Pre-Medicine is a pre-professional track that consists of courses in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics which are required for admission consideration by medical schools. Medical schools do not require specific majors such as biology or chemistry. At UC, the requirements may be added to any major. For some majors, this may add extra time to complete all academic requirements. Most medical schools require a baccalaureate degree.
Where It Will Take You
Medicine, as well as other graduate health professions, requires additional schooling beyond a bachelor's degree. Competition to enter these professional schools is keen, and because significant time and expense are involved, students are encouraged to plan for alternative careers as back up plans.
Pre-medicine is not a four-year major. Instead, it is a collection of courses required for MCAT preparation and for medical school admissions: one year each of general biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry and physics designed for science majors. Learn more about non-degree programs.
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