Career & Leadership Development

Required Courses for Admission to American Medical Schools

  • Two semesters of biology
  • Four semesters of chemistry
  • Two semesters of physics
  • One semester of math (Calculus) 
  • Two semesters of English
  • Some medical schools require biochemistry with laboratory or four semesters of biology


Sewanee does not offer a pre-medical major; students are free to major in the discipline of their choice. However, you should be careful to also complete courses that are required by the particular school that you want to attend.

At Sewanee, a student will normally take Chemistry 120 (General Chemistry), Chemistry 201-202 (Organic Chemistry), Physics 101-102 (General Physics), Biology 133 and 233, and an advanced biology course and chemistry course chosen after consultation with the chairs of the Sewanee Health Professions Advisory Committee. These courses are the science prerequisites for the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) and the DAT (Dental Admission Test). Since these tests must be taken approximately one year before you plan to enter professional school, you must complete these science courses no later than the end of your junior year if you want to qualify for admission in the year that you graduate from Sewanee. Veterinary medical schools now require the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and some require the GRE in biology. Please consult the veterinary schools you plan to apply to. 

Also note that beginning with the 2015 MCAT exam, students are also expected to have one semester of biochemistry (Biology 316 or Chemistry 307), one semester of psychology (Psychology 100 or 101), one semester of sociology, and one semester of statistics is recommended (Statistics 204). 

The important message is to start early if you want to enter medical, dental, or veterinary school in the fall after you graduate from Sewanee. First semester students should take one of the following courses: Biology 133, Chemistry 120, or Physics 101. It is also desirable to complete at least one semester of mathematics during your first year.