Medical schools generally have the same set of prerequisites (listed below), but it is still important to research the schools you plan to apply to. Do your research early so you can schedule your coursework accordingly. Here is a list of typically required prerequisites for medical schools, in order to give you an idea of the type of courses you will be taking. Use this only as a launching-off point for your course planning.
What medical school programs require
- 2 semesters of Chemistry: CHEM 103 & 106
- 2 semesters of Organic Chemistry: CHEM 311 & 312
- 2 semesters of Physics: PHYS 121 & 122 or PHYS 141 & 142 or PHYS 151 & 152
- 2 semesters of Biology: BIOL 105 & 106
- English Literature: ENGL
What medical programs may require
- Calculus: MATH 151 & 152
What schools like to see
- Liberal Arts students
- People of service active in their communities
- High achievers and improvement
Note on Calculus: Calculus is strongly recommended for any student in the sciences. While some medical school programs require calculus, most do not. It is worth mentioning here however that many other graduate programs in the sciences generally require calculus.
Note on Physics: Physics 121 & 122 is algebra based. Physics 141 & 142 are calculus based, and intended for students only taking two semesters of physics. Physics 151 & 152 are calculus based and intended for students planning to continue beyond two semesters of physics. Biochemistry, chemistry, and physics majors are required to take PHYS 141 & 142 or PHYS 151 & 152.The algebra based Physics sequence is sufficient for fulfilling the requirements for medical school and by presenting a broader survey of the field may prepare you better for the MCAT exam. It is always best to take Physics before or during the year that you anticipate taking your entrance exams. Most students complete Physics II the same semester they take their MCAT or GRE. Taking the MCAT before taking Physics nearly always results in taking the exam a second time.