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Pre-Requisite Courses for Medical School

with a grade of C or better

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8-12 credits with lab

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

Microbiology: BSCI 223 or 283
Mammalian Physiology: BSCI 440

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

3-6 credits

Calculus: MATH 136, 120, or 140 (formerly 220 or 130)

Statistics is strongly recommended/required at some schools


8 credits with lab

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

6 credits

Composition: ENGL 101
Advanced Composition: ENGL 390-398

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

6 credits

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

Humanities and some social sciences are now required at certain institutions! Check out which ones here!

Other Pre-Health Social Science Electives to Consider - Click Here!

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.


*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 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. PHYS161 is the first course in a three-semester sequence of courses intended for engineering majors and does not include a lab; the labs for this sequence are included with the second and third courses. Some pre-med students only take the first two courses (PHYS161 and PHYS260/261) in this sequence and need to complete an additional lab to satisfy a pre-med requirement. PHYS261 is a mechanics lab, normally taken concurrently with the PHYS260 lecture course. Students who don't need to take the third course in this sequence (PHYS270/271) may take PHYS271 as a stand-alone lab course to satisfy the pre-med physics requirement. PHYS271 is an electricity and magnetism lab and is the most appropriate lab to take in this situation.

    Students who take PHYS161 but take PHYS132 or 142 instead of continuing with the second course in the engineering major sequence should take PHYS261 to compete the additional physics lab requirement. PHYS132 and PHYS142 include the lab as part of the course. The labs for these courses are electricity and magnetism labs. So in this situation, the student would be missing a mechanics lab and should take PHYS261.

    In a nutshell:

    Option I: PHYS161, PHYS260, PHYS261, and PHYS271

    Option II: PHYS161, PHYS132 or 142, and PHYS261.

  3. If credit was granted for AP PHYSICS C as PHYS 161 for 4 credits, this comes in as a lab science and fulfills the physics lecture and lab requirement

***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, 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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