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Pre-Health

Suggested Courses

IMPORTANT: All health professional schools vary! These lists are intended to be general guides. Every individual school may require somewhat different or additional prerequisites not depicted in these guides. Ultimately, it is the student’s responsibility, and not the academic or pre-health advisor’s responsibility, to gather specific required application information from the graduate and professional institutions to which you apply.

Medicine (M.D. and D.O.)

Courses to be completed before taking the MCAT (by the fall of your junior year if you want to apply to medical school immediately after graduation)

  • 1 year of introductory biology (BIO 1110 and 1120)
  • 1 year of general chemistry (CHM 1010 and 1020) — take during your first year
  • 1 year of organic chemistry (CHM 2070 and 2080) — take during your sophomore year
  • 1 semester of biochemistry (CHM 3010) — take in the fall of your junior year
  • 1 year of physics (PHY 2100 and 2110 or PHY 2200 and 2210)
  • 1 semester of sociology (SOC 1000)
  • Recommended: Cell Biology (BIO 2300)

Additional recommended and required courses (to be completed prior to graduation — you do not necessarily have to complete all of these). It is not uncommon for medical schools to recommend or require these courses.

  • English (8 credits — typically required)
  • 1-2 semesters of Calculus (MTH 1120 and 1220)
  • Elementary Statistics (MTH 1050) or Social Science Statistics (SSC 2330)
  • Microbiology (BIO 3340)
  • Genetics (BIO 2400)
  • Immunology (BIO 4300)
  • Human Anatomical Systems (BIO 3300)
  • Systemic Physiology (BIO 3310)
  • 1 semester of psychology (PYC 1500)*

*While psychology is part of the MCAT, PYC 1500 does not cover much of the material expected on the MCAT. We recommend students either take Social Psychology (PYC 2200) or study for this section independently.

Dentistry

Courses to be completed before taking the DAT exam (can be taken as soon as the summer after your sophomore year. Should be taken by the spring of your junior year if you want to apply to dental school immediately after graduation).

  • 1 year of introductory biology (BIO 1110 and 1120)
  • 1 year of general chemistry (CHM 1010 and 1020) — take during your first year
  • 1 year of organic chemistry (CHM 2070 and 2080) — take during your sophomore year
  • 1 year of physics (PHY 2100 and 2110 or PHY 2200 and 2210)
  • 1 semester of Cell Biology (BIO 2300)

Additional recommended and required courses (to be completed prior to graduation — you do not necessarily have to complete all of these)

  • Biochemistry (CHM 3010 — typically required)
  • Immunology (BIO 4300)
  • Human Anatomical Systems (BIO 3300)
  • Systemic Physiology (BIO 3310)
  • Microbiology (BIO 3340)
  • 1 semester of a business course

Occupational Therapy

  • 3 course sequence in Biology (BIO 1110, 2010, and 2020 or BIO 1040, 3300, and 3310)
  • Child and Adolescent Development (PYC 2850)
  • Adult Development and Aging (PYC 3850)
  • Social Psychology (PYC 2200)
  • Abnormal Psychology (PYC 3500)
  • Elementary Statistics (Math 1050)
  • 1 semester in Sociology
  • Medical Terminology (BIO 400D)

Physical Therapy

  • Elementary Statistics (Math 1050)
  • Social Science (e.g. Sociology)
  • Introduction to Psychology (PYC 1500)
  • Child and Adolescent Development (PYC 2850)
  • Adult Development and Aging (PYC 3850)
  • 2 upper-level Psychology Courses (e.g. Abnormal Psychology)
  • 1 year of introductory biology (BIO 1110 and 1120)
  • Human Anatomical Systems and Systemic Physiology (BIO 3300 and BIO 3310) or Human Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Professional I and II (Bio 2010 and 2020) Note: Both series will adequately prepare you and will satisfy most colleges pre-requisites. However, Bio 3300 and 3310 is recommended for students with significant experience in biology.
  • Medical Terminology (BIO 400D)
  • 1 year of physics (PHY 2100 and 2110 or PHY 2200 and 2210)
  • 1 year of general chemistry (CHM 1010 and 1020)

Physician’s Assistant

  • Principles of Modern Mathematics (MTH 1040)
  • Elementary Statistics (MTH 1050)
  • Social Science (e.g. Sociology)
  • 1 year of introductory biology (BIO 1110 and 1120)
  • Human Anatomical Systems and Systemic Physiology (BIO 3300 and BIO 3310) or Human Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Professional I and II (Bio 2010 and 2020) Note: Both series will adequately prepare you and will satisfy most colleges pre-requisites. However, Bio 3300 and 3310 is recommended for students with significant experience in biology. Comparative Anatomical Systems (Bio 3330) can be taken instead of Bio 3300.
  • Microbiology (3340)
  • Medical Terminology (BIO 400D)
  • 1 year of general chemistry (CHM 1010 and 1020) — take during freshmen year
  • 1 year of organic chemistry (CHM 2070 and 2080) — take during sophomore year
  • 1 semester of biochemistry (CHM 3010)
  • Introduction to Psychology (PYC 1500)

Veterinary Medicine

Prerequisites for veterinary medical colleges vary widely and as such, students must be aware of the prerequisites for their specific schools of interest.  A table of requirements for veterinary medical colleges can be found here.    

In order to be well positioned to finish all prerequisites for the particular veterinary medical colleges of interest, we recommend that students complete the following courses within their first two years at Carthage:

  • Introductory Biology (Bio 1110 and 1120)
  • General Chemistry (1010 and 1020)
  • Organic Chemistry (2070 and 2080)
  • Cell Biology (BIO 2300) 

Students should also consider taking Genetics (BIO 2400) in their first 2 years.

Pharmacy

  • 1 year of introductory biology (BIO 1110 and 1120)
  • 1 year of general chemistry (CHM 1010 and 1020)
  • 1 year of organic chemistry (CHM 2070 and 2080)
  • 1-2 semesters of physics (PHY 2100 and 2110 or PHY 2200 and 2210)
  • Cell Biology (BIO 2300)
  • 1-2 semesters of Calculus (MTH 1120 and 1220)
  • Elementary Statistics (MTH 1050), Biostatistics and Experimental Design (Bio4100), or Research Methods and Statistics II (PYC 3010)
  • Microbiology (BIO 3340)
  • Human Anatomical Systems (BIO 3300)
  • English (8 credits — typically required)
  • Principles of Microeconomics (ECN 1010 )
  • Public Speaking (CDM 1200)
  • Introduction to psychological sciences (PYC 1500)

Courses sometimes required

  • Ethics (such as Contemporary Ethical Issues – PHL 1100)
  • Introduction to Sociology (SOC 1000)
  • 1 semester of biochemistry (CHM 3010)

Note: A complete list of prerequisites can be seen here.

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