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Pre-Medicine Prerequisite Courses

Common Prerequisites

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

ENG 101** and 102** (English Composition 1 & 2) - 8cr

MATH 153** (PreCalculus I, minimum, see note below and dicsuss with advisor) - 5cr

PHYS 111*, 112, 113 (Introductory Physics), OR Phys 121*, 122, 123 (Introductory Physics for Life Sciences), OR PHYS 181, 182, 183 (General Physics) -15 cr

BIOL 181, 182, 183 with labs (General Biology) - 15cr

CHEM 181*, 182, 183 with labs (General Chemistry) -15cr

CHEM 361, 362, 363 with labs (Organic Chemistry) - 13cr

 *MATH 153 is a prerequisite  **General Education Course

Of the 133 Medical Schools in the US/Puerto Rico, 17 require Calculus (Math 170 Intuitive Calculus OR Calculus I) The only public universities that require it are: Penn State, Texas A&M, and UC-Irvine.

The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine - Washington State University (WSU) in Spokane, WA

  • English or other intensive writing course: 9 quarter hours
  • Mathematics, Preferred focus: Statistics: 9 quarter hours
  • Biology with lab, Preferred focus: Genetics, Molecular Biology: 12 quarter hours
  • Organic Chemistry with lab: 6 quarter hours
  • Physics with lab: 6 quarter hours

University of Washington School of Medicine (UW) in Seattle, WA

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.”

  • Social Sciences, Humanities or "human condition" - 4 semesters or 6 quarters
  • Chemistry and Biology - 6 semesters or 9 quarters
  • Physics - 2 semesters or 3 quarters; OR 1 semester or 2 quarters of physics; plus 1 semester or 2 quarters of calculus or linear algebra

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU) in Yakima, WA

  • 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

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

Along with PHIL 308 (Medical Ethics) examples of General Education courses in the humanities include:
PHIL 104 (Current Ethical Issues)
HUM 103 (Cultures in Modern Society)
ENG 247 (Multicultural Literature)
ENG 347 (Global Perspectives in Literature)
And communication courses, such as COM 207 (Interpersonal Communication) or COM 302 (Multicultural Communication)

Examples of Social Sciences General Education courses include: 
SOC 101 (Social Problems)
SOC 107 (Principles of Sociology)
PSY 101 (General Psychology) or other courses covering the diversity of people and cultures. 

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