Premedical Requirements

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Bachelor's Degree

Applicants to the School of Medicine must have earned a bachelor's degree prior to matriculation. 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 didactic and laboratory courses based on mathematics of at least the level of college algebra and trigonometry, and equivalent to one academic year. Science prerequisites require in-person lectures and labs and cannot be fulfilled by an online course.

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)
(college-level algebra or above)


Applicants are strongly encouraged to diversify their undergraduate education. While not required for admission to the School of Medicine, a number of courses and subject areas are recommended to medical school-bound students.  Suggested courses and disciplines include:

  • Biochemistry (strongly encouraged)
  • Genetics (strongly encouraged)
  • Other upper-level biology
  • Natural sciences
  • Behavioral and social sciences
  • Humanities
  • Oral and written communications
  • Social determinants of health (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)

Health care experience:

Applicants also are expected to possess a general understanding of health care and medicine based upon employment, shadowing and/or volunteer experiences. Although we do not require specific hours, we do encourage you to invest the time you need to acquire knowledge of the roles of members of the health care team, as well as an understanding of the meaning of working with patients and serving them as a physician.

Last modified: Aug 11, 2015