Prerequisites*

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In addition to taking the MCAT and receiving a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, there are a number of prerequisites required for admission to Medical School.

The University of Minnesota Medical School encourages students from a variety of academic fields and backgrounds to consider applying to medical school.

But, in addition to the MCAT and a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. or Canadian college or university, certain prerequisite courses are required. Others are highly recommended.

Completion of required coursework is only part of what’s considered when you apply for medical school. Once you’ve reviewed the required coursework below, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with all of the medical student selection criteria.

Required courses

Biology with lab

  • Biological sciences coursework with emphasis on general principles, cell biology and/or physiology
  • 1 semester or 1 quarter 

Chemistry with lab

  • General or Organic Chemistry
  • 1 semester or 1 quarter 

Life sciences (additional courses)

  • Biology, genetics, zoology, botany, parasitology, biochemistry, chemistry (general or organic, but must be in addition to the general or organic chemistry listed above), physics, etc. At least 2 must be upper-level courses.
  • 4 semesters or 4 quarters 

Humanities or social sciences

  • Humanities or social sciences upper-level course, with an intensive writing requirement.
  • 1 semester or 1 quarter 

Recommended courses

  • Biochemistry
  • Ethics
  • Genetics
  • Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Foreign language
  • Independent learning courses
  • Seminar-type courses involving small group discussions
  • Social and behavioral sciences and humanities 

Other guidelines

  • A bachelor's degree and all prerequisite courses must be earned by July 1 of the year of admission.
  • Requirements cannot be fulfilled with College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credits.
  • Requirements cannot be fulfilled by AP credits. If you received AP credit for courses such as general chemistry or biology, you’ll still need 1 semester of chemistry and biology with labs. This can be an advanced chemistry, organic chemistry, or any advanced biology course. Do not re-take coursework for which you already received AP credit.
  • International medical school applicants should refer to specific degree and course requirements.
  • Upper-level courses are typically those with a course number that begins with a 3 (300 or 3000) or higher.
  • Writing intensive courses are ones in which writing is an integral part of the course. Typically, you're required to complete at least one, 10 page paper.

*Please note that the prerequisite courses we require are intended to prepare you for the curriculum at the University of Minnesota Medical School. These prerequisites may or may not meet the requirements of your undergraduate program expectations for graduation. Furthermore, you will find that some prerequisite coursework will support your preparation efforts for the MCAT, but this list is not exhaustive. We recommend that you visit the AAMC website for more information about MCAT preparation, and speak to your college advisor to acquire additional information about graduation requirements.

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