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Pre-Med

Major Requirements

Requirements for Medical School

Individual medical, dental and veterinary schools vary in their specific requirements. A good strategy is to take courses as an undergraduate that prepare for all contingencies, as well as courses that provide solid preparation for the standardized entrance exams for each profession.

You do NOT have to be a science major to apply to medical or dental school. 50% of the matriculants to medical school are non-science majors who have completed all the course requirements listed below.

Taking the time early in one’s career to investigate individual schools is also an excellent way to prepare. What follows are sample curricula for medical schools (MD and DO degrees).  Other types of degree programs have different lists of requirements. Check with individual programs for specific requirements. 

Universally Required

  • Introductory Bio I and II, with laboratory
  • General Chemistry I and II, with laboratory
  • Organic Chemistry I and II, with laboratory
  • Physics I and II (algebra or calculus based), with laboratory
  • Two semesters of English composition

Strongly Recommended

  • Biochemistry I
  • Genetics
  • Statistics
  • Calculus I
  • Sociology and/or Psychology

Overall Guidelines A Successful Application

For a successful application, you should strive for a minimum of:

  • GPA > 3.7
  • Several extracurricular activities at which you excel
  • Extensive volunteer work, laboratory research, internship and/or job related experience
  • Excellent reading and writing skills
  • Completion of specific course requirements for the schools to which you intend to apply (visit individual school websites)
  • A score of 33 on MCAT (medical college admissions tests), or equivalent DAT (dental) and GRE (veterinary school) scores. This will require test taking skill preparation, in addition to reviewing the facts for the physical science and biological science portions of the test.
  • Medical schools also require a letter of evaluation from the Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) at each undergraduate institution.

For additional information, contact the Health Professions Advisor:

Janine M. LeBlanc-Straceski, Ph.D.
Health Professions Advisor
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
Janine.LeBlancStraceski@merrimack.edu