Pre Med Majors and Courses

Last Updated: 03/17/15

What is the best pre med major? What pre med classes should you take to fulfill the pre reqs for med school? Should I take my pre med classes online? You’ll find the answers to these questions and more below!

Pre Med Majors in College

There are only a few classes required for medical school, so it is not completely necessary to have a pre med major, or even to major in science!Instead, you should follow your passions and interests. Medical schools are increasingly looking to diversify their classes by accepting students from a wide variety of college majors and besides, this might be your last opportunity to study something besides science for a long time! The best pre med major is the one that you’re interested in most. If that’s biology, great! If that’s economics, great! Don’t think you have to major in science to go to med school, it just isn’t true! Regardless of what you choose, just be sure to get excellent grades.

Pre Med Classes to Take to Fulfill the Pre Reqs for Med School

Regardless of your major, there are several classes to take to fulfill the prerequisites for med school. All medical schools will be looking to see that you completed the following courses:

  • General Chemistry + Lab (1 year)
  • Organic Chemistry + Lab (1 year)
  • Biology + Lab (1 year)
  • Physics + Lab (1 year)
  • English (1 year)
These courses will also be very helpful for your MCAT exam. After that, most medical schools don’t have any further course requirements! Some schools may require you to take Biochemistry (1 semester), Statistics, Calculus, or some Social Sciences. If you have some free time in your schedule, explore! Medical schools will love to see a well-rounded applicant with a wide variety of interests. Look here for a more complete list of medical school requirements.

Pre Med Classes Online

In general, it is a bad idea to take pre med classes online. While this is not always true, it is no secret that many online courses are a waste of time and you don’t learn much from them. Medical schools will want to see you complete a rigorous schedule of coursework in the classroom so they know that you are capable. In fact, a few medical schools now require that you take all of your prerequisites for medical school in a physical classroom. It is perfectly fine to take a few electives online, but you should avoid taking your main prerequisites online at all costs.

Pre Med Classes at Community College

Community colleges can be an excellent place to take pre-med classes for many students. It may be convenient to take classes at a local college while you’re home for the summer. Community colleges are often less expensive than universities and they might offer courses that better fit your schedule. These are all great reasons to look into community college courses.

However, you should be aware of a few things before you sign up. Most importantly, you should check with your current school to make sure the credits will transfer without any problems. Your school might also require you to take a certain number of your core classes on campus and not at another college. Make sure to look into these issues as you don’t want to take a course only to receive no credit. Many students sign up for community college courses because they think the classes will be easier. This is not necessarily true and is never a legitimate reason to sign up for a community college course. Pre-med courses are difficult and you will have to work hard anywhere you take them.