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Common Prerequisites

The following coursework is required by most medical schools.  These recommendations are based on the scope of knowledge covered in the 2015 MCAT.  Be sure to discuss all your coursework with your advisor.

  • ENG 101 and 102* - 8 credits
  • MATH 172*, 173 (Calculus) - 10 credits
  • PHYS 111, 112, 113 (Introductory Physics) OR PHYS 181, 182, 183 (General Physics) - 15 credits
  • BIOL 181, 182, 183 with labs (General Biology) - 15 credits
  • CHEM 181, 182, 183 with labs (General Chemistry) - 15 credits
  • CHEM 361, 362, 363 with labs (Organic Chemistry) - 13 credits

* part of basic skills required for CWU degree

UW Prospective Students:

The University of Washington requires that pre-med curriculum “must include college level chemistry and biology, biochemistry, molecular genetics, cell biology/cell physiology, although applicants are not required to take courses with these specific titles.” Click here for more information.

PNWU Prospective Students: 

  • English composition and literature: 9 quarter hours
  • General chemistry: 12 quarter hours
  • Organic chemistry: 12 quarter hours (4 hours of which can be biochemistry)
  • Physics: 12 quarter hours
  • Biological sciences: 18 quarter hours

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Recommended Electives

You should choose your electives after discussion with your advisor.  The list below is NOT intended to be a course of study plan.

  • BIOL 213 (Introductory Biostatistics) - 4 credits
  • BIOL 321 (Genetics) - 5 credits
  • BIOL 353 (Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy) - 6 credits
  • BIOL 354 (General Vertebrate Embryology) - 5 credits
  • BIOL 355 and 356 (Human Anatomy and Physiology) - 10 credits
  • BIOL 430 (Cellular Biology) - 5 credits
  • Chem 431 (Biochemistry) - 3 credits
  • ANTH 357 (Medical Anthropology) - 4 credits
  • Humanities and Social Sciences electives - 25 credits
    • Humanities examples include PHIL 210* (Current Ethical Issues), PHIL 308 (Medical Ethics)
    • Social Sciences examples include SOC 107* (Principles of Sociology), PSY 101* (General Psychology) or other courses covering the diversity of people and cultures.

* these courses also count toward General Education requirements