Carnegie Mellon University

These requirements apply to all students, regardless of the home college or department. 

Please note that these are general requirements and that medical schools may have differing or additional requirements.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to check the admissions requirements of each medical school prior to applying.  The only reliable information sources for these requirements are 1) the Medical School Admissions Requirements (MSAR) or 2) the websites of individual medical schools.

In reality there is a great range of prerequisites from schools that require nothing and recommend many things, to schools that consider competencies [pdf] instead of particular courses, to schools that have additional more advanced requirements for courses such as biochemistry or genetics or psychology.  Consult with Dr. D'Antonio or Ms. Veronica Peet for assistance in developing strategies for meeting the prerequisites at your list of schools.

Requirement

Course's Name

#

Units

Biology I

Modern Biology

Honors Modern Biology

03-121

03-151

9

10

Biology II Physiology 42-202 9

Biology Lab*

(one 9-unit lab)

Biology Laboratory 

Biomedical Engineering Lab

Experimental Techniques in Molecular Biology

03-124

03-206

03-343

9

9

12

Chem I

Intro to Modern Chemistry

Honors Modern Chemistry

09-105

09-107

10

10

Chem II Modern Chemistry II 09-106 10

Chem Lab**

Techniques in Quantitative Analysis (non Chem majors)

Intro to Chemical Analysis (Chem majors)

09-207

09-221

9

12

O-Chem I Organic Chemistry I 09-217 9
O-Chem II Organic Chemistry II 09-218 9

O-Chem Lab**

Techniques for Organic Synthesis & Analysis (non Chem majors)  

Organic Synthesis & Analysis  (Chem majors)

09-208

09-222

9

12

Biochemistry I Biochemistry I 03-231/03-232 9
Physics I

Physics I for Science Students

Physics I for Engineers

33-121

33-141

12

12

Physics II

Physics II for Biologists and Chemists

Physics II for Engineers and Physicists

33-122

33-142

9

12

Physics Lab Basic Experimental Physics 33-100 6
Calculus I Calculus I / Differential & Integral Calculus 21-111/21-120 10
Calculus II

Calculus II / Integration, Diff Equation & Approximation

/ Calc II for Biologists & Chemists

Statistics***

21-112/21-122

/21-124

36-XXX

10

10

9

English I Interpretation & Argument 76-101 9
English II English course of the student's choice,
typically 200-level or higher
76-XXX 9
Psychology Intro or Social Psych 85-XXX 9
Sociology**** Intro to Sociology 9

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*Biology majors are not required to take 03-124. 03-343 Experimental Genetics and Molecular Biology and 03-344 Experimental Biochemistry fulfill this requirement.

**HPP pre-health students are eligible to take either 9 or 12 unit versions of Chem Lab and O-Chem Lab.

***A semester of statistics may substitute for a semester of calculus at many medical schools.  36-201 Statistical Reasoning and Practice would act as the substitute.

****Recommended for MCAT Preparation.  Students can cross-register at Univ. of Pittsburgh or Duquesne Univ. for Intro to Sociology or complete it at a different institution.

These requirements apply to all students, regardless of the home college or department.

General Information

Because school specific requirements vary, students should consult the ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools.  Consult with Dr. D'Antonio for assistance in developing strategies for meeting the prerequisites at your list of schools.

These requirements apply to all students, regardless of the home college or department.

Because school specific requirements vary, students should consult the Schools and Colleges of Optometry shool list.  Consult with Dr. D'Antonio for assistance in developing strategies for meeting the prerequisites at your list of schools.

Because school-specific requirements vary, students should consult the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.  Consult with Dr. D'Antonio for assistance in developing strategies for meeting the prerequisites at your list of schools.

To further explore the field of Pharmacy, there are numerous resources at the AACP's webiste, "Is Pharmacy for You?"

Because school-specific requirements vary, students should consult the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM).  Consult with Dr. D'Antonio for assistance in developing strategies for meeting the prerequisites at your list of schools.

Because school-specific requirements vary, students should consult the Course Prerequisite Summary pdf available from the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS).  This document lists all PT Schools that participate in PTCAS and indicate the pre-requisite course work required, which include several courses outside the hard sciences such as biology, chemistry and physics.  Consult with Dr. D'Antonio for assistance in developing strategies for meeting the prerequisites at your list of schools.

Many paths can lead to a graduate education in public health.  The Association of Schools of Public Health is an ideal place to start learning about options.  Consult with Dr. D'Antonio for assistance in developing strategies for meeting the prerequisites at your list of schools.

Because school-specific requirements vary, students should consult the Veterinary Medical School Admissions Requirements (VMSAR).  A copy is available in the HPP Library.  Consult with Dr. D'Antonio for assistance in developing strategies for meeting the prerequisites at your list of schools.