Quinnipiac first year medical student, Van Mai, works with Dr. Renika McLeod-Labissiere and her patients at Prospect Family Medicine on May 5, 2015. Image by Johnathon Henninger

Pre-Medical Studies and Advising

If you supply the drive and ambition, our pre-med advising office and pre-med designation will provide the scientific foundation and experiential background to help you gain a competitive edge when you apply to professional school.

Designation Overview

When it’s time to begin looking at medical schools or to pursue a professional degree in fields such as dentistry, pharmacy, PA, veterinary medicine, physical therapy, podiatry or optometry, you’ll be ready.  As a pre-med student, you’ll receive expert guidance from our dedicated director of pre-health advising, who provides a wide variety of programming and one-on-one advisement to help you to identify and pursue clinical exposure, research and volunteer experiences.  In the increasingly competitive world of medical school admissions, strategically working with a pre-health advisor is critical to your success.  

The pre-med designation perfectly complements a variety of majors. The courses completed through the pre-med designation form an essential foundation for further study in the health professions. The courses can be completed along with almost any undergraduate major, allowing students to pursue a variety of academic interests while completing medical school prerequisites.

As a pre-med student, your life as an undergrad will go far beyond the classroom.  Through on-campus clubs, research, local volunteer opportunities, and access to local hospitals, clinics, and other medical settings, you can easily get the experiences you need to be a competitive medical school candidate.   

The pre-medical studies designation must be declared in addition to another degree and is not a stand-alone program.

Curriculum and Requirements

Course Requirements

All courses listed in this section may count toward both the major (if applicable) and the premedical studies program.

Required Courses (All Courses Required for a Minimum of 44 Credits)

Students must complete all of the listed required courses, as they are the minimum prerequisites for application to most medical schools and form the basis of standardized admission tests (Medical College Admission Test, Dental Admission Test, Optometry Admission Test and Pharmacy College Admission Test).

Course List
Required Courses
Select one of the following:4
BIO 101
& 101L
General Biology I
and General Biology I Lab
BIO 150
& 150L
General Biology for Majors
and General Biology for Majors Laboratory
Select one of the following:4
BIO 102
& 102L
General Biology II
and General Biology Lab II
BIO 151
& 151L
Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics
and Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics Lab
CHE 110
& 110L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
CHE 111
& 111L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
CHE 210
& 210L
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
CHE 211
& 211L
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab
PHY 110
& 110L
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
PHY 111
& 111L
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
CHE 315
& 315L
Biochemistry I
and Biochemistry Lab I
MA 141Calculus of a Single Variable I3
Recommended Elective Courses
Psychology and Sociology
Genetics 1
Cell Biology 2
Anatomy and Physiology 3

i.e., BIO 282 / BIO 282L, or BIO 382, or BIO 471 / BIO 471L


i.e., BIO 346 / BIO 346L or BIO 568


i.e., BIO 211 and BIO 212

Students are encouraged to check the specific prerequisite course requirements of any health professions program to which they intend to apply. The selection of additional courses, especially those emphasizing critical reading and writing should be at the discretion of the student in consultation with the student’s academic and prehealth advisers.

Many professional schools recommend additional elective course work in preparing for admission. Course work in the humanities and social sciences provide breadth, and science electives provide a more extensive background for subjects covered by the standardized admissions tests.

Students should refer to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) online database Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR®) for full information regarding the required and recommended course work for medical school. Additionally, MSAR content information can be found on the AAMC website.