Typical requirements for medical school include two years of chemistry, at least one year of biology, one year of physics (usually with calculus) and a year of composition.
The requirements are very similar to those for a chemistry, biochemistry, or biology major, so many students major in one of those areas. However, it is not unusual for students who have majored in history or music to be accepted to medical school, as long as they have successfully completed the science requirements.
It is recommended that students complete the required science requirements by the end of junior year, so that they will be prepared to take the MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test) before the beginning of their senior year. This timing in necessary if the student intends to begin medical school the fall after graduation from Monmouth.
Some schools also require courses in calculus, biochemistry, psychology, sociology and statistics. Students interested in a particular medical school should check the school web site for requirements to make sure that the necessary coursework can be completed.
Students may also refer to the Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR) book, which is published by the Association of American Medical Colleges http://www.aamc.org, and lists all medical schools’ requirements. This site also contains information about the MCAT and the site to register for the test.
Kevin Baldwin, Laura Moore
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