Students looking to pursue a career in medicine need not major in the sciences, however doing so does have its advantages since most medical school applicants do major in biology/life sciences, chemistry, or psychology (in that order). The basic requirements for successful entry into medical school are:

  • 1 year of general biology plus labs
  • 1 year of general chemistry plus labs
  • 1 year of general physics plus labs
  • 1 year of organic chemistry plus labs
  • Genetics
  • Upper division biology courseĀ  (at least one course at the 300 or 400 level)
  • 1 year of college level mathematics
  • 1 year of college English composition
  • Psychology

The pre-requisites for other professional schools and programs vary but can include the following additional courses:

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Microbiology plus lab
  • Immunology or Infection and Immunity
  • Biochemistry
  • Ethics
  • Additional Psychology courses
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Exercise physiology and/or kinesiology
  • nutrition
  • medical terminology
  • Comparative Anatomy

Students should familiarize themselves with the requirements of the specific programs to which they are interested in applying.