Medical School Course Prerequisites

Students should confirm prerequisites with the medical schools to which they are interested in applying.  Some schools may require additional courses not included below.  Check requirements in the MSAR (Medical School Admission Requirements) available in many book stores or at this link.

Check osteopathic medical school requirements if you are applying to D.O. schools. It is essential that you see a pre-medical advisor prior to planning your pre-med program!
Medical schools will consider students with any major as long as the medical school’s prerequisite requirements are met. 

Required By Most Schools
Requirement Course
1 year of Biology with Lab BIOL 1A and BIOL 1B
2 years of Chemistry with Lab CHEM 1A, CHEM 1B, CHEM 128A, CHEM 128B,
CHEM 129A and often CHEM 129B
1 year of English Two English classes can be incorporated into the general education requirements.

ENGLISH 5A and 5B or ENGLISH 10 and ENGLISH 20 or ENGLISH 160W
Math (variable with school) MATH - requirements differ from school to school. Some schools stipulate no requirements, while many require one year of college-level math. A one-year college-level math requirement can be met with one semester of calculus (e.g., Math 70 or 75) and a statistics course (Psychology 42 or Math 101). Some will accept a computer science course. Check requirements of schools in which you are interested.

 

Courses Required by Some Medical Schools
Requirement Course
Biochemistry CHEM 150 or CHEM 155A & 155B—Biochemistry is highly recommended by many medical schools and should be taken before entering medical school.
Statistics (variable with school) MATH 101 or PSYCH 42 (see math requirements above)
1 semester of Behavioral Sciences  

 

Courses Which May Help with the MCAT and Are Highly Recommended
Highly Recommended Course
Physiology BIOL 65 or BIOL 172
Genetics BIOL 102
Cell Biology BIOL 103
Molecular Biology BIOL 150