HPAC Pre-Medicine Advisory Plan (Adobe pdf file)
Since the majority of required courses for admission to medical school are in the sciences, most students earn degrees in biology or chemistry. However, as noted below, any four year degree will suffice, as long as the pre-med requirements are met. While the admission requirements vary from school to school, the following is an outline of courses that will meet the requirements of most medical schools. But, it is important to examine the requirements of schools you are interested in and to take those courses. This information can be found in the Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR), an annual publication of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Individual copies of this reference can be purchased from the AAMC web site, or a reference copy is available for SSU Students with the Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) chair, Dr. Pillai, in Darwin 214.
The MCAT has a significant amount of molecular biology and a course covering molecular biology should be taken if an introductory biology course and zoology course are used to meet the required biology courses. The majority of schools also require one or two semesters of English and U.C. Davis, U.C. Irvine, U.C.L.A., and U.C. San Diego require advanced math. (See the current Medical School Admissions Requirements book for details).
Besides the required course, the most frequently recommended courses are biochemistry, calculus, genetics, and developmental biology. A few schools encourage courses in Spanish and comparative anatomy.
It is also strongly recommended that students consider volunteering at local hospitals and/or clinics to gain practical experience in the health professions. Also, a well-rounded selection of extra-curricular activities, related and non-related to the health professions, will help students broaden their knowledge and develop their skills.