Coursework

The suggested course of study outlined below represents the minimal course requirements for allopathic and osteopathic medical school. Requirements for physician assistant programs and schools of dentistry, optometry, podiatry, chiropractic, naturopathic, and veterinary medicine are similar to this prerequisite list; however, students should check with the websites of schools you are interested in to learn about specific requirements for admission to their program.

These pre-professional courses will provide you a broad educational background - a strong foundation in the natural sciences, highly developed communication skills and a solid background in the social sciences and humanities. A liberal arts education can help you achieve an understanding of self and of others. Attitudes, values and motivations are important determinants of behavior in sickness as well as in health. You should learn to state information precisely and develop a conscious technique for organizing or memorizing relevant information. It is particularly desirable that you develop your communication skills through courses in speech, writing, reading and participation in extracurricular activities. Medical schools want individuals with a diversity of backgrounds, talents and interests.


SUGGESTED COURSES

Health Profession School Prerequisite UM Course Number UM Course Name

Biology

(one year general biology with lab; one year human anatomy & physiology)

BIOB 160N

BIOB 170N

BIOB 171N

BIOH 365

BIOH 370

Principles of Living Systems

Principles of Biological Diversity

Principles of Biological Diversity Laboratory

Human AP I for Health Professions

Human AP II for Health Professions

Chemistry

(one year general chemistry with lab; one year organic chemistry with lab)

CHMY 141N

CHMY 143N

CHMY 221

CHMY 222

CHMY 223

CHMY 224

College Chemistry I & Laboratory

College Chemistry II & Laboratory

Organic Chemistry I

Organic Chemistry I Laboratory

Organic Chemistry II

Organic Chemistry II Laboratory

Biochemistry

(one year)

BCH 480

BCH 482

Advanced Biochemistry I

Advanced Biochemistry II

Physics

(one year with lab)

PHSX 205N

PHSX 206N

PHSX 207N

PHSX 208N

College Physics I

College Physics I Laboratory

College Physics II

College Physics II Laboratory

Mathematics*

(one semester calculus, one semester statistics)

M 162

M 171

STAT 216

Applied Calculus OR

Calculus I

Introduction to Statistics

Social Sciences

(one semester psychology, one semester sociology)

PSYX 100S

SOCI 101S

Introduction to Psychology

Introduction to Sociology

Students must satisfy the specific requirements for their major and UM’s general education requirements. For more information regarding prerequisites and to plan the best course of study, please speak with a Pre-Medical Sciences advisor.   

*Mathematics course requirements vary among medical schools.  Please check with the schools that you plan to apply to to verify that you have satisfied the requirements.  

Pre-Med Program Course Offerings

Outside of the prerequisite courses required, students are encouraged to take other courses that will help prepare them for health profession school.

AHHS 394.80: Medical Profession Preparation & Overview/Honors

2 credits, offered autumn semesters only, participation by consent of instructor

This survey course is designed for students considering a career as a medical provider by reviewing the experience of being a medical student, the health care system, and ethical issues involved in the doctor patient experience. 

Fall 2016 AHHS 394.80: Medical Profession Preparation & Overview/Honors Application 

AHHS 395.02: Special Topics - Introduction to Dentistry

1 credit, offered spring semesters, odd years only

This course provides students with basic introductory knowledge of dental medicine and hands-on experience. Basic tooth morphology and review of preparation for dental school is covered.