Applicants will be expected to ‘demonstrate aptitude in biological and physical sciences during the undergraduate years, but not to the exclusion of the humanities and social sciences.’ Students aspiring to careers in health professions are not required to major in science. The following list of courses is currently recommended; however, professional school admissions requirements are based on one’s ability to demonstrate competency in a variety of ways.
Recommended Coursework for All Allied Health Professions
Semesters and Courses
3 - Chemistry w/ lab (Including general and organic chemistry)
2 - Biology or Neuroscience with a lab*
1 - Psychology
1 - Math
1 - Statistics
2 - Physics with a lab
1 - Biochemistry**
2 - English or College Writing
*The AMCAS Course Classification Guide provides examples of how courses are often categorized.
**In our experience, medical schools requiring four semesters of Chemistry have accepted Biochemistry as fulfilling the fourth semester, even in the absence of a lab.
Sample of Courses Frequently Taken
CHEM 0103 General Chemistry I and CHEM 0104 General Chemistry II
- or- CHEM 0107 Advanced General Chemistry w/ AP Credit
BIOL 0140 Ecology and Evolution
BIOL 0145 Cell Biology and Genetics
PSYC 0105 Introduction to Psychology
MATH 0116, BIOL 0211, ECON 0210, or PSYC 0201 Statistics
MATH 0121 Calculus I
PHYS 0109 Newtonian Physics
PHYS 0111 Thermo, Fluids, Waves & Optics or PHYS 0110 Electricity & Magnetism (requires Calc II)
CHEM 0203 Organic Chemistry I: Structure and Reactivity
CHEM 0204 Organic Chemistry II: Synthesis and Spectroscopy
CHEM 0322 Biochemistry of Macromolecules
Additional Courses to Consider
Biological Science (examples include: Physiology, Immunology, Microbiology, Endocrinology, and Metabolism)
Social Science (examples include: Sociology, Anthropology, Ethics, and Global Health)
Calculus II (required for current PHYS 0110 course & some professional schools)
Note: Check the course catalog for the most current information about prerequisites, course and major requirements. In some instances, AP credit may be used in lieu of a required course.