Pre-Requisite Courses for Medical School

with a grade of C or better

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BIOLOGY
8-12 credits with lab

Biology I: BSCI 170/171 (Formerly BSCI 105)
Genetics: BSCI 222
Cell Bio: BSCI 330

Recommended:
Microbiology: BSCI 223 or 283
Mammalian Physiology: BSCI 440

CHEMISTRY
8 credits inorganic with lab +
8 credits organic with lab +
3 credits biochemistry


Chemistry I: CHEM 131 & 132
(Or CHEM 135 & 136)
Org. Chem I: CHEM 231 & 232
Org. Chem II: CHEM 241 & 242
Chemistry II: CHEM 271 & 272
Biochemistry: BCHM 463 or BCHM 461

MATH
3 credits

Calculus: MATH 130, 220, or 140

Strongly recommended/Required at some schools:

 Statistics: any STAT required for your major will count; BIOM 301 or STAT 464 are common for this requirement 

PHYSICS
8 credits with lab

Physics I: PHYS 121, 131, 141, or 161*/271***
Physics II: PHYS 122, 132, 142, or 260/261

ENGLISH
6 credits

Composition: ENGL 101
Advanced Composition: ENGL 390-398

CORE students must take two ENGL courses; SAT exemption will not count.

SOCIAL SCIENCES
6 credits

Recommended for MCAT:
Psychology: PSYC 100
Sociology: SOCY 100

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We strongly recommend all the above courses

These courses are often taken some time during the first year of professional school. Challenge yourself early and get introduced to the subject matter. This may help make your transition into the first year of medical school easier. In addition, students taking the MCAT in 2015 and after may encounter this content on the exam. 

 

 

*Be sure to take the MATH and PHYS courses required by your academic major. Engineering majors are required to take the following: MATH 141 -> PHYS 161 and Physics 260 & 261 

 

*Medical schools require two semesters of Physics with a lab. Students who have completed the first or the first two courses in the engineering sequence and decide to complete pre-med requirements have the following two options:

  1. Students who have completed PHYS 161, 260, and 261 can take PHYS 270/271 and complete that sequence, which would result in students completing more than minimally required by medical schools;

  2. Alternatively, students who complete PHYS 161 and either PHYS 142 or PHYS 260/261 must complete PHYS 271***. ENGR majors should know that PHYS 142 is not acceptable for the major. 

***PLEASE NOTE: Students can just register for PHYS 271; no special permission required.  Students should contact that instructor coordinating all of the PHYS271 sections at the beginning of the semester to inform them that they are taking PHYS271 as a stand-alone course. The students should also send a message to ugrad@physics.umd.edu, so that the Physics Department is aware of how many students are doing this.  The instructor will determine the grade for just the PHYS271 material.  

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