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Biological Sciences

Pre-Medical, Pre-Dental, Pre-Pharmacy


Medical, dental, and pharmacy schools accept students from any academic major. However, a strong background in science, including chemistry, biology and mathematics, is recommended and/or required for entrance into most professional health programs. Common undergraduate coursework requirements include the following Mount St. Mary’s courses:

General biology, one year: BIO 1A/1AL; BIO 1B/1BL (10 units)

General (inorganic) chemistry, one year: CHE 1A/1D/1AL; CHE 1B/1BL (10 units)

Organic chemistry, one year: CHE 6A/6AL; CH 6B/6BL (10 units)

Physics with lab, one year: PHY 1A or 11A; PHY 1B or 11B and PHY 1L (8 units)

Calculus, one year: MTH 5A; MTH 5B (8 units)

English, one year: ENG 1A/1B (6 units)

Specific requirements for different professional health schools vary; be sure to check the requirements of the school in which you are interested. Recommended courses may include upper division courses in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, sociology and psychology.

Professional health school admissions are competitive. A grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 is preferable, but applicants with GPAs of 3.0 will often be considered for admission if there are additional educational experiences such as undergraduate research and volunteer service. 

Your performance on the medical admissions test is important: the Medical School Admission Test (MCAT), the Dental Aptitude Test (DAT), and the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) may be given substantial weight by professional schools. In general, the sections of these tests are similar to the required undergraduate coursework.

Please work with your academic advisor to design a curriculum that will satisfy the requirements for the health professional school of your choice.