Academic Planning

Recommended University of Maryland Pre-Requisite courses

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Academic Timeline

Academic Planning During Your College Career

1. Pre-Health Track: Taking the pre-requisites courses
Eligible students for a committee letter will have completed, with a grade of C or better, the following required courses: 2 courses in biology with a lab; 2 courses in general chemistry (with labs); 2 courses in organic chemistry (with labs); 2 courses in physics (with lab).  All of these courses must be completed by June 1 of the summer in which you plan to apply.
2. Choosing a Major: Choose a subject that you are passionate about!

Clinical / Volunteer / Research Opportunities

1. Found on and off campus

Admissions Process

1. Letters of Recommendation
2. Entrance Exams


1. Transition to campus climate & culture
2. Familiarize yourself with campus resources
3. Attend Pre-Health workshops
4. Enroll & successfully complete required prerequisite courses
  • Begin required math sequence
  • Begin required CHEM sequence in most cases 131/32 and 231/32
  • BSCI 105
5. Develop good study skills & habits
6. Identify Pre-Health student organizations
7. Identify volunteer & community service opportunities

Sophomore Year

1. Enroll & successfully complete required premedical courses
2. Meet with Academic and Pre-Health Advisor
3. Participate in Volunteer, Community service & Research opportunities, and particularly clinical experiences
  • Complete required math sequence
  • Continue with required CHEM sequence, 241/42 and 271/72 in most cases
  • Consider other 200 level BSCI recommended courses before moving on to cell biology
4. Research health professional schools
5. Consider a broad course selection
6. Identify courses/majors where you can develop strong foundations in critical thinking, writing, reading & communication
7. Develop relationships with professors

Junior Year - Senior Year 

  1. Attend the Pre-Health workshops  that cover the HPAO Committee Letter and application process
  2. DAT exam taken for dental school when offered (consult ADA web site for deadlines to register and for exam dates). Ideally by July of application year.
  3. Schedule prep courses for standardized tests if desired
  4. See Timeline  for applicants
  5. Submit common applications

Senior Year

1. Interviews
2. Admissions Offers
3. Graduate from College 

Information for Re-Applicants