Planning for PreHealth Students
Transcript Planning for PreHealth Students
Academic Planning for
John Muir College
Some Potential Paths
Allopathic Medicine (M.D.)
Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)
Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.)
Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.)
Dentistry (D.D.M. or D.D.S.)
Pharmacy (Pharm. D.)
The Kinds of Classes You Need
ENGLISH: 1 yr MCWP 40, 50, and recommended to take 1 more Social
Science or Humanities course with writing component.
MATH: 1 yr MATH 10 ABC or 20ABC (based on your major requirements)
Statistics may be required -MATH 11
BIOLOGY: 1 yr + lab BILD 1, 2, 3
The following are not required, but you may benefit from them in preparation for
the MCAT: BICD 100 (Genetics), BIPN 100 (Mammalian Physiology), BIBC 100
or BIBC 102 (Biochemistry). See the UCSD Catalog for prerequisites!
General CHEMISTRY : 1 yr + lab CHEM 6ABC & 7L
Organic CHEMISTRY :1 yr + lab CHEM 140ABC & 143A
PHYSICS: 1 yr + lab PHYS 1, 2, or 4 series
NOTE: Optometry, Dentistry, Pharmacy, and Nursing may require
additional courses (ie Psych., Econ., Speech.)Visit Career Center for details
or see http://career.ucsd.edu
Things to Watch Out For
Courses not offered at UCSD.
Differences between schools.
Letters of recommendation.
Application fees and travel expenses for future interviews.
Choice of Major. . . Which one is the
Myths about majors
There is no “best” major for application to a pre-health
There is no data to suggest pre-health programs have a
preference for a certain type of major over another.
Students should select the major that interests them the most.
You will need to incorporate your pre-health requirements into
your four year plan.
Choice of Major
Non-Biology Majors at UCSD that will incorporate pre-
health requirements as part of the major:
Environmental Systems – Earth Sciences, EBE, &
Environmental Chemistry tracks.
The Ambitious Course Plan
• Earliest time for
• Latest time for
• Line up letters of
about letters of
Tests You Need
Type of Program Exam
PCAT (generally not required in CA.)
GRE sometimes required.
Career Services: http://career.ucsd.edu/