Recommended Courses

Recommended Courses

You are strongly advised not to overload your schedule with premed requirements in any one semester. As a rule, two premed courses in any single semester of your first year is plenty. We strongly advise you against taking calculus in combination with any two laboratory courses (chemistry, biology, or physics) in any one semester of your first year. If one of those subjects is a possible major, take the introductory sequence in that subject and (optimally) just one other science/math premed requirement at the same time. Many students planning to major in chemistry or biology take one chem course plus one bio course each semester of their first year. If you are considering a major in physics or mathematics, enroll in the intro sequence for that discipline and take one other premed course concurrently or leave other premed requirements until later. Remember, the goal is to do well in premed courses and also to explore the rich opportunities in other disciplines at MHC.

Introductory Biology
3 semesters with lab, Biol 145 AND Biol 200 OR Neuro 100 AND Biol 200 OR Biol 200 OR BIOL (&Chem) 160 AND Biol 200 AND Biol 230.

  • Any section of Biol145 offered with a laboratory is a suitable starting point and serves as the pre-req for Biol 200.
  • If you are considering Neuroscience as a major, take Neuro 100 with a lab instead of Biol 145 as the pre-req for Biol 200.
  • Taking Bio/Chem 160 results in just one lab during your first semester whereas students in Bio 145 and Chem 101 will have two labs.
  • If you have a strong background (AP/IB/Honors) another option exists:  Integrated Introduction to Biology and Chemistry , a single 8-credit course offered in the fall with one laboratory that meets requirements for BOTH introductory Biol and Chem courses.  Register for both Biol 160 and Chem 160 (160 courses can ONLY be taken as a pair).

General Chemistry
2 semesters with lab (Chem 101 AND Chem 201 OR Chem (& Biol) 160 AND Chem 201. 

Organic Chemistry
2 semesters with lab Chem 202 AND Chem 302.

  • Chemistry classes are sequential, and each is only offered one semester.  Thur, it makes sense to start Chemistry your first semester whenever possible.

Introductory Physics
2 semesters with lab Physics 100 AND Physics 150 OR Physics 110 AND Physics 201.

  • Physics 100 and 150 are designed for premed students (they do not use calculus, and cover topics likely to appear on the MCAT).
  • While Physics 110 and Physics 201 also meet the requirements for medical school, these calculus-based courses are designed to form the foundation for a physics, chemistry or biochemistry major. 

Many medical schools require, and we strongly recommend, two semesters of English.  All schools require you to demonstrate excellence in written and spoken English.


Mathematics and Statistics
Many medical schools require two semesters of math.  For most, one semester of calculus AND one semester of statistics suffice. Proficiency in math is essential for negotiating the pre-health curriculum.  Make sure  to begin with a good foundation.  Our mathematics department's online self-assessment Mathematics Assessment is helpful to find the best first course in mathematics.

  • Precalculus is offered for those needing to prepare for Calculus I: Math 100
  • Those with appropriate preparation, take Calculus I: Math 101
  • For students with calculus experience who want Calc II: Math 102
  • For students with no statistics or non-recent background:  Stat140
  • For students with some statistics background:  Stat242
  • For neuroscience and psychology majors this is required, plus Psych 200:  Psych 201 with lab

Very strongly recommended, sometimes required:

  • Biochem 311f: has a lab, for pre-vet students and requires both Bio 210 and Chem 101-201-202-302.
  • Chem 212 (taught on alternate years): has no lab, requires Chem 101-201-202 (302 is recommended but may be taken concurrently).
  • Chem 213 is the same course as 212 but includes a lab.
  • Several 200 and 300-level biochemistry courses are offered at the other schools in the five colleges, both with and without lab, and with different prerequisites, which may better match the requirements of the schools you are interested in and your course schedule.

Social and Behavioral Sciences
Some schools recommend or even require course work in the social and behavioral sciences.

The MCAT section will include content in these areas:

Psychology (PSYCH 100) -65% and Introduction to Sociology (SOC 123) - 30% and Biology – 5%.

The MCAT also has a focus on Research Methods (PSYCH 200 or STAT 242) and Ethics (PHIL 205 or 260) will be useful.  Professions like PT, PA, PharmD, OD & NP also have some requirements in these areas.  Investigate specific requirements early in your planning.