General Medicine

You will be completing your pre-medical studies during a time of evolution in the premedical requirements. While it is not clear yet exactly what impact these changes will have on specific premedical course requirements at individual medical schools, Haverford is very involved in making plans for these possible changes. We recognize that there will be some uncertainty moving forward, but we believe that if you plan to take the traditional course requirements for medical school admission, it will be a good and productive way to begin your college career. Stay in touch with the pre-health advisor who can provide advice and support in choosing classes while you explore a career in medicine.

Traditional Core Pre-Medical Course Requirements

  • One year of biology with lab
  • One year of general chemistry with lab
  • One year of organic chemistry with lab (or one semester of organic and one semester of biochemistry
  • One year of physics with lab
  • One year of english

Additional Course Requirements and Special Situations

  • Science: Many medical schools require or strongly recommend one or two additional upper level science courses. We advise non-science major premedical students to take 1-2 upper level biology courses in addition to the core premedical science requirements, and one of those courses should be biochemistry.
  • AP/IB credits: Because medical schools want to see that you can handle college level science and laboratory work, at a minimum you should take as many college level science courses as are listed in the premedical requirements. If you have AP/IB credits, this often means that you may take upper level science courses instead of introductory courses, but sometimes the science departments will still recommend that students take the Haverford introductory science courses. If you have AP/IB credit in science, speak to your advisor and to the prehealth advisor about the best course choices for your individual situation.
  • Math: Approximately 35% of the US medical schools have math requirements. Those that require math usually require one semester of either statistics or calculus.
  • AP/IB credits in math: Most medical schools will accept AP/IB credits to satisfy the premedical math requirement. A few state medical schools, including some from the University of California system, however, will not accept AP or IB credits for their statistics or calculus requirement. If you have AP/IB credit for statistics or calculus, please check with your home state medical schools about their math requirements.
  • Miscellaneous other course requirements: Although medical schools may have general requirements for coursework in the humanities, some state medical schools may have very specific course requirements in social sciences and humanities. The Medical School Admissions Requirements (MSAR), published online annually by the AAMC, includes information about course prerequisites. You should meet with the prehealth advisor early in your college career to review course requirements for medical schools in your home state.