The courses listed below are those most commonly required for admission. See the list of Puget Sound curriculum guides (which includes tracks for pre-med, pre-dentistry, and pre-vet).

Anesthesiologist Assistant

  • 1 year of biology
  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • 1 year of general chemistry
  • 1 semester organic chemistry
  • A second semester of organic chemistry or biochemistry with laboratory
  • 1 year of physics
  • 1 year of calculus

Chiropractic Medicine

  • 1 year of biology
  • 1 year of general chemistry
  • 1 year of organic chemistry
  • 1 year of physics
  • Biochemistry
  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Statistics
  • Psychology
  • Biomechanics and/or exercise physiology

Dentistry

  • 1 year of biology
  • 2 years of chemistry (through organic chemistry)
  • Biochemistry
  • 1 year of physics
  • Mathematics (calculus suggested)
  • English writing
  • Recommended: additional biology (genetics and microbiology, for instance), an additional English writing course, and foreign language. Some schools are requiring Anatomy and Physiology. Check the specific programs you are interested in.

Genetic Counselor

  • 1 year of biology
  • 1 year of general chemistry
  • Genetics
  • Biochemistry
  • Introductory psychology
  • Developmental psychology
  • Statistics
  • Human anatomy & physiology
  • Some programs may also require or recommend organic chemistry, and/or courses from Sociology & Anthropology.

See the full list of accredited genetic counseling programs for more information about pre-requisites by program. 

Medicine

  • 1 year of biology
  • 2 years of chemistry (through organic chemistry)
  • 1 year of physics
  • Mathematics (statistics required; calculus suggested)
  • 2 English writing courses
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Recommended: additional biology (genetics, for instance), biochemistry, foreign language.​​​​​

See the AAMC's Medical School Admissions Requirements for MD programs and AACOM's Osteopathic Medical College Information Book for DO programs.

Nutrition/Dietetics

  • Nutrition
  • 1 year of general chemistry
  • 1 year of biology
  • 1 semester organic chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • 1 semester psychology
  • Microbiology
  • Statistics
  • Exercise physiology

See the ASN graduate program directory for a complete list of accredited programs

Nursing

Requirements vary by type of nursing program. R.N., Accelerated BSN (for those students with a previous bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field), NP-Nurse Practitioner (nurses who have received masters-level training beyond the R.N.), Masters (for those students with a previous bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field). Visit www.aacn.nche.edu, the national voice for America's baccalaureate and higher-degree nursing education programs to learn about specific program requirements. The most common pre-requisites include:

  • 1 year of biology
  • 1 year of general chemistry (some require organic chemistry)
  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Statistics
  • Microbiology
  • Lifespan psychology
  • Sociology
  • Nutrition

Occupational Therapy

  • Statistics
  • 1 year of psychology
  • 1 additional 200+ level course in psychology, sociology or anthropology
  • Human anatomy and physiology

See the ACOTE school directory for a full list of accredited occupational programs and pre-requisites.

Optometry

  • 1 year of general biology
  • Microbiology
  • Human or animal anatomy and physiology (recommended at some schools)
  • 2 years chemistry (through organic chemistry)
  • Biochemistry
  • 1 year of physics (recommended)
  • Mathematics (calculus and statistics)
  • 2 English writing courses (most schools)
  • Psychology
  • Recommended: biochemistry, social sciences, computer science, business management.

See a full list of prerequisites in the ASCO's chart of optometry program requirements for schools in the U.S.

Pathologist Assistant

  • 1 year of general biology
  • Microbiology
  • Human anatomy & physiology
  • 1 year of general chemistry
  • 1 semester of organic chemistry
  • 1 semester of mathematics (college algebra or higher, statistics may be recommended)
  • English composition
  • Some programs may also require: Medical terminology, histology, biochemistry and/or physics

See the full list of accredited pathologist assistant programs for more information about pre-requisites by program. 

Pharmacy

Generally, students follow this program for 2+ years before transferring to a college of pharmacy, where four more years are spent in the professional program leading to a PharmD degree. Students need to check individual schools' requirements.

  • 1 year of biology
  • Microbiology
  • 2 years of chemistry (through organic chemistry)
  • 1 year of physics
  • Math including calculus (statistics is recommended)
  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Biochemistry (Bio 361 will work for most programs, but UW requires Chem 460 & 461)

See the AACP's full list of prerequisites for individual pharmacy schools.

Physical Therapy

  • 1 year of chemistry
  • 1 year of physics
  • Human anatomy & physiology
  • Statistics
  • 1 course psychology or sociology

See the APTA full list of prerequisites for individual physical therapy programs.

Physician Assistant

Look into PA programs you want to apply to as early as your freshman year in college.

You’ll typically need to complete at least two years of college coursework in basic and behavioral sciences before applying to a PA program, which is very similar to premedical studies.

The majority of PA programs have the following prerequisites:

  • 1 year of biology
  • 1 year of general chemistry
  • 1 year of organic chemistry
  • Statistics
  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • 1 year of physics
  • Microbiology
  • Psychology

Most PA programs also require 1,000+ hours of prior health care experience with hands-on patient care.

Podiatry

  • 1 year of biology
  • 2 years of chemistry (through organic chemistry)
  • 1 year of physics
  • Mathematics (calculus suggested)
  • English writing course
  • Recommended: additional biology (genetics, for instance), biochemistry, foreign language.

See the AACPM's full list of prerequisites for individual podiatric programs.

Public Health

  • Master of Public Health programs commonly do not have specific pre-requisite coursework as application requirements. Prospective MPH students can have a variety of undergraduate academic degrees, and may benefit from undergraduate courses in human biology, statistics, and sociology. Students should check with any MPH program to which they are interested in applying. 

See the ASPPH website for a full list of accredited MPH programs.

Veterinary Medicine

  • 3 courses of biology, including genetics
  • 1 year of general chemistry
  • 1 year of organic chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • 1 year of physics
  • Microbiology
  • Mathematics (calculus suggested) plus statistics at some schools
  • English writing course
  • Animal nutrition

See the VMCAS' full list of prerequisites for veterinary schools.