Route 1: Becoming a Pre-Med Student

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Route 1: Becoming a Pre-Med Student

Medical School Admission Requirements:

Most undergraduate institutions (including CU) do not offer a "Pre-Med" major. Successful candidates for entry into U.S. medical schools usually major in Biology or Chemistry, with care taken to ensure that they have had all of the following:

  • At least one year of majors-level Biology
  • At least two years of majors-level Chemistry (including a year of Organic Chem.)
  • One year of Physics
  • One year of English
  • One year of Mathematics or equivalent proficiency (some schools require Calculus)

Additional elective courses that may strengthen your background may include:

  • Biochemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Genetics
  • Vertebrate Zoology and/or Vertebrate Embryology
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Medical Ethics

Do I have to Major in Biology or Chemistry?

No, this is not absolutely necessary! You may have a major in business or the humanities, or perhaps in history or social science. The only requirement is that you complete all of the additional courses to satisfy medical school requirements (if you are not a science major, this may involve summer school or an additional one or two years of undergraduate study).

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