Pre-Med Requirements

Pre-Medicine Coursework

Because the prospective medical student with a broad educational background profits most from the medical curriculum, preference is given to applicants with a bachelor's degree. Courses in paramedical schools (such as pharmacy, nursing, optometry, medical, etc.) do not fulfill the premedical science requirements. Courses taken in non-accredited institutions will not be accepted. Applicants who have been dismissed from other medical schools for scholastic or disciplinary reasons will not be considered. The Admissions Committee reviews all course work completed at the undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and graduate levels.

In selecting courses, the premedical student should be aware of the broad scope of the medical profession. The biological basis for the practice of medicine is traditional and appropriate because medicine in its technical aspects is an applied biological science. Modern medical practice also requires a working knowledge of chemistry and physics to appreciate vital processes in both health and disease.

To be successful, medical students must be able to read rapidly and with understanding. They also must be able to express thoughts clearly and concisely.

Premedical students should develop a solid background in the humanities, psychology, sociology, philosophy and the arts. Understanding human relationships and human nature is vital to the practice of medicine. Students are encouraged to take courses, which would be difficult to acquire after the college experience is completed. The School of Medicine seeks to admit well-rounded students with broad and diverse experiences. 

Each applicant must complete the following courses prior to matriculation:


The biology requirement is fulfilled by one semester of cellular biology with lab and one semester of organismic biology with lab. Survey courses (an introductory course of study that provides a general view of an academic subject) in anatomy and physiology cannot be substituted for this requirement. AP Biology is not accepted. If your undergraduate institution accepted AP Biology, two upper level Biology courses with labs will be acceptable.

General Chemistry

This requirement is met by a one-year course in general inorganic chemistry with labs.

Organic Chemistry

This requirement is met by a one-year course in organic chemistry with labs. The course in organic chemistry should cover all of the major categories of organic compounds. A biochemistry lecture course may substitute for the second semester organic chemistry lab requirement.


This requirement is met by a one-year course in general physics with labs, including mechanics, electricity, heat, light and sound. Specialized courses in sub-disciplines cannot be substituted for any part of this requirement.


This requirement is met by one year of college level math (statistics is included as a math course) or one semester of Calculus (Calculus is recommended).


This requirement is met by 2 semesters of writing and/or literature courses in English. One semester may be substituted with a writing intensive course. AP credit is acceptable for 1 semester of English. Two semesters of AP English credit will not meet this requirement.

A year is defined as a minimum of 32 weeks. All science courses applied to the premedical requirements must include laboratory work. Applicants must receive a letter grade of C or higher for all courses required; reporting pass/fail is not acceptable.

ULSOM will not accept CLEP credit for any prerequisite course work.

Additional information on the acceptance of Junior/Community College coursework, AP/IB credits, and online course work can be found on the School of Medicine website.

Suggested Coursework

In addition to the required courses above, a biochemistry course is strongly encouraged to further strengthen the premedical academic foundation. A biochemistry lecture course may substitute for the second semester organic chemistry lab requirement. Since the Admissions Committee reviews the complete academic portfolio of applicants being considered, advanced course work which strengthens the premedical academic foundation will be favorably viewed during the evaluation process.