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Example Pre-med Course Schedules

Below are sample schedules including the requirements for a BS degree in BCS as well as the basic pre-med requirements. These schedules are also applicable to pre-med students seeking a BA in BCS, with the removal of LIN 110 and CSC 161. The slightly greater flexibility of the BA may be desirable for students whose intended graduate programs have additional prerequisites.

These schedules are provided as examples only; all students contemplating a career in medicine should consult with a health professions advisor in Lattimore 203 to finalize course selections.

Non-BCS course descriptions can be found at https://cdcs.ur.rochester.edu/

Example 1

Students following this plan may wish to take a gap year between their undergraduate degree and medical school in order to adequately prepare for the MCAT exam after completion of PHY 114 and BIO 250. Taking a gap year is a common practice and does not detract from your chances of med school admission. Students who strongly wish to take the MCAT in spring of their junior year may benefit from taking summer courses to accelerate completion of the math, physics, or chemistry sequences.

 FallSpring
Freshman
  • BIO 110: Principles of Biology I
  • CHM 131: Chemical Concepts, Systems, & Practices I
  • BCS 111: Foundations of Cognitive Science
  • Cluster Course
  • BIO 111/P: Principles of Biology II (with lab)
  • CHM 132: Chemical Concepts, Systems, & Practices II
  • BCS 110: Neural Foundations of Behavior
  • WRT 105: Primary Writing
Sophomore
  • MTH 161: Calculus I
  • CHM 203/207: Organic Chemistry I (with lab)
  • BCS 151: Perception & Action
  • LIN 110: Intro to Linguistic Analysis
  • MTH 162: Calculus II
  • CHM 204/208: Organic Chemistry II (with lab)
  • BCS 153: Cognition
  • Cluster Course
Junior
  • PHY 113: General Physics I
  • BCS 152: Language & Psycholinguistics
  • BCS Elective
  • Cluster Course
  • PHY 114: General Physics II
  • STT 212: Applied Statistics for Biological Sciences
  • BIO 250: Intro to Biochemistry
  • Cluster Course
Senior
  • BCS Elective
  • BCS Lab Course
  • CSC 161: Art of Programming
  • Cluster Course
  • BCS 310: Senior Seminar
  • BCS Elective
  • BCS Elective
  • Cluster Course

Example 2

Students with AP credits for math and/or chemistry have more flexibility and the option to complete their pre-med requirements sooner. However, AP credits are not universally accepted by all medical schools, so students with AP credits should consult with a health professions advisor about course selection and substitutions.

 FallSpring
Freshman
  • BIO 110: Principles of Biology I
  • CHM 171/173: Freshman Organic Chemistry I (with lab)
  • MTH 162: Calculus II
  • Cluster Course
  • BIO 111/P: Principles of Biology II (with lab)
  • CHM 172/210: Freshman Organic Chemistry II (with lab)
  • BCS 111: Foundations of Cognitive Science
  • WRT 105: Primary Writing
Sophomore
  • BCS 110: Neural Foundations of Behavior
  • BCS 152: Language & Psycholinguistics
  • BIO 198/P: Principles of Genetics (with lab)
  • Cluster Course
  • BCS 153: Cognition
  • BIO 250: Intro to Biochemistry
  • PHY 113: General Physics I
  • Cluster Course
Junior
  • PHY 114: General Physics II
  • BCS 151: Perception & Action
  • STT 212: Applied Statistics for Biological Sciences
  • Cluster Course
  • BCS Elective
  • BCS Elective
  • CSC 161: Art of Programming
  • Cluster Course
Senior
  • BCS Elective
  • BCS Lab Course
  • LIN 110: Intro to Linguistics Analysis
  • Cluster Course
  • BCS 310: Senior Seminar
  • BCS Elective
  • Free Elective
  • Free Elective