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Planning for Medical School: Curricular Recommendations

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Basic course requirements for medical schools and for the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) preparation are:

  • 2 years chemistry with lab (including exposure to general chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, and biochemistry)

  • 1 year biology with lab

  • 1 year physics with lab

Some medical schools may require math and English, and some of the sciences require math as a pre-requisite.

Stanford courses provide multiple ways to complete these requirements. Please see a UAD for Pre-Professional Advising located in Sweet Hall for guidance on how to navigate the curriculum to best meet your interests and goals.

You can check information for a particular medical school in the Medical School Admissions Requirements (MSAR).

* Starting in 2015, there were changes to the MCAT.  Please speak with a pre-medical advisor to learn more about how to best prepare.

Learn more with the Academic Planning Guide