Here is a shorthand guide of the average academic requirements for medical schools. Do not use this as law. Each medical school will have individual requirements, so check each one you plan to apply to.
Academic requirements are pretty sparse outside these basic classes because medical schools don’t care what you major in as long as you have these core classes.
- A bachelor’s degree
- 1 year General Biology with lab
- 1 year General Chemistry with lab
- 1 year Organic Chemistry with lab
- 1 year Physics with lab
- 1 semester (2 quarters) Biochemistry
- English/General classes you’ll finish with your bachelor’s degree general requirements anyways (so don’t worry about a number)
You’d be hard-pressed to find a school that doesn’t require one of the above series, so make sure you take them. Some schools will require statistics or math so watch out for that (and you thought you were done with math).
Some schools will list recommended classes like bioethics, statistics, anatomy/physiology and more. My advice is to not get caught up in these recommendations. Take what you want so that you can express passion in your application. Don’t let a cloud of suggestions drag you down.
I’m majoring in biology because its my favorite scientific discipline. I knew that I wanted to study science over any other major because I wanted all of my degree requirements to be something that could prepare me for the MCAT or medical school.
However, if you want to spend your extra classes studying something else that’s interesting to you, go for it! Medical schools won’t discriminate and it’s better that you follow your passion so that you can speak about it better.
Now along with completing these requirements, it’s important to note that GPA is a metric that medical schools consider, and the application takes into account every college class you’ve ever taken into your cumulative GPA. So don’t slack off if you’re doing Running Start (for those from Washington or Hawaii), or while doing some pre-reqs at community college.
I’d love to hear what major you’ve decided on and how you are planning to fit the medical school requirements with it! Will you take four years? I did two in high school and am on my third (and final) at University.