Medical School

Academics

Most medical schools require and/or recommend very similar coursework.  In addition, the MCAT exam covers a broad range of subjects that are taught throughout the WSU curriculum.  The following courses represent both the required courses for admission to most US medical schools as well as the recommended courses necessary to prepare for the MCAT exam.  These courses do not consititute a major, but may be required within certain major or minor programs.  Professional Health Science advisors in the Pre-Med and Health Science Center will assist you in planning these courses and can provide assistance in your major selection.  You may also wish to consult of our list of suggested pre-medicine minors.

For a list of most U.S. and Canadian medical schools, students can consult aamc.org and aacom.org.

View a comparison of admissions requirements and statistics for Michigan medical schools.

View a comparison of letter of recommendation requirements for Michigan medical schools.

Biology 

Minimum 2 courses with lab. Upper division coursework strongly recommended. Suggested WSU include:

BIO 1510 4 cr.
BIO 1500 4 cr.
BIO 2600 3 (no lab)
BIO 3200 3 (no lab)

Biochemistry

Strongly recommended and required by many schools. Recommended for the MCAT.

BIO 3100 3 (no lab)
OR
CHM 5600 3 (no lab)

Chemistry

Two semesters of general with lab. Two semesters of organic with lab.

CHM 1220/1230 5 cr.
CHM 1240/1250 5 cr.
CHM 2220/2230 5 cr.
CHM 2280/2290 5 cr.

Physics

Two semesters with lab.

PHY 2130/2131 or PHY 2170/2171 4 cr.
PHY 2140/2141 or PHY 2180/2181 4 cr.

Social/Behavioral Science

Strongly recommended for MCAT purposes. 2 to 3 courses required by many schools.

PSY 1010 or 1020 3-4 cr.
SOC 1010 3 cr.

Math

MAT 1800 (precalculus) is recommended and/or required for pre-med science courses. Statistics, STA 1020, is recommended by the WSU Medical School. Consult specific medical schools for admission preferences.

English

Minimum 2 semesters of English composition required by most schools.

Ethics

Ethics (PHI 1100, 1110, 1120, or 2320) is recommended by the WSU Medical School.

Developing the skills assessed on the MCAT Critical Analysis and Reasoning (CARS) section

Preparing for the Critical Analysis and Reasoning (CARS) section of the MCAT can be challening.  Pre-med advisors recommend students make the most of their required general education courses by choosing ones that will develop the skills tested on the MCAT.  This growing list of CARS suggested classes may aid a student in choosing courses that will both satisfy general education requirements and enhance challenging reasoning and comprehension skills.

BME as a Pre-Med

Students who are interested in earning a degree in Biomedical Engineering and applying to medical school should review the BME as  Pre-med major guide or visit the biomedical engineering webpage.  Because the plan of work is rigorous, it is essential that a student meet regularly with a BME advisor and a pre-med advisor.