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Premed Program Sequence

Freshman Year

At APU, the Premedical program begins during the freshman year as students establish a solid foundation in English and in the sciences (general biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, and calculus). Students should make it a priority to develop the work habits and the commitment to excellence that results in A grades in these core science courses. These courses, plus a semester of biochemistry, are a requirement for the majority of medical schools.

Sophomore Year

Typically, students apply to the “Premedical (Premed) Track” in spring of their sophomore year while taking 200-level biology and chemistry courses. The Department of Biology and Chemistry admits students to the Premed Track who have shown a serious commitment to preparing for a career in medicine, and who are performing at a level that would make acceptance into medical school a realistic possibility.

Admitted students progress through their college education with the fellowship and support of like-minded students, and benefit from academic advising from members of the Premedical Advisory Committee.

Junior Year

In their junior year, students in the Premed Track have the opportunity to take our in-house MCAT review course and the Premed Practicum course.

Senior Year

As seniors, Premed Track students prepare for the process of interviewing at medical schools by participating in mock interviews with the Premedical Advisory Committee. This experience culminates with the committee assisting each student with the application process and submitting a committee letter on his/her behalf.

Medical/Dental School Academic Prerequisites

In addition to APU’s General Education requirements, the following is typical of the academic prerequisites required by most medical or dental schools:

Chemistry
CHEM 151
General Chemistry*
4
CHEM 152
General Chemistry II
4
CHEM 251
Organic Chemistry – Theory I
4
CHEM 252
Organic Chemistry – Theory II
4
CHEM 261
Organic Chemistry – Lab
1
CHEM 262
Organic Chemistry – Lab
1
Biology
BIOL 151
General Biology I*
4
BIOL 152
General Biology II
4
Mathematics (Select one pair)
MATH 151
Applied Calculus I
3
MATH 152
Applied Calculus II
3
- or -
MATH 161
Calculus I
5
MATH 162
Calculus II
4
Physics (Select one pair)
PHYC 151
Physics for Life Sciences I*
4
PHYC 152
Physics for Life Sciences II
4
- or -
PHYC 161
Physics for Science and Engineering I*
5
PHYC 162
Physics for Science and Engineering II
5
Additional Courses
Furthermore, the following courses provide excellent preparation for medical school:
BIOC 360
Principles of Biochemistry
4
BIOC 380
Biochemistry I
4
BIOC 381
Biochemistry II
4
BIOL 240
Biology of Microorganisms
4
BIOL 280
Cell Biology
4
BIOL 300
Genetics
4
BIOL 336
Vertebrate Biology
4
BIOL 350
Mammalian Physiology
4
CHEM 300
Quantitative Analysis – Theory
2
CHEM 310
Quantitative Analysis – Laboratory
2
PSYC 110
General Psychology
3
SOC 120
Introduction to Sociology
3

*Meets General Education requirement.

Note: This information is current for the 2013-14 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.