What courses should I take to prepare for Medical School?
Prerequisites can vary on a school by school basis. Please check the prerequisites for schools to which you hope to apply.
The following courses are required by most medical schools in the United States as the minimum background needed for acceptance into medical school.
|Medical School Prerequisites/MCAT 2015 Preparation||YORK Recommended Courses|
|General Biology 2 semesters||BIO 201 & BIO 202|
|Biochemistry 1 semester||BIO 412|
|General Chemistry 2 semesters||CHEM 108/109 & CHEM 111/112|
|Organic Chemistry 2 semesters||CHEM 231/232 (Org. Chemistry I/Lab & CHEM 233/234 (Org. Chemistry II/Lab|
|College Physics 2 semesters||PHYS 113/115 & PHYS 114/116|
|English 2 semesters||ENGL 125 & ENG 126|
|NEW* Psychology 2 semesters||PSY 102 & PSY 200 OR PSY 214|
|NEW* Sociology 1 Semester||SOC 101|
Required and recommended coursework can vary by school Some schools require one or two semesters of mathematics or one semester of mathematics and one semester of statistics. Additionally, some schools require two semesters of English. The Medical School Admissions Requirements (MSAR) provides information on course requirements and recommendation, by school, for these as well as the acceptability of AP, community college and online coursework. The MSAR can be found at https://services.aamc.org/30/msar/home .
Any undergraduate major is appropriate for medical school assuming the applicant has completed the basic pre-med requirements. Nonetheless, the majority of students applying to medical school have undergraduate majors in the biological or physical sciences. It is very important to do well in science courses.