A Christian College of the Liberal Arts & Sciences


Prerequisite Courses

No specific major is required. Historically, though, most premedical students have majored in biology or chemistry. If one majors outside the sciences, consideration should be given to completing a minor in biology.

Integrative Studies Curriculum (required for all students at Houghton)

Core Science and Math Courses (required by med schools for admission and to prepare for the MCAT)

  • General Biology (2 semesters)
  • General Chemistry (2 semesters)
  • Organic Chemistry (2 semesters)
  • General Physics (2 semesters)
  • Calculus (1 semester)

Other electives available (sampling):

  • Biochemistry (required by some medical schools)
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology
  • Human Genetics
  • Immunology
  • Medical Ethics
  • Microbiology

Representative academic timeline for a premed student

Flexibility exists within this general guideline for those who choose to participate in First Year Honors Programs, or for those who decide after their first year to pursue a career in medicine.

First Year

  • General Biology
  • General Chemistry
  • Integrative Studies requirements

Summer: Begin to look for possible volunteer/shadowing experiences

Second Year

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Calculus (if not taken in first year)
  • Integrative Studies requirements
  • Courses for major

Summer: Volunteer/shadowing experiences

Third year

  • General Physics
  • (Research course available to science majors)
  • Courses for major
  • Request institutional letter of recommendation (Fall)
  • Meet with letter writing committee
  • Review for and take MCAT
  • Begin personal statement
  • Submit list of medical schools to which you are planning to apply

Summer: Complete personal statement, AMCAS application, Take MCAT (if not taken in spring), Volunteer/shadowing experiences

Fourth Year

  • Medical Ethics (if not taken earlier)
  • Complete courses for major
  • Institutional letter of recommendation is sent
  • Secondary applications (as applicable)
  • Interview for medical schools as invited