Medical School Basic Prerequisites

Medical schools in the US have generally required the following courses, although many have different requirements.  (The American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) also  recognizes that undergraduate course offerings differ by institution.) 

  • One year of General Biology 
  • One year General  Chemistry 
  • One year of Organic Chemistry 
  • One year of non-calculus based Physics
  • Biochemistry with a laboratory

Many schools require some college-level math, either a calculus and/or statistics course(s).

Note that beyond these basic requirements, medical schools may require additional courses. Consult the latest issue of the Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR) for specifics on particular schools. This book is on reserve in both the CSB and SJU library -- it is listed under pre-med advisors' names. It can also be ordered on-line from the Association of American Medical Colleges. Recently the MSAR is also available on CD-ROM which adds many useful search features. The CD can also be ordered from the AAMC Web site.

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