The Curriculum

Premed in 2012-2014 Catalog

The minimum requirements for admission to most medical schools in the United States include 8 to 16 semester credits of biology, 16 to 20 of chemistry, 4 to 8 of mathematics, 6 to 8 of physics, and 8 to 10 credits from English and the humanities.

Central Courses

Students generally take the following courses:

BIOL 131–133 Principles of Biology
CHEM 131–132 General Chemistry
CHEM 231–232 Organic Chemistry
ENGL 6 to 8 credits, including composition*
MATH 121, 122 Calculus I, II or MATH 118, 119, 122
PHYS 220–221 Fundamentals of Physics
PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology

* in most cases, fulfilling the WA and WB requirements will suffice.

Recommended Courses

A student’s application to medical school is strengthened if several of the following courses are taken:

BIOL 239 Molecular Genetics and Heredity
BIOL 334 Comparative Physiology or BIOL 344 Human Physiology
BIOL 337 Vertebrate Anatomy
BIOL 338 Cell Biology
BIOL 348 Developmental Biology
CHEM 320 Biochemistry
CHEM 330 Analytical Chemistry

Many of these required and recommended courses are either full-year sequences, prerequisites for other courses, not offered every semester or year, or must be completed before taking the MCAT (usually taken in the spring of the junior year). Students should plan a tentative schedule for their entire course of study early.

The health professions advisors provide students with support and information concerning course selection, the MCAT, application procedures, and letters of recommendation. Students should consult with the health professions advisors to develop programs tailored to their particular needs and interests.

For other health-related fields, admissions requirements and application procedures are similar to those for medical school. Students interested in careers in dentistry, veterinary medicine, physical therapy, physician assistance, and the like should consult with the health professions advisors for more details and information.



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He is named after Clarence Howe Thurber, University president from 1933-37.

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