Premedical Studies Requirements
The Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR) will have a significant impact on your academic schedule beginning your first year. The premedical course requirements dictated by the medical schools are:
- CHE 111/152 (1 year general chemistry with lab)
- CHE 230/235 (1 year organic chemistry with lab)
- BIO 104/105 (1 year biology with lab)
- PHY 115/116 or 120/121 (1 year physics [either calculus or non-calculus] with lab)
In our experience, one year of biology leaves an applicant under prepared for medical school work and the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Note that the MCAT wil change in 2015 essentially requiring the courses noted below. Competitive applicants for medical school will have taken additional courses, especially:
- BIO 210/215 (cell biology and lab)
- BIO 220 (genetics)
- BIO 260 (principles of physiology)
- CHE 341 (biochemistry)
- PSY 111 (introduction to psychology)
Medical schools usually require 3 to 6 credits of mathematics (usually Calculus and Statistics), as well as other humanities and social science courses, which can easily be met by fulfilling Goucher's liberal arts distribution requirements.
The Premedical Committee
The Premedical Program is directed by the Premedical Committee, who will provide all of the information and advice you need regarding your academic program and application to professional schools. It is important for the committee to know students well, so please feel free to seek their advice at any time.
Preveterinary Studies Requirements
Goucher students who apply to veterinary school have had unusual success in being accepted at both state and private institutions. Veterinary school is more competitive than medical school, as there are few veterinary schools and many applicants.
The key to admission to veterinary school is not only to maintain a very strong academic record, but also to obtain a good deal of experience working with animals in a veterinary practice. This last point cannot be overstated as veterinary schools look for applicants who have a demonstrated interest in veterinary medicine and as much practical experience as possible.
The course requirements for veterinary school are the same as those for medical school, with some additional coursework. Depending on where you apply, you may need to take additional coursework in microbiology, biochemistry, nutrition, or animal science.