Required Coursework

Below you will find the list of courses for students interested in attending medical, dental, veterinary, and optometry schools.

REMINDER: It is critical that you discuss course selection options with your Academic Advisor and major/minor department faculty to make the most sound choices. In addition, you should always check with different health professional school in your area of interest (e.g. medical, dental, veterinary, etc) to ensure that you will be on track to apply to their particular programs in the future.

Medical School Preparation Coursework (allopathic, osteopathic, and podiatric)

Required:

One year of:
 • Biology with labs (e.g., BIOL 101/102 or higher)
 • Physics with labs (e.g., PHYS 111/112 or 131/13X or 151/152)
 • General Chemistry with labs (e.g., CHEM 121/122)*
 • Organic Chemistry with labs (e.g., CHEM 221/222)
 • English composition/writing-intensive courses

One semester of:
 • Mathematics-calculus or statistics based (e.g., MATH 125,  141, 161, 162 or 186. MATH 186 may be replaced by PSYCH 120 or biostatistics courses by petition)

*To enable subsequent course completion, students are advised to complete the first year of chemistry prior to beginning their sophomore year.

Additional required coursework for students applying to medical school and for their performance on the MCAT:

  •   Biochemistry (CHEM 351)
  •   Psychology (e.g., PSYCH 101)
  •   Sociology (e.g., A&S 103)

Dental School Preparation Coursework

Required:

  • 1 year of broad based biology with labs (e.g., Biol 101/102 or higher)
  • 1 year of general chemistry with labs (e.g., Chem 121/122)
  • 1 year of organic chemistry with labs (e.g., Chem 221/222)
  • 1 year of introductory physics with labs (e.g., Phys 111/112 or Phys 131/13X or Phys 151/152)
  • 1 year of mathematics/statistics (e.g., Math 125 and 186, 161 and 162, or 161 and 186; 186 may be replaced by Psych 120)

Strongly Recommended:

  • 1 semester of biochemistry

Veterinary School Preparation Coursework

Required:

  • 1 year of broad based biology with labs (e.g., Biol 101/102 or higher)
  • 1 year of general chemistry with labs (e.g., Chem 121/122)
  • 1 year of organic chemistry with labs (e.g., Chem 221/222)
  • 1 year of Introductory physics with labs (e.g., Phys 111/112 or Phys 131/13X or Phys 151/152)
  • 1 year of mathematics/statistics (e.g., Math 125 and 186, 161 and 162, or 161 and 186; 186 may be replaced by Psych 120)
  • 1 semester of Biochemistry

Strongly Recommended:

  • 1 semester of Microbiology (e.g., Biol 225)

Optometry School Preparation Coursework

Required:

  • 1 year of broad based biology with labs (e.g., Biol 101/102 or higher)
  • 1 year of mathematics/statistics (e.g., Math 125 and186, 161 and 162, or 161 and 186; 186 may be replaced by Psych 120)
  • 1 year of general chemistry with labs (e.g., Chem 121/122)
  • 1 year of organic chemistry with labs (e.g., Chem 221/222)
  • 1 year of Introductory physics with labs (e.g., Phys 111/112 or Phys 131/13X or Phys 151/152)

Important Information Regarding AP Credit, Pass/Fail and Summer School

AP Credit:

While AP credit may sometimes be used to satisfy the mathematics and English/writing requirements, AP may not be used to satisfy the science requirements. This is because health professional schools want you to experience college-level science laboratory coursework.

Therefore, if you accept AP credit in one of the above sciences, you must take upper-level science courses with labs in the same science to satisfy the health school requirements.

If you have AP credit for English 110, it is advisable to take a 200-level English course.

Pass/Fail:

You should never take a science course on a pass/fail or credit/no credit basis. Health professions schools like to see that you are successful in a variety of disciplines and courses, therefore, they strongly discourage you from taking any class on a pass/fail or credit/no credit basis. Nevertheless, there may be a good reason to do so. However, before doing so, you should first discuss this option with Professor Nancy Waters, the HPAC academic advisor, or with Dean Julia Goldberg.

Summer School:

If you are planning to study abroad or major in the social sciences or humanities, you may want to take courses during the summer. However, remember that many health professions schools prefer that you not take your science with lab courses over the summer because they like to see how well you can handle those science courses with while taking a full academic course load. Therefore, before taking a required science class during the summer, discuss the idea with Professor Waters and/or Dean Goldberg.

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