Medical Schools, Part 1: Getting In
Things to Keep in Mind: Plot a course that works for you, develop a solid, realistic Plan B,
take courses you want to take, validate your interest in medicine…continuously
Choosing a Major: Myth -PreMeds must be science majors, Truth - False. Medical schools
don’t care what your major is as long as you take the basic requirements
1 year Physics with lab (Physics 8A/8B: Non-engineering majors, Physics 7A/7B:
1 year Biology with lab (Bio 1A/1AL, Bio 1B)
2 years Chemistry with lab (Inorganic: Chem 1A, Chem 3A/3AL and Organic: Chem 3B/3BL,
MCB 100 or 102)
1 year College Math (Math 16A, Math 16B are acceptable but Math 1A, Math 1B is better.
More advanced math courses are even better. Statistics required for some schools)
Humanities (Not required for every school. Check with the specific school)
College of Chemistry
• Chemical Biology: The Chemical Biology major is intended to provide a solid background in
chemistry as it impacts on areas like biochemistry, molecular biology, bioengineering, structural
biology, drug design, pharmacology and medicine.
College of Natural Resources
• Nutritional Sciences (3 tracks): Physiology & Metabolism (focuses on biochemical and
physiological study of nutrient utilization and study of food properties and processing food
materials), Dietetics (prepares students for a career as a Registered Dietitian (RD)), Toxicology
(focuses on the biochemical and physiological study of the adverse effects of nutrients and non-
nutrients in the diet).
• Molecular Toxicology: Focuses on hazardous effects of toxic agents, from industrially
produced environmental contaminants and designer drugs to naturally occurring herbs and food
• Molecular Environmental Biology (MEB): Exposes students to organization and function of
biological organisms at molecular, cellular, organismal and ecological levels.
• Microbial Biology: For students interested in studying microbes in various biomass.
College of Letters and Sciences
• Public Health: Studies promotion and protection of the health and human population, giving
consideration to human rights and cultural perspectives.
• Integrative Biology: Offers a program of instruction that focuses on the integration of