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Common Prerequisites

The following courses are the most commonly required by medical schools as prerequisites. Students should always check their prerequisite classes against their top choices of schools, as schools do vary by requirement.

  • MATH 153, 154 (Pre-Calculus)
  • MATH 172, 173 (Calculus)
  • PHYS 111, 112, 113 (Introductory Physics) OR PHYS 181, 182, 183 (General Physics)
  • BIOL 181, 182, 183 with labs (General Biology)
  • CHEM 181, 182, 183 with labs (General Chemistry)
  • CHEM 361, 362, 363 with labs (Organic Chemistry)

*Knowledge of Biochemistry (CHEM 431, 432, 433 with applicable labs) is required by the University of Washington and is an increasing requirement for many medical schools for the class of 2015 and beyond.

In addition, coursework in the following is strongly recommended:

  • BIOL 201 (Human Physiology)
  • BIOL 213 (Quantitative Methods in Biology)
  • BIOL 321 (Genetics)
  • BIOL 353 (Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy)
  • BIOL 354 (General Vertebrate Embryology)
  • BIOL 355 and 356 (Human Anatomy and Physiology)
  • BIOL 430 (Cellular Biology)
  • BIOL 455 (Zoophysiology)
  • PHIL 210 (Current Ethical Issues)
  • PHIL 308 (Medical Ethics)
  • BUS 241 (Legal Environment of Business)
  • ANTH 357 (Medical Anthropology)
  • MATH 311 (Statistical Concepts and Methods) *MATH 130 is a pre-requisite for this class
  • Humanities and Social Sciences electives, such as Sociology, Psychology, Humanities, or Literature.