Pre-Health + Biochemistry Major Course Plan

The information below shows a sample schedule that includes the courses required for most pre-health programs (details about specific programs should be discussed with a faculty member) and to fulfill a biochemistry major. Students are encouraged to study abroad, pursue minors and generally explore the curriculum, so this sample is only a starting point.

First Year – Fall
FYP (1.25 credits)
BIOL 101, General Biology I (1.25 credits)
CHEM 103, General Chemistry I (1.25 credits)
MATH 135, Calculus I (1.00 credit)

First Year – Spring
FYS (1.25 credits)
BIOL 102, General Biology II (1.25 credits)
CHEM 104, General Chemistry II (1.25 credits)
MATH 136, Calculus II (1.0 credit)

Sophomore Year - Fall
CHEM 221, Organic Chemistry I (1.25 credits)
PHYS 102 or 151 Physics I (1.25 credits)
BIOL 245, Genetics (1.00 credit)
Elective

Sophomore Year – Spring
CHEM 222, Organic Chemistry II (1.25 credits)
PHYS 103  or 152 Physics II (1.25 credits)
BIOL 250, Intro to Cell Biology (1.25 credits)
Elective

Junior Year – Fall
BIOCH 309, Biochemistry (1.0 credit)
BIOCH 394, Research Methods in Biochemistry (1.0 credit)
BIOL 304, Health Coaches I (rec) (0.5 credit)
BIOL 235, Foundations of Medicine (rec) (0.5 credit)
Elective

Junior Year – Spring
BIOCH 415, Advanced Biochemistry (1.0 credit)
BIOCH 395 Research Methods Molec Biochemistry (1.0 credit)
BIOL 305, Health Coaches II (rec) (0.5 credit)
BIOL 311, Foundations of Medicine I (rec) (0.5 credit)
Elective

Senior Year – Fall
SYE/Internship/Experiential Learning (0.5 credit)
Elective
Elective
Elective

Senior Year – Spring
SYE/Internship/Experiential Learning (0.5 credit)
CHEM 342, Thermodynamics and Kinetics (1.0 credit)
Elective
Elective

Please Note: There are other courses that may be required by some pre-health programs, for example:

Statistics, writing intensive English, Sociology, and Psychology. Many pre-health students take anatomy and physiology. We encourage students to view medicine from perspectives outside of the natural sciences. The most important part of navigating pre-health is to speak with faculty members each semester as you explore your interests. 

Courses in Health Across the Curriculum - We Encourage

AFS 3045 Zombies, Epidemics & Illnesses in Francophone World
AFS 4015/HIST 4017 Health and Healing in Africa
ANTH 3072 Medicines and Meanings
ANTH 4020 Anthropology of the Body
BIOL/GS/REL 412 Cross Cultural Healing
FRPG 2151 Neuroscience of Stress
GNDR 4020 Dis/Ability, Gender and Health
GS 268 Global Health and Justice
HIST 3047 Medicine and Empire
PCA 343 Taboo Performances
PCA 370 Against Health: Rhetoric & the Health Humanities
PH 216: Introduction to Public Health
PH 4001: Social Determinants of Health
PHIL 354 Biomedical Ethics
PSYC 256 Health Psychology
SOC 225 Women’s Health & Aging
SOC 246 Aging and Society w/CBL
SOC 275 Medical Sociology
SOC 308 Death and Dying