UMSL Pre-Health: Required and Recommended Classes
Admissions requirements can vary between institutions. Many professional schools require or strongly recommend the following classes (meet with the pre-health advisor to ensure you are taking the correct courses):
BIOL 1821: Introductory Biology: Organisms and the Environment; 1831: Introductory Biology: From Molecules to Organisms; Genetics and additional courses in molecular and/or cell biology.
CHEM 1111: Introductory Chemistry I; 1121: Introductory Chemistry II; 2612: Organic Chemistry I; 2622: Organic Chemistry II; 2633: Organic Chemistry Lab; 4712: Biochemistry will be required for MCAT2015 in addition to being recommended at many schools.
Students should take courses at least through calculus (MATH 1100 or 1800), as appropriate for the major degree. Depending on the school, higher levels of calculus (MATH 1900 & 2000) and statistics (MATH 1320) may also be required.
Physics & Astronomy
Eight credit hours or as appropriate for the major degree. PHYSICS 1011 & 1012: Basic Physics I and II or PHYSICS 2111 & 2112: Mechanics & Heat and Electricity, Magnetism & Optics
Social Sciences & Humanities
PHIL 1160: Logic & Language, 2256: Bioethics and 3360: Formal Logic; PSYCH 1003: General Psychology and 1268: Human Growth & Development; SOC 1010: Introduction to Sociology. Classes in both psychology and sociology will be required for MCAT 2015.