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Pre-Medicine (Pre-Med) Requirements

The following requirements and recommendations are for the University of Kansas School of Medicine. In addition to the required courses, an applicant must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. The bachelor's degree can be in any discipline (for example, biochemistry). Other medical schools have similar requirements, but inquiry should be made by the junior year to ensure compliance.


Washburn Courses

General Chemistry (2 semesters with labs)  CH 151 Fundamentals of Chemistry I (5)
CH 152 Fundamentals of Chemistry II (5)
Organic Chemistry (2 semesters with labs)  CH 340 / 342 Organic Chemistry I / Lab (5)
CH 341 / 343 Organic Chemistry II / Lab (5)
Biology (2 semesters with labs)  BI 102 General Cellular Biology (5)

BI 103 General Organismal Biology (5)

or BI 255 Human Physiology (4)

Physics (2 semesters with labs)  PS 261 College Physics I (5)
PS 262 College Physics II (5)
PS 281 General Physics I (5)
PS 282 General Physics II (5)

Mathematics (1 semester)

[college-level algebra or above]

MA 151 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I (5)

or MA 140 Statistics (3)

English (2 semesters)  EN 101 Freshman Composition (3)
EN 300 Advanced Composition (3)

The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is required of all applicants. To be better prepared for the MCAT, premedical students should also take Biochemistry I (CH 350), Basic Concepts in Psychology (PY 100), and Introduction to Sociology (SO 100), in addition to the courses listed above.

A general understanding of health care and medicine, based upon employment, volunteer and shadowing experiences, is also expected.

Premedical students are encouraged to take some of the following highly recommended courses:

  • AL 101 Introduction to Healthcare (3)
  • PH 224 Medical Ethics (3)
  • CH 350 Biochemistry I (3)
  • CH 352 Biochemistry II (3)
  • BI 110 General Zoology (4)
  • BI 275 Human Anatomy (4)
  • BI 301 Microbiology (4)
  • BI 333 General Genetics (4)
  • BI 355 Developmental Biology (5)
  • BI 357 Histology (4)
  • BI 362 Immunology (3)

Please Direct Questions to

Dr. Sam Leung, Pre-Medical Advisor (Chemistry)

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