Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences

Post-Baccalaureate Student Preparation for Medical School Course Suggestions

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Requirements (typical):  
One year of biology BIO 200 / 201 Introductory Biology I, plus
BIO 202 / 203 Introductory Biology II
One year of general chemistry CHM 261 / 266 General Chemistry I, plus
CHM 262 / 267 General Chemistry II
One year of organic chemistry CHM 331 / 336 Organic Chemistry I, plus 
CHM 332 / 337 Organic Chemistry II
One year of physics PHY 231 and PHY 232 College Physics with Biomedical Applications I & II
(or PHY 231 and PHY 232 College Physics I & II
One year of mathematics (many require Calculus, but if you have a choice, Statistics may be more useful to your career) MTH 147 Statistical Concepts and MTH 247 Statistical Methods, or
MTH 181 and MTH 182 Calculus I & II
Strongly recommended:  
Semester of biochemistry & molecular biology BIO 306
Semester of anatomy (required by OSU) BIO 420/421 Vertebrate Anatomy; HSC 475/457 Human Gross Anatomy
Semester of cell biology BIO 308 / 309


Beyond the basic requirements, second year medical students view a variety of upper-level biology courses as essential for success in medical school, according to "Perceptions of second year medical students: the importance of undergraduate coursework" (K.Cheesman, K.T.Mechlin, P.Abels, J. Barnett, M. Easton). In order, courses seen as essential were

  • Histology
  • Physiology
  • Immunology
  • Endocrinology
  • Biochemistry
  • Anatomy
  • General Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Embryology
  • Genetics

Students at Ohio University and Ohio State were among those included in the survey. Students who took these courses and those who wished they had agreed on their importance. As the summary states, "medicine is biology-driven". Copies of the poster are available from the BGES undergraduate advisor.