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Pre-Requisite Courses

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Schools of medicine, dentistry, optometry, podiatry, and veterinary medicine have similar foundational prerequisites for admission. Because individual programs may vary, however, students should investigate the requirements of their programs or schools of interest and speak with a health professions adviser.

Students can meet most pre-professional requirements by taking any one of the sequences shown below for each subject. Do consult a departmental adviser or an academic adviser in order to choose the appropriate sequence for your ability and intended major. Please also refer to the provided sample schedules.


Below are options for students to consider in order to fulfill pre-requisite coursework for health professions graduate programs. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list and it is always best to speak with an advisor to determine which options make the most sense for you. Please also refer to our Sample Schedules.

Biology: One year of laboratory-based Biology coursework (at UR, you will need to take THREE semesters of Biology in order to fulfill the laboratory requirements).

• Option 1: BIO 110 → BIO 111/BIO 111P→(BIO 190 OR 198)/BIO 198P
• Option 2: BIO 112 → BIO 113/BIO 111P →(BIO 190 OR BIO 198)/BIO 198P (with AP Bio Credit)

Chemistry: Competency in laboratory-based inorganic chemistry (often met by, but not limited to, introductory chemistry courses) and organic chemistry. Requirements vary from school to school.

• Option 1: CHM 131/CHM 131 Lab → CHM 132/CHM 132 Lab →CHM 203/CHM 207 → CHM 204/CHM 208
• Option 2: CHM 132/CHM 132 Lab OR CHM 137/CHM 137 Lab→ CHM 203/CHM 207 → CHM 204/(CHM 208 OR CHM 210) → BIO 250/(BIO 151 OR BCH 208)
• Option 3: CHM 171/CHM 173 → CHM 172/CHM 210 → CHM 211 → BIO 250/(BIO 151 OR BCH 208) (with AP Chemistry credit & Chemistry major)

Biochemistry: One semester

• BIO 250 with or without BIO 151 OR BCH 208 depending on chemistry requirements as described above.

Physics: Two semesters with lab (level of coursework will depend on AP credits and MTH placement).

• Option 1: PHY 113/PHY 113 Lab → PHY 114/PHY 114 Lab
• Option 2: (PHY 121 OR PHY 118)/PHY 121 Lab → PHY 122/PHY 122 Lab
• Option 3: PHY 141/PHY 141 Lab → PHY 143/PHY 143 Lab (→PHY 142/PHY 142 Lab)-For Physics majors
• Option 4: PHY 122/PHY 122 Lab → PHY 123/PHY 123 Lab

Math: Generally, one semester of calculus and one semester of statistics. Level and specific number of calculus courses will depend on math placement and pre-requisites needed for physics.

• Option 1: MTH 141 → MTH 142 → MTH 143*; STT 211 OR STT 212 OR STT 214 *Check with Physics Dept.
• Option 2: MTH 161 → MTH 162; STT 211 OR STT 212 OR STT 214
• Option 3: MTH 162; STT 211 OR STT 212 OR STT 214
• Option 4: MTH 164 OR MTH 171 → STT 211 OR STT 212 OR STT 214

Psychology/Sociology: In 2015, the MCAT was revised and now includes a new section addressing the psychosocial contexts of health. For that reason, while this is not the only way to prepare for the MCAT, we strongly encourage students to consider a cluster from those given below. This is not an exhaustive list, and which cluster is most appropriate will vary between individual students.

S1PH001 –Introduction to Public Health
S1PH002 –Health Policy
S1PH003 –Health, Environment and Sustainability
S1PH004 –Medicine in Context
H1PH001 –Bioethics
S1CSP009 –Social/Emotional Development
S1CSP004 –Social Psychology
S1CSP006 –Psychology as a Social Science
S1CSP001 –Psychopathology
S1CSP003 –Psychology of Motivation
S1CSP008 –Personality Psychology
S1CSP007 –Psych. of Developmental Disabilities

English: Completing the primary (WRT 105 OR WRT 105E OR (WRT 105A AND WRT 105B)) and the upper-level writing requirements of a major will satisfy most English requirements.