COMMON PREMED PREREQUISITE COURSEWORK
2 YEARS OF CHEMISTRY (INORGANIC AND ORGANIC CHEMISTRY) PLUS LABS
ONE YEAR OF BIOLOGY PLUS LABS
ONE YEAR OF PHYSICS PLUS LABS
ONE COURSE IN BIOCHEMISTRY
1-2 COURSES IN MATHEMATICS (CALCULUS OR STATISTICS)
2 ENGLISH/WRITING COURSES
In addition, students should STRONGLY CONSIDER taking INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY, INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY (both reflected in the PSYCHOLOGICAL, SOCIAL, AND BIOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS OF BEHAVIOR section of the MCAT) and 1-2 ADDITIONAL UPPER LEVEL BIOLOGY CLASSES to solidify your basic biology foundation.
What DO I Major In?
Major in what you love. Medical schools do not care what you major in. What they do expect is that you like/love what you study and excel in that discipline. Medical schools look at three GPAs: 1) your science GPA, 2) your non-science GPA, 3) an overall GPA. The science GPA consists of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Math. There is no separate major GPA on AMCAS.
For your reference, more Biology majors apply to medical school than any other major. In 2016, over half (53.8%) of applicants to medical school were Biology majors whereas all of the Humanities majors combined only represented 3.6% of the applicant pool. As you can see from the numbers below, the matriculation rate per major is roughly the same with the humanities majors getting a slight edge. Don't read into this! Don't major in History just to have a better chance of getting into medical school. Each applicant is an individual and a strong Biology major has just as much chance as a strong History major. What you major in, does not determine your admissions outcome. Again, major in what you love and the rest will follow.
Applicants (53,042) vs Matriculants (21,030) according to the AAMC Table A-17: MCAT and GPAs for Applicants and Matriculants to U.S. Medical Schools by Primary Undergraduate Major, 2016-2017
- Biology Majors: 28,582 Biology majors applied and 11,112 matriculated
- Humanities Majors: 1,915 Humanities majors applied and 884 matriculated
- Social Science Majors: 5,575 Social Science majors applied and 2,292 matriculated
- Math and Statistics Majors: 383 Math and Statistics majors applied and 161 matriculated
Your should become familiar with what a medical school class looks like by visiting medical school admissions websites and glancing at their class portfolio. Below is Albert Einstein College of Medicine's quick facts for the class of 2021. Notice the average age, how many candidates they interviewed and the percentage of non-science majors.
Albert Einstein College of Medicine Admissions Quick Facts for the Class of 2021
- There were 7,679 applicants to the College
- Approximately 1100 applicants were interviewed
- The average age is 23.6
- 32% are non-science majors
- 36 students were born outside the United States
- 77 colleges are represented
- 5 international students