explore and enroll in 3000- and 4000-level classes. Participating in these classes can also help applicants develop a sense for what kind of health career they might be interested in pursuing.

Advanced Placement (AP) Credits

Universities have varying policies when it comes to accepting Advanced Placement (AP) credit. The majority of health professions schools will accept AP credit if it is supplemented by upper-level coursework in that discipline. We strongly recommend that prospective health professions students double-check with their schools and programs of interest for the most recent information. Other resources for exploring coursework and prerequisite expectations are the Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR) tool and AMCAS's 2022 MSAR Report for Premedical Coursework that each school requires and recommends.

For information regarding the UConn School of Medicine's AP credit policies, please visit their FAQ page.

The recommendations below will satisfy most schools' requirements for pre-health study. We encourage students to contact the office if they are unsure about their credits. Please visit UConn Undergraduate Admissions' website for information about AP Credit. To explore upper-division courses that might be of interest, use the UConn Course Catalog.

Biology

Students entering with AP credit for one full year of Biology should take at least one upper-division course in a Biology discipline (BIOL, MCB, PNB, EEB) to supplement their studies. Some suggested courses are Genetics (MCB 2400 or 2410), Cell Biology (MCB 2210 or 2215[honors]) or Microbiology (MCB 2610).

For students that have satisfied the Introductory Biology sequence but are considering retaking a course at the collegiate level, our office recommends that students take BIOL 1107 as opposed to BIOL 1108. This course is more applicable for MCAT preparation.

Chemistry

Students entering with AP credit for one full year of General Chemistry should take at least one upper-division course in a Chemistry discipline to supplement their studies.

For students that have satisfied the Introductory Chemistry sequence but are concerned about having the proper preparation for the Organic Chemistry sequence, keep in mind that these sequences are actually quite different in form and content. As such, it is not typically essential to retake the General Chemistry sequence.

Calculus & Statistics

Students entering with AP credit for one semester of Calculus should consider taking another Calculus course to complete a full year of coursework. Students in this case might also consider taking a Statistics course in place of another Calculus course.

Students entering with AP credit for one semester of Statistics could consider taking one upper-division course in Statistics to "activate" this credit. Students in this case might also consider taking a Calculus course in place of another Statistics course.

Math/Statistics expectations differ for each health professions school; therefore, it is important to research programs of interest and determine what schools are seeking in terms of these credits. Typically, there is an expectation of either one year of Calculus or one semester of Calculus and one semester of Statistics.

Physics

Students entering with AP credit for Physics should ensure that their credits satisfy the year-long expectation of a Physics sequence. If students hold only one semester of credit, students will need to take at least one more Physics course with a Q (math-based) component such as PHYS 1230. Students that hold a full year of Physics credit will still need to take at least one upper-division course in Physics.

For students who want to show rigor in their coursework, they might consider taking the Physics sequence with Calculus (PHYS 1401/PHYS 1402)—for those pursuing a B.S., there is typically an expectation of one year of Calculus, so this sequence will follow naturally.

English

Students entering with one semester of AP credit for English will need to take at least one English course at the collegiate level to satisfy the year-long expectation of English courses. This does not have to be an upper-division course; it can be any English course that is of interest.

Students entering with two semesters of AP credit for English might still consider taking another English course, as English courses are valuable for MCAT preparation (specifically for the CARS section), and it will be helpful to take a course at the collegiate level.