Traditionally, Saint Mary’s students intending to enter the medical profession have majored in biology or chemistry. However, medical schools give equal consideration to students with any major, as long as students have completed the prerequisite coursework. Thus, a student interested in medicine should not automatically exclude any course of study when entering Saint Mary’s. Rather each student should consider such factors as personal interest, aptitude, and alternative career goals when choosing a major.
Regardless of choice of major, there are certain courses that are required by virtually all allopathic and osteopathic medical schools. These include 1-year sequential courses in general chemistry (Chemistry 8, 9; 10, 11), organic chemistry (Chemistry 104; 106), general biology (Biology 92, 93; 94, 95), general physics (Physics 10, 20; 11, 21), and English. Calculus (Math 27, 28) is required for physics. All these courses should be completed before taking the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). If the student wants to enter medical school after graduation, he/she should take the MCAT during his/her junior year. In addition, it is advisable to take at least 1 upper division science course as an elective if a science major is not chosen. Some medical schools suggest or require additional courses in biochemistry, psychology, or foreign language. Thus, the student is advised to check the specific requirements of prospective medical schools. All pre-medical students, regardless of academic major, should seek counseling from the Health Professions Advisor in the School of Science initially upon entering Saint Mary’s and thereafter on a regular basis.