Additional Suggested Courses

Additional Suggested Science Courses

  • For students not majoring in life sciences, it may be useful to take one or two upper level science courses in addition to the prerequisites.
  • One or more of the following courses, though not required, can be helpful in preparation for entrance exams, school interviews, and for medical or dental study in general.
  • Endocrinology
BMS 702
  • Mammalian Physiology
BMS 718
  • Animal Physiology
ZOOL 625/626
  • Vertebrate Morphology
ZOOL 518
  • Genetics

GEN 604

  • Cell/Developmental Biology
BMCB 605
  • General Microbiology
BMS 503
  • Comparative Histology
BMS 623
  • Pathologic Basis of Disease
BMS 704
  • Anatomy and Physiology
BMS 507-508 or ANSC 511-512     Not required for medical/dental programs. If interested,  upper level physiology courses preferred.

Please keep in mind that the previous lists are only suggested courses, not required courses. If you are a strong student with a competitive GPA (~3.5), you will be at no distinct disadvantage if you are unable to fit these courses into your schedule. However, if you have performed at the C level or below in one or more of the required science courses, your application will benefit if you were to take and do well in one or more of the above science courses.

The following is a passage from the American Association of Medical Colleges Medical School Admissions Requirements

Advanced science coursework is not typically required by medical schools.  Students may choose to take upper-level science courses because of their own interests or undergraduate major requirements.  Taking additional science courses that duplicate the basic science material in the first two years of medical school is not recommended.  In fact, practicing physicians often recommend that, during the final years of college, premedical students take advantage of what might be their last opportunity for the study of non-science area (music, art, history, and literature) that might become avocational interests later in life.

Additional courses relevant to health, human behavior, access to care, policy, and other topics:

Exploration of one or more of these areas is strongly encouraged for those majoring in business, life sciences, and physical sciences.

  • Anthropology

ANTH 610 (Medical Anth:Illness & Healing)

  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • History

SOC 635 (Medical Sociology), PSYC 758

HIST 521, 597

  • U.S. Health Care Systems
  • Introduction to Public Health
  • Human Behavior and Public Health
  • Social Marketing
  • Health Ethic and Law
  • Health Policy


HMP 401, 569, 735, 744, 746 (and/or other HMP courses)

  • Law, Medicine & Morals


  • Greek and Latin Origins of Medical Terms

CLAS 525

  • Sculpture (or others such as woodworking, drawing)

ARTS 567 (recommended for Predental students)

  • SPAN (any course emphasizing conversational Spanish)