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Pre-Health Program of Study


In terms of coursework, most medical, dental or veterinary schools requires a mininium of one year each 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, Statistics and Biochemistry. The veterinary schools have further additional varied requirements (e.g., Microbiology, Anatomy & Physiology).  Course Planning Form

Pre-Health course requirements may be taken during any of the 4 undergraduate years  (except for Chemistry-Organic Chemistry) and in any order. Most BC applicants spread the coursework over 4 years and apply to health professions graduate school as seniors/alumni (in fact 76%), taking one or more “gap or bridge” years between graduation and health professions graduate school matriculation. To continue on to health professions graduate school directly after graduation from BC, you must complete the required courses in 3 years as well as study for and take the MCAT. Keep in mind some schools require specific course work beyond these basic requirements. We recommend researching schools of interest to check their pre-requisite courses

Required Courses

Course Number

Course Name



Biology Lab

BIOL 2000
BIOL 2010

BIOL 3030*

BIOL 2040

Molecules and Cells
Ecology and Evolution

Introduction to Physiology*

Investigations in Molec. Cell Bio Lab**
(1 semester/3 credits fall or spring)

Gen. Chemistry w/ Lab

CHEM 1109
CHEM 1110

General Chemistry I w/ Lab
General Chemistry II w/ Lab

Organic Chemistry w/Lab

CHEM 2231

CHEM 2232

Organic Chemistry I with Lab
Organic Chemistry II with Lab

Physics with Lab

PHYS 2100
PHYS 2101 

Physics I with Lab***
Physics II with Lab

Strongly Recommended

Course Number

Course Name



Literature Core
First Year Writing Seminar


MATH 1100     
MATH 1101
ECON 1151 or BIOL 2030

Calculus I                 
Calculus II

Statistics  or Biostatistics


CHEM 4461, CHEM4462  or
BIOL 435O 

Biochemistry or ****
Biological Chemistry


Course Number

Course Name


PSYC 1110

Intro to Psychology


SOCY 1002

Intro to Sociology for Healthcare Prof.

*Another option for majors other than Biology is to take Intro to Physiology instead of Ecology and Evolution.  Note: The MCAT and DAT contain questions on Ecology and Evolution, so you should study the chapters on ecology and evolution in a biology text

** Biology and Biochemistry majors will take the Biology lab sophomore year, all other majors will take the lab junior year.

***Foundations of Physics (PHYS 1500–1501; algebra based) and lab (PHYS 2050–2051) also fulfills health professions school requirement, but the Pre-Health Committee recommends PHYS 2100-2101 calculus-based.

**** Some Health Profession Graduate Schools require Biochemistry 

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 (For Majors other than Biology)

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 – 1 semester/3cr Fall (F) or Spring (S) 

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.

Stongly 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)

Recommended Electives
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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