Program Prerequisites

CTLR 2017 with Dean Deas

Pre-Medical Education

Students must complete the required pre-medical coursework listed below, but are not required to be science majors to do so. We value broad academic backgrounds that include humanities, foreign language, social sciences and the arts to help prepare future physicians for interacting with increasingly diverse patient populations, health care professionals and colleagues.

Required Courses
  • Mathematics (12 quarter units or two semesters) to include introductory calculus and statistics.
  • English (12 quarter units or 2 semesters) to include the study of English composition.
  • General college physics with laboratory (12 quarter units or 2 semesters).
  • College chemistry with laboratory to include inorganic and organic chemistry (24 quarter units or 4 semesters).
  • General biology with laboratory (12 quarter units or 2 semesters).

AP (or IB) credit can not be used to satisfy the physics, chemistry or biology requirements.

Recommended Courses
  • A one-quarter course in biochemistry
  • Spanish
  • Humanities

Completion of Requirements

Students must complete all premedical requirements before beginning the first year of medical study, although these requirements need not be completed at the time application for admission is filed. AP credit with a score of 4 or 5 (or International Baccalaureate score of 6 or 7) can be used to satisfy one quarter or one semester of English and one quarter or one semester of mathematics.

Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

The MCAT must be taken not later than fall of the year preceding admission to the School of Medicine. If more than one MCAT was taken, all the test grades must be included when making an application.

The test must be repeated if, at the time of application, more than three years have elapsed since it was taken. Requests for test reports and all other correspondence and requests for information concerning the administration, processing, and scoring of the MCAT should be directed to the MCAT Program Office.