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Required Courses/Expectations


General Requirements

In terms of coursework, most medical, dental or veterinary schools require one year of:

  • General Chemistry with lab
  • Organic Chemistry with lab
  • Biology with lab
  • Physics with lab
  • English

In addition, one year of math is strongly recommended and is required at some schools. Some health profession graduate schools have additional requirements; e.g., Calculus and Biochemistry. The veterinary schools are notorious for having unusual and varied requirements (e.g., Microbiology, Anatomy & Physiology).  Course Planning Form

Important Note for Premedical Students:  The MCAT will cover the above-mentioned topics and will also examine basic knowledge of 1) Biochemistry and 2) Statistics.  Therefore a course in each of these areas is strongly recommended.

Specific Courses at BC

Minimum Biology Courses and Labs

We strongly recommend that, at an absolute minimum, individuals take the following two one semester Biology courses, plus Biology lab, to fulfill Biology premed/predent/prevet requirements:

  • Molecules and Cells (BIOL 2000) – offered Fall (F) & Spring (S)
  • Introduction to Physiology (BIOL 3030 F&S) – or if space is available, Human Physiology offered Spring (BIOL 4330 S) with Lab (BIOL 4340 S).
  • Lab: Investigations in Molecular Cell Biology Lab – BIOL 2040 – offered Fall (F) & Spring (S)

Recommended Electives

Increasingly, health professions graduate schools are either requiring or strongly recommending science electives over and above the minimum courses listed above. The two electives that are most often either required or recommended by health professions graduate schools are:

  • Biological Chemistry (BIOL 435O F & S) through the Biology Department, or Biochemistry (CHEM 4461 F, CHEM 4462 S) through the Chemistry Department (usually taken Junior year)
  • A Genetics course (e.g., BIOL 3190, BIOL 3150, etc. — see Biology Dept. web site)
  • A Statistics course (e.g., BIOL 2300, ECON 1151)

Evolution and Ecology

The Biology sections of the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) and Dental Admissions Test (DAT) contain questions on Evolution and Ecology. Therefore, in preparation for these exams (if you are not a Biology major), at the very least you should you take time to read and study the chapters on ecology and evolution in a good introductory-biology text. Alternatively, you could choose to take “Ecology and Evolution” (BIOL 2010) or another appropriate Biology elective to gain some exposure to this area of Biology.

Psychology and Sociology Courses

We recommend that you take at least one of the following psychology courses before you sit for the MCAT:

1.)    PSYC 1110, Introduction to Psychology as a Natural Science
2.)    PSYC 1111, Introduction to Psychology as a Social Science
3.)    PSYC 1029, Mind and Brain
4.)    PSYC 1011, Psychobiology of Mental Disorders

We recommend that you take at least one of the following sociology courses before you sit for the MCAT:

1.)    SOCY 1002, Introduction to Sociology for Healthcare Professions  
2.)    SOCY 1001, Introduction to Sociology
3.)    SOCY 1078, Sociology of Health and Illness



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