This title is not a major, but a course of study. Students do not need to major in any particular subject in order to apply for and be accepted to a Medical School. Many students choose to follow majors that are based in the Biological Sciences because many of the Pre-Med courses are built into the major. However, students are advised to major in a subject they will do well in and enjoy, and make sure to take the Pre-Med courses as part of their electives at the community college or the university they transfer to. As soon as students have decided on their major, they should make sure to fulfill the lower division requirements for that major as well as the Pre-Med requirements. The following requirements are the medical school requirements from universities in California. Please refer to catalogs for the additional requirements for medical school including MCAT scores, interviews, etc.
NOTE: AGREEMENTS CONCERNING TRANSFER ARE CONSTANTLY BEING UPDATED, THEREFORE, THE STUDENT IS CAUTIONED TO CHECK WITH A COUNSELOR OR THE TRANSFER CENTER FOR CURRENT TRANSFER INFORMATION.
Suggested Required courses for Medical School
General Biology + Lab 2 semesters
General Chemistry + Lab 2 semesters
Organic Chemistry + Lab 1 semester
Physics + Lab 2 semesters
Biochemistry 1 semester
Molecular Biology* 1 course
* Molecular Biology requirement met by following courses: molecular genetics, cell and molecular biology, advanced cell biology or equivalent.
Recommended Courses will vary among schools:
College Math or calculus and statistics
Facility in use of computers
English 1 year
Suggested GCC courses
BIOL 101 and 102
CHEM 101 and 102
CHEM 105 and 106
PHYS 105 and 106
A course in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
ENGL 101, 102 or 104
MATH 103, 136
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