Pre-Med Recommended Courses

You can major in anything; pick something you are passionate about.  By taking courses you love, you will earn better grades.  While the courses below are generally correct, you should research the specific requirements and recommendations for your schools of interest.  Requirements vary from school to school.

Take these courses that are required by most medical schools:

      • BIOL 180 and 210 (Introductory Biology)   OR   BIOL 210 and 315 for Biochemistry Majors
      • CHEM 111 and 112 (General Chemistry)
      • CHEM 221 and 222 (Organic Chemistry)
      • PHYS 103 and 104 (or PHYS 201 and 202)

HPAG strongly recommends the following courses for preparation for the MCAT:

      • CHEM 341 (Biochemistry I)
      • PSYC 101 (Introductory Psychology)
      • SOCI 101 (Introductory Sociology)

Other courses recommended for medical school and the MCAT:

    • BIOL 230 (Human Anatomy and Physiology I)
    • BIOL 235 (Microbiology)
    • BIOL 260 (Human Anatomy and Physiology II)
    • BIOL 305 (Principles of Physiology)
    • BIOL 315 (Genetics)
    • BIOL 370 (Immunology)
    • BIOL 390 (Advanced Cell Biology)
    • BIOL 400 (Molecular Biology)
    • BIOL 420 (Developmental Biology)
    • CHEM 340 (Pharmaceutical Chemistry)
    • CHEM 342 (Biochemistry II)
    • SOCI 223 (Ethics and Medicine)
    • SOCI 323 (Health, Illness and Healing)