Pharmacy, Natural & Health Sciences

Biology-Chemistry - Physician (M.D.)

Preparing for a Career as a Physician (M.D.)

  • Course Work - All medical schools require a minimum course work of: one year each of general chemistry, organic chemistry, biology, and physics; one semester each of biochemistry, social science, and behavioral science. Many schools have additional requirements of math and English. It is always wise to check on the specific requirements of schools to which you may eventually apply.

  • Course Sequences
    Biology-Chemistry Major
    Biology-Chemistry Major (Fast Forward)

  • Experiences - Most medical schools look favorably upon experience that suggests that you have familiarity with the occupation you are pursuing. This experience fits into two categories.

    • Basic research - Conducted on your home campus or at some other campus, research shows intellectual growth and problem solving skills that may lack from ordinary coursework.

    • Health care-related experience - Job shadow a health care professional, get a summer job in a health care position, or participate in a meaningful volunteer experience.

  • Application process - the process is quite complex and has several steps.

    • MCAT exam - taken in the spring or early summer of the junior year. This exam has four major sections (Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems; Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills; Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems; and Psychological, Social and Biological Foundations of Living Systems. The almost eight-hour test is offered several times a month from January through September each year. 

      ·         MCAT Study Materials

      ·         Official MCAT Exam Preparation products are available. 

      ·         Other study guides are available for purchase online.


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