Health Professions Advising

Pre-Requisite Courses

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.


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/BIO 198P OR BIO 198/BIO 198P
Option 2: BIO 112 → BIO 113/BIO 111P →BIO 190/BIO 198P 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. It is generally recommended to complete both semesters of organic chemistry in order to best prepare for the MCAT exam and be a competitive applicant to the majority of medical schools.

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 → CHM 203/CHM 207 → CHM 204/CHM 208 or CHM 210 → BIO 250
Option 3: CHM 171/CHM 173 → CHM 172/CHM 210W → CHM 211 → BIO 250
(with AP Chem credit and Chemistry major)


Biochemistry: One semester

• BIO 250


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

Option 1: PHY 113/PHY 113 Lab → PHY 114/PHY 114 Lab
Option 2: PHY 121/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 of coursework and specific number of calculus courses will depend on incoming math credit and pre-requisites for physics.

Option 1: MTH 141 → MTH 142 → MTH 143; STT 211 OR STT 212 OR STT 214
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: The MCAT 2015 will include a new section that addresses the psychosocial contexts of health. For that reason, 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 –Psychology of Developmental Disabilities

English: Completing WRT 105 or WRT 105E and the upper-level writing requirement of a major will satisfy the English requirement for most health professional schools.