Pre-Health Courses at Drew

Students on the pre-health track at Drew University must complete coursework in the following disciplines in order to be eligible to apply to medical and most other health professional schools: Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, and English. These courses are required by the professional schools. Students should follow one of the schedules below in addition to satisfying their major, minor, and breadth requirements. The pre-health track is intensive, but manageable. Students are able to successfully complete this curriculum while pursuing any major and minor of their choice. Typically, pre-health students aim to complete the basic science requirements by the end of their junior year in preparation to take the MCAT that summer. However, many others opt to take a gap year by spreading the basic science requirements over all four years and then taking the MCAT the summer after their senior year. Students should meet our pre-health advisors in order to determine the best path for them.

The basic pre-health requirements (Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physics, Math and English) are the same for MOST health professions. However, the required electives may differ. For example, some health professional schools require advanced Biology courses beyond what is listed here, and some require specific social science courses. The MCAT 2015 will also require competency in basic Psychology and Sociology. Even if you take the MCAT before 2015, you should still include these courses because many medical schools already expect you to have competencies in these areas. Pre-health students should consult with a pre-health advisor or the schools directly and adjust their coursework accordingly.

Students do not have to major in a science discipline to go to health professional school. They should select a major based upon their academic interests and strengths. Admissions committees like applicants who are academically and personally well-rounded. To be competitive for health professional school, students should maintain strong GPA’s both in the sciences and non-sciences. They should also cultivate a strong record of clinical, research and community service experience. Many students choose to take a year in between graduating from Drew and entering health professional school in order to enhance their candidacy (a gap year). If this year is used productively (working in a hospital or research setting, volunteering abroad, taking additional science courses, pursuing a graduate degree, etc.) it can be a great advantage to the applicant.

MCAT after Junior Year

(Applying for entry in the fall directly after graduating from Drew)

1) Doubling Up First Year

First Year

Fall

  • BIOL 150/Ecology and Evolution or NEUR 101/Introduction to Neuroscience
  • CHEM 150/ Principles of Chemistry I
  • PSYC 101/Introduction to Psychology or SOC 101/Introduction to Sociology (new requirements for MCAT 2015)
  • WRTG 103/College Writing

Spring

  • BIOL 160/Diversity of Life
  • CHEM 160/Principles of Chemistry II
  • PSYC 101/Introduction to Psychology or SOC 101/Introduction to Sociology (new requirements for MCAT 2015)

Second Year

Fall

  • CHEM 250/Organic Chemistry I
  • BIOL 250/Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • REL 216/Bio–Medical Ethics (recommended)
  • PSYC 101, SOC 101 or MATH 117/Introductory Statistics

 

Spring

  • CHEM 350/Organic Chemistry II
  • BIOL 252/Microbiology
  • PSYC 101, SOC 101 or MATH 117
  • BIOL 250/Molecular and Cellular Biology

Third Year

Fall

  • CHEM 360/Foundations in Biochemistry (new requirement for MCAT 2015)
  • PHYS 111/Intro to Physics I or PHYS 150/University Physics I
  • MATH 150/Calculus I (if taking PHYS 150)
  • BIOL 256/Anatomy & Physiology I (recommended)

 

Spring

  • PSYC 101, SOC 101 or MATH 117
  • PHYS 112/Intro to Physics II or
  • PHYS 160/University Physics II
  • MATH 151/Calculus II (if taking PHYS 160)
  • BIOL 258/Anatomy & Physiology II (recommended)

For MCAT 2015, PSYC 101, SOC 101, and MATH 117 all need to be completed by the end of your third (junior) year.

MATH 117 may not be necessary for those majoring in heavily quantitative areas, such as Chemistry, Mathematics, and/or Physics.

BIOL 252, BIOL 256, AND BIOL 258 are recommended but not required for the MCAT.

Fourth Year

Fall

  • REL 216/Bio-Medical Ethics (recommended)
  • Second English Requirement

 

Spring

  • BIOL 252/Microbiology

2) General Chemistry Summer Session

 First Year

Fall

  • BIOL 150/Ecology and Evolution or NEUR 101/Introduction to Neuroscience
  • PSYC 101/Introduction to Psychology or SOC 101/Introduction to Sociology (new requirements for MCAT 2015)
  • WRTG 103/College Writing

Spring

  • BIOL 160/Diversity of Life
  • PSYC 101/Introduction to Psychology or SOC 101/Introduction to Sociology (new requirements for MCAT 2015)

 

Summer

  • CHEM 150/ Principles of Chemistry I
  • CHEM 160/Principles of Chemistry II

Second Year

Fall

  • CHEM 250/Organic Chemistry I
  • BIOL 250/Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • REL 216/Bio–Medical Ethics (recommended)
  • PSYC 101, Soc 101 or Math 117/Introductory Statistics (new requirement for MCAT 2015)

 

Spring

  • CHEM 350/Organic Chemistry II
  • BIOL 252/Microbiology
  • PSYC 101, Soc 101 or Math 117
  • BIOL 250/Molecular and Cellular Biology

Third Year

Fall

  • PHYS 111/Intro to Physics I or
  • PHYS 150/University Physics I
  • MATH 150/Calculus I (if taking PHYS 150)
  • CHEM 360/Foundations in Biochemistry (new requirement for MCAT 2015)
  • BIOL 256/Anatomy & Physiology I (recommended)

Spring

  • PHYS 112/Intro to Physics II or
  • PHYS 160/University Physics II
  • MATH 151/Calculus II (if taking PHYS 160)
  • BIOL 258/Anatomy & Physiology II (recommended)

For MCAT 2015, PSYC 101, SOC 101, and MATH 117 all need to be completed by the end of your third (junior) year.

MATH 117 may not be necessary for those majoring in heavily quantitative areas, such as Chemistry, Mathematics, and/or Physics.

BIOL 252, BIOL 256, AND BIOL 258 are recommended but not required for the MCAT.

Fourth Year

Fall

  • Second English Requirement

3) Doubling Up Second Year

First Year

Fall

  •  CHEM 150/ Principles of Chemistry I
  • PSYC 101/Introduction to Psychology or SOC 101/Introduction to Sociology (new requirement for MCAT 2015)
  •  WRTG 103/College Writing

Spring

  •  CHEM 160/Principles of Chemistry II
  • PSYC 101/Introduction to Psychology or SOC 101/Introduction to Sociology (new requirement for MCAT 2015)

Second Year

Fall

  • BIOL 150/Ecology and Evolution or NEUR 101/Introduction to Neuroscience
  • CHEM 250/Organic Chemistry I
  • BIOL 250/Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • REL 216/Bio–Medical Ethics (recommended)

Spring

  • BIOL 160/Diversity of Life
  • CHEM 350/Organic Chemistry II
  • BIOL 252/Microbiology
  • PSYC 101, Soc 101 or Math 117/ Introductory Statistics (new requirement for MCAT 2015

 Third Year

Fall

  • CHEM 360/Foundations in Biochemistry (new requirement for MCAT 2015)
  • PHYS 111/Intro to Physics I or
  • PHYS 150/University Physics I
  • Math 150/Calculus I (if taking PHYS 150)
  • BIOL 256/Anatomy & Physiology I (recommended)

Spring

  • PSYC 101, Soc 101 or Math 117/ Introductory Statistics (new requirement for MCAT 2015)
  • PHYS 112/Intro to Physics II or
  • PHYS 160/University Physics II
  • Math 151/Calculus II (if taking PHYS 160)
  • BIOL 258/Anatomy & Physiology II (recommended)

For MCAT 2015, PSYC 101, Soc 101, and Math 117 all need to be completed by the end of your third (junior) year.

MATH 117 may not be necessary for those majoring in heavily quantitative areas, such as Chemistry, Mathematics, and/or Physics.

BIOL 252, BIOL 256, AND BIOL 258 are recommended but not required for the MCAT.

Fourth Year

Fall

  • Rel 216/Bio-Medical Ethics (recommended)
  • Second English Requirement

MCAT after Senior Year

(Taking a gap year(s) between Drew and medical school)

 First Year

Fall

  • BIOL 150/Ecology and Evolution or NEUR 101/Introduction to Neuroscience
  • PSYC 101/Introduction to Psychology or Soc 101/Introduction to Sociology (new requirements for MCAT 2015)
  • WRTG 103/College Writing

Spring

  • BIOL 160/Diversity of Life
  • PSYC 101/Introduction to Psychology or Soc 101/Introduction to Sociology (new requirements for MCAT 2015)

Second Year

Fall

  • CHEM 150/Principles of Chemistry I
  • MATH 117/Introductory Statistics (new requirement for MCAT 2015)
  • REL 216/Bio-Medical Ethics (recommended)

Spring

  • CHEM 160/Principles of Chemistry II

Third Year

Fall

  • BIOL 250/Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • CHEM 250/Organic Chemistry I
  • BIOL 256/Anatomy & Physiology I (recommended)
  • Second English Requirement

Spring

  • CHEM 350/Organic Chemistry II
  • BIOL 258/Anatomy & Physiology II (recommended)

Fourth Year

Fall

  • CHEM 360/Foundations in Biochemistry
  • PHYS 111/Intro to Physics I or
  • PHYS150/University Physics I
  • MATH 150/Calculus I (if taking PHYS 150)

Spring

  • BIOL/252 Microbiology (recommended)
  • PHYS 112/Intro to Physics II or PHYS 160/University Physics II
  • MATH 151/Calculus II (if taking PHYS 160)

About Advising

In addition to meeting with their academic adviser each semester, pre-health students will meet with a pre-health advisor regularly to ensure that they are on track with their course requirements, maintaining a competitive GPA for their chosen health professional track, and preparing appropriately for the application process.

About AP Credit

Most medical schools do not accept AP credit in the basic sciences, so most pre-med students with AP credit in Chemistry, or Physics will forfeit the credit and repeat the coursework on the college level. On occasion, if a student has high enough AP scores in one of these disciplines, they will place into advanced courses, but they still must complete one year of coursework with the corresponding laboratory sections in each of these disciplines in order meet medical school admission requirements. Most medical schools that have college math requirements will accept qualifying AP mathematics scores.