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PreMedical Recommended Courses


CLEP Credit & Correspondence Study
Not acceptable as part of the premed curriculum
AP Credits
Generally students must take coursework beyond introductory classes waived by AP
Online Courses
Online sections of semester based university classes, or online/in person hybrid sections of semester based classes will usually be accepted; online courses which are not university semester based (i.e, independent study) will generally not be accepted.
On your med school application, all repeated courses will be counted in your GPA
W’s should be used only for non-academicemergencies, though W’s will not affect GPA.

Preprofessional Science Course Guide1


990  (0) Pre-Algebra

1010 (4) Intermediate Algebra

1050 (4) College Algebra & 1060 (3) Trig: required by all med schools (prereq: Math 1010)


1080 (5) Pre-Calculus: this course combines the material from 1050/1060 into a single-semester, intensive course, and fills that requirement (prereq: Math 1010)

1070 (3) Statistics: recommended by many med schools (prereq: Math 1010)

1210 (4) Calculus: currently not required; strongly recommended by UUSOM and some other med schools

1220 (4) Calculus 2: optional



2010 (4) + 2015 (1) Gen. Physics 1+Lab (prereq: Math 1060)&

2020 (4) + 2025 (1) Gen. Physics 2+Lab


2210 (4) + 2015 (1) Physics for Scientists & Engineers 1+Lab (prereq Math 1210) &

2220 (4) + 2025 (1) Physics for Scientists & Engineers 2+Lab



1210 (4) Principles of Biology: fills 1 of 2 general biology requirements (AP Biology will NOT waive)

2020 (3) Cell Biology: required by UUSOM (prereq: Biol 1210 and Chem 1210)

2030 (3) Genetics: (prereq: Biol 2020)


2210 (3) Human Genetics: (prereq: Biol 1210)

2325 (4) Human Anatomy: required by many medical schools, fulfills BIOL lab requirement for most medical schools

2420 (4) Human Physiology: MCAT prep emphasis;strongly recom by UUSOM (prereq: Biol 1210 and Chem 1210))



1210 (4) + 1215 (1); Gen Chem 1+Lab (prereq: Math 1050)

1220 (4) + 1225 (1); Gen Chem 2+Lab

2310 (4) + 2315 (2); Organic Chem 1+Lab

2320 (4) + 2325 (2); Organic Chem 2+Lab

BIOL/CHEM 3510 (3) + BIOL/CHEM 3515 (3) Biochem I+Lab; fulfills BIOL lab requirement for most med schools if you register for course as BIOL. (prereq: Biol 2020, 2030, Chem 2320)


Non-Science Courses you need to complete beforethe application


English Composition/Writing: Need 2 semesters As a University of Utah student, WRTG 2010 & and your major department’s CW requirement will fill this requirement.

Diversity: UUSOM requires 1 course. As a University of Utah student any DV course taken to fill your GE requirements will fill this requirement.

Social Sciences: PSY 1010 and SOC 1010 will help prepare for the 2015 MCAT; most med schools require at least 1 course

Arts / Humanities: UUSOM requires 1 course either from humanities or arts. As a University of Utah student any fine arts or designated GE course will fill this requirement.



These opportunities have been all highly recommended by successful former premed students as excellent chances to learn more about become a physician.


UC 1020 (1) Intro to Premed: Taught by one our PPA advisors, students will not only learn about resources but also reflect on self within the context of this career.

WRTG 4905 (3) Medical and Health Science Discourse: Students examine documents including patient histories, clinical research reports, journal articles, personal narratives of patients and providers, online professional literature, and health-care videos, which they analyze in terms of rhetorical and larger discourses of power and ideology.

FPMD 5005 (2) Intro to Medical Professions: An excellent introduction to the world of clinical medicine, through presentations by various doctors in practice at the University Hospital.

PEDS 5900 (4-6) Clinical Research Methods and Practice: Students learn the fundamentals of clinical research, help conduct “real time” clinical research, and have the opportunity to interact with patients/families and the medical team.

College of Health LEAP Students who are interested in medicine and other healthcare career paths have a great opportunity for community building with the LEAP program and its coursework. See for details on the program and how to join this unique group.

ED PSYCH 3861 (1-6) Professionally supervised work experience related to student career goals and coordinated by University Career Services office. For detailed explanations of all internship aspects go to



1) This guide is designed for students preparing to apply to a range of medical schools. Some courses may not be required by all schools; some schools may require additional courses not on this list. See a PPA advisor for specifics.

2) In order to take the proper math class, you must have ACT, SAT or math placement test scores, or successfully pass a prerequisite math course.

3) Physics has 2 options. Consult with both your major advisor and a PPA advisor to choose the right sequence.

4) Taking Anatomy and Biochemistry labs fulfills biology lab requirements. However, there are some schools which do not accept these labs.

5) Optional preparatory courses are available for Chemistry and Physics:

  • CHEM 1200 (3) Prep for College Chemistry (Usually offered online. Check class schedule for more information)
  • CHEM 1208 (1) Intro to Periodic Table (Offered online between semesters for 2 weeks.)
  • CHEM 2308 (1) Intro to O Chem (Offered online between semesters for 2 weeks.)
    • PHYS 1500 (3) Prep for College Physics (Offered once a year. Check class schedule for more information)

Contact PreProfessional Advising


Bldg. 44, Room 206 [MAP]  (This is the main PPA office which include Mayumi, Shelley, and Cari's offices. Amy's office is in HPER North 234)

Spring 2017
Mon, Tue, Wed & Fri.
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The office will be closed for planned events on:

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Monday, January 16
  • Presidents Day: Monday, February 20
  • Spring Break: March 12-19

Appointments are required.

Current University students and Alumni can book their appointments ONLINE.
Appointment Manager

If you are a prospective students (freshman, transfer, post-baccalaureate) visiting our office for the first time, please call 801-581-5744 or email Catalina Cardona at to schedule an appointment. 


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Please try to arrive a few minutes early to check in before your appointment time. Students who are more than 9 minutes late will be rescheduled.

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Last Updated: 4/7/17