The basic science requirements for admission to schools of medicine and dentistry are two semesters with laboratory of general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, and introductory biology. Throughout the United States there are several medical and dental schools whose admissions requirements include the completion of additional science and/or math courses, whereas some schools "strongly recommend" that applicants complete specific advanced science courses prior to matriculation.
For admission to veterinary school, applicants generally must take several science courses in addition to the aforementioned basic science courses. Summaries of the advanced science requirements for admission to medical, dental, and veterinary school are included in the sections below. Review the course information and discuss your academic planning with the prehealth advisor
The Medical School Admissions Requirements (MSAR), published annually online by the AAMC, includes information course prerequisites. You can purchase access to the MSAR through the AAMC website.
Note that many medical schools also have specific requirements for course work in social sciences, behavioral sciences, and/or humanities. Please review individual medical school admissions office websites for more information.
Course requirements for individual osteopathic medical schools are listed in the 2015 Osteopathic Medical College Information Booklet.
You can download a pdf copy of the entire booklet from the website of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM)
The ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools published annually by the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) provides detailed information about course prerequisites at U. S. and Canadian dental schools. Copies of the Official Guide to Dental Schools are available in the Resources Room of the Health Professions Advising Office and on the Prehealth Reserve Shelf in Collier Library. You can also order your own copy through the ADEA.
The Veterinary Medical College Application Service has a resource page with information about individual veterinary schools and their requirements. Check the VMCAS resources page for the prerequisite course chart, detailed descriptions of individual veterinary schools, and information about the application process.
For schools that do not participate in the VMCAS application service, you must review the admissions office websites of the individual schools as well as their entries in the Veterinary Medical School Admission Requirements (VMSAR) book; copies are available in the Resource Room in Canwyll House. You can also purchase a copy of the VMSAR from Purdue University Press.