Pre Med

Academic Program

Recommended Course Sequence for Pre-Med Track

ACU offers pre-med advising for students who are interested in attending medical school. Students may choose any major at the university but must complete all the required courses for both the major and pre-requisites for application to medical school. Choice of courses will depend on a student’s major and should be made in consultation with the academic advisor.

ACU offers the five courses that all medical schools and many other pre-health professional schools require in order to apply: General Chemistry, Biology, Organic Chemistry, Physics and English. In addition to required courses, recommended classes include anatomy and physiology, statistics, microbiology, and genetics. Students are advised to balance courses required for their undergraduate degree with the coursework for the pre-med track. Check with your advisor to make sure you are completing all requirements for your major and degree in addition to the prerequisites for medical school.

General Education Elective Recommendations:

1st Semester (Fall)

  1. ENG 101 English Composition I (3)
  2. BIO 181 General Biology I w/Lab (4)
  3. CHM 151 General Chemistry I w/Lab (4)
  4. General Education Requirements and Electives needed to complete the major and degree

2nd Semester (Spring)

  1. ENG 102 English Composition II (3)
  2. BIO 182 General Biology II w/Lab (4)
  3. CHM 152 General Chemistry I w/Lab (4)
  4. General Education Requirements and Electives needed to complete the major and degree

3rd Semester (Fall)

  1. CHM 235 Organic Chemistry I w/Lab (4)
  2. PHY 111 General Physics I w/Lab (4)
  3. MAT 230 Calculus I (3)
  4. General Education Requirements and Electives needed to complete the major and degree

4th Semester (Spring)

  1. CHM 236 Organic Chemistry II w/Lab (4)
  2. PHY 112 General Physics II w/Lab (4)
  3. MAT 231 Calculus II (3)
  4. General Education Requirements and Electives needed to complete the major and degree

Students are also advised to gain hands-on experience before applying to medical school. This is typically accomplished by volunteering with hospitals or clinics, shadowing physicians, and participating in the ACU Pre-Med club. For additional information about pre-professional programs contact the Admissions Advising Center. Medical schools also require the MCAT (Medical School Admission Test). See the American Medical College Application Service® (AMCAS®) website for details. Students are advised not to apply without these prerequisites and adequate preparation.

Admission requirements vary by school. Students should use this information as a guideline. It is important that students verify specific admissions requirements with each medical school directly before applying. Refer to the most recent edition of Medical School Admission Requirements and medical school websites for further information.

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