Are you considering medical school or a professional health program after graduation, such as dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, veterinary medicine, or podiatry? You may complete your pre-health science requirements as a part of, or in addition to, the requirements of your academic major. While most pre-health students major in biology or biochemistry, it is not necessary to do so. It is important to choose a major that reflects your particular interests, abilities, and strengths.

Pre-Health Science Requirements

Course Units Offered
BIOL 105 General Biology I Lecture/Lab 4 Fall, Spring, Summer
BIOL 106 General Biology II Lecture/Lab 4 Fall, Spring, Summer
CHEM 111 General Chemistry I Lecture/Lab 4 Fall, Summer
CHEM 113 General Chemistry II Lecture/Lab 4 Spring, Summer
CHEM 230/232 Organic Chemistry I Lecture/Lab 4 Fall, Summer (Lab - Fall only)
CHEM 231 Organic Chemistry II Lecture * 4 Spring, Summer
CHEM 356 Fundamentals of Biochemistry ** 4 Fall
PHYS 100 Intro to Physics I Lecture/Lab *** 4 Fall
PHYS 101 Intro to Physics II Lecture/Lab *** 4 Spring

* Second semester Organic Chemistry LAB is not typically required.

** Most programs require or recommend at least one semester of biochemistry. Another option is Biochemistry I and II (CHEM 350/351; Fall/Spring).

*** The Intro to Physics series is algebra-based; The General Physics series is calculus-based. Physics with calculus is not typically required.

Check with each individual health professions program regarding its particular requirements. Note that there may be fewer or additional requirements in chemistry, biology, mathematics, psychology, sociology, and economics.

Pre-Professional Health Committee

The Pre-Professional Health Committee (PPHC) guides students as they pursue entrance into professional health programs.The committee may provide letters of recommendation for enrollment in professional programs. While the PPHC is an optional service, it is in the student's best interest to take advantage of these opportunities.

If you have any questions, contact:

Dr. Mary Jane Niles
Professor, Biology
Chair, PPHC and Chief Health Professions Adviser
(415) 422-2354

Contact Info

Department of Biology

Mon-Fri, 9a.m. - 5p.m.

Harney Science Center 256 (415) 422-6755 (415) 422-6363