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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.


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).


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.


Biochemistry: One semester


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


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.


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.


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.