Required and Recommended Courses

Although you’re not required to earn a bachelor’s degree in one of the sciences for admission to our school, you must complete at least half of the prerequisite courses before applying—and, if accepted, complete the balance before you matriculate.

Required Courses

You must take the following undergraduate courses:

  • Biology with a lab (with not more than one semester of botany): 2 semesters
  • General Chemistry with a lab: 2 semesters
  • Organic Chemistry with a lab: 2 semesters
  • Physics (lab optional): 2 semesters
  • English: 2 semesters

*If your School does not offer or combines any of the prerequisites outlined above, please ask either your Pre-Health Advisor to address the course in question in their Committee letter or the Department Chair/Science Professor writing a recommendation on your behalf. Additional information may be requested.  

Recommended Courses

We encourage you to augment your prerequisite courses with instruction in the following:

Social Sciences

We recommend that you take four courses in this discipline, considered as important for prospective medical students as those in the physical and biological sciences.


In addition to the prerequisite English courses, we recommend that you take two humanities courses.

Additional Courses

Based on our curriculum, we strongly encourage you to take a statistics course as well as courses in biochemistry, genetics and molecular biology.