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Premedical Requirements

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Bachelor's Degree

Prior to matriculation, applicants to the School of Medicine must have earned a bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university accredited by a CHEA-approved accreditation body. While the bachelor's degree may be earned in any discipline, the applicant is expected to take coursework that demonstrates the requisite intellectual discipline and analytical and problem-solving skills necessary to succeed in medical school.  Specific courses required for admission to KU School of Medicine are listed below.  Courses taken to meet the biology and chemistry prerequisites must be courses required of science majors and equivalent to one academic year.  Modern physics courses must be based on mathematics of at least the level of college algebra and trigonometry, and equivalent to one academic year. Science prerequisites require in-person laboratories held on a campus; labs cannot be fulfilled by online courses.

Minimal course requirements include:

Biological sciences at the level of a biology major 2
Inorganic (general) chemistry (with lab) 2
General organic chemistry (with lab) OR general organic chemistry (terminal course with lab) and general biochemistry lecture 2
Physics (with lab) 2
English composition or writing-intensive courses
(sufficient credit for liberal arts degree)


Applicants are strongly encouraged to diversify their undergraduate education. While not required for admission to the School of Medicine, several courses and subject areas have been found helpful in preparing for the medical school curriculum. Suggested courses and disciplines include:

  • Immunology (strongly encouraged)
  • Biochemistry 
  • Genetics
  • Physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Natural sciences
  • Behavioral and social sciences
  • Humanities
  • Oral and written communications
  • Social determinants of health (strongly encouraged; examples include cultural or social anthropology, public or population health, epidemiology, environmental health, health economics, health policy, history of medicine or public health, ethics related to health care)

Healthcare experience:

Applicants also are expected to possess a general understanding of healthcare and medicine based upon shadowing, volunteer, and/or employment experiences. Although a specific number of hours is not required, applicants are encouraged to invest the time needed to acquire knowledge of the roles of members of the healthcare team, as well as an understanding of the meaning of working with patients and serving them as a physician.

Last modified: Aug 13, 2019