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Pre-Medical, Pre-Dental and Pre-Podiatry Checklists

In addition to the recommended coursework listed below, it is important to gain experience in the medical field. Shadowing, volunteering, and work experiences are crucial in demonstrating your dedication to a career in medicine or dentistry. For medical and dental school, scientific research is also recommended.

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Coursework

The minimum pre-requisite coursework for medical, dental, and podiatric programs are very similar and include the following:

Course Area Course Number
English, 1 year ENG 120, 212, 213 or 214
General Biology, 1 year with lab BIO 101-102
General Chemistry, 1 year with lab CHM 109-110
 
General Physics, 1 year with lab PHY 101-102
Math, 1 year MTH 231, MTH 232 or 270
Organic Chemistry, 1 year with lab* CHM 209-210, CHM 220-221*

*For many medical and dental programs, Biochemistry (CHM 321 or BIO 419) may substitute for one semester of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry Laboratory (Bio/Chm 420) may substitute for the second Organic Chemistry Laboratory.

Please note that these are only the minimum requirements so it is important that you take upper-level science courses, not only to show that you are capable of performing the coursework, but to gain knowledge and skills to handle a professional program once you have been accepted.

Courses specifically recommended by various medical schools:

  • Biochemistry (CHM 321, BIO 419, CHM 422, BIO/CHM 420); this class is highly recommended by most schools
  • Cell Biology (BIO 399)
  • Genetics (BIO 211)
  • Molecular Biology (Bio 480/481)
  • Psychology
  • Statistics (MTH 270)

 

Courses specifically recommended by various dental schools:

  • Anatomy and Physiology (BIO 238 & 239)
  • Biochemistry (CHM 321, BIO 419, CHM 422); note that some schools require Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology (BIO 399)
  • Genetics (Bio 211)
  • Histology (BIO 402)
  • Immunology (Offered as BIO 490)
  • Microbiology (BIO 316)
  • Molecular Biology (BIO 480/481)

 

Courses specifically recommended by various podiatric schools:

  • Anatomy and Physiology (BIO 238 & 239)
  • Biochemistry (CHM 321, BIO 419, CHM 422)
  • Cell Biology (BIO 399)
  • Histology (BIO 402)
  • Immunology (offered as BIO 490)
  • Microbiology (BIO 316)
  • Psychology