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Name: Dr. Gina Mancini-Samuelson (Chemistry and Biochemistry) or Dr. Kurt Olson (Biology)

Most medical schools consider a four-year liberal arts background the best preparation for studying medicine and for a professional career as a practicing physician. Application for admission to a medical school is normally made after the junior year of college. To be eligible for admission, students must complete a series of specific prerequisite courses as part of their undergraduate program at St. Catherine's. While prerequisite requirements vary in detail, all emphasize course work in the natural sciences. However, because medical schools do not require a specific academic major for admission, students may complete these prerequisite courses as part of an undergraduate program that includes any major of their choosing.

The prerequisite courses that are often required for admission to medical school and are preparation for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) include:

BIOL 1710
BIOL 1720
Foundations of Biology: Diversity and Evolution with Lab
and Foundations of Biology: Cell and Molecular Biology with Lab
CHEM 1110
CHEM 1120
General Chemistry I with Lab
and General Chemistry II with Lab
CHEM 2010
CHEM 2020
Organic Chemistry I with Lab
and Organic Chemistry II with Lab
CHEM 4400Biochemistry with Lab4
English literature and composition (2 or 3 courses)8-12
MATH 1130Calculus I4
STAT 1090Statistical Analysis (or other statistics course)4
Select one of the following:8
Physics for the Health Sciences I with Lab
and Physics for the Health Sciences II with Lab
Introductory Physics I with Lab
and Introductory Physics II with Lab
PSYC 1001General Psychology with Lab4
SOCI 1000Principles and Concepts of Sociology4

Additional recommended courses: Upper-level biology and chemistry courses and an ethics course.