Recommended Courses for Prehealth Students

Students enrolled at NYU Shanghai interested in pursuing further education in US medical schools are recommended to take the same sequence of courses in preparation for the MCAT. These courses are required or recommended by the professional schools, not by NYU Shanghai. The information provided here summarizes the similar requirements for the four-year doctoral programs in most of the medical (MD/DO) and podiatric (DPM) programs. Other health professions may have variable requirements (e.g., some programs do not require organic chemistry; some require multiple psychology or statistics courses) and the requirements are subject to change, so students are encouraged to research individual program's admissions requirements.

Recommended Courses for Application to Medical School

Course Number

Course Title

Suggested Enrollment

PHYS-SHU 91/

PHYS-SHU 11

Foundations of Physics I Honors/

General Physics I

Fall, YEAR 1

CHEM-SHU 125

Foundations of Chemistry I

Fall, YEAR 1

PHYS-SHU 71

FoS Physics I Laboratory

Fall, YEAR 1

PHYS-SHU 93/

PHYS-SHU 12

Foundations of Physics II Honors/

General Physics II

Spring, YEAR 1

PHYS-SHU 94 Physics II Lab Spring, YEAR 1

CHEM-SHU 126

Foundations of Chemistry II

Spring, YEAR 1

CHEM-SHU 127  

FoS Chemistry Laboratory

Spring, YEAR 1

BIOL-SHU 21

Foundations of Biology I

Spring, YEAR 1

BIOL-SHU 22

Foundations of Biology II

Fall, YEAR 2

BIOL-SHU 123

FoS Biology Laboratory

Fall, YEAR 2

MATH-SHU 110

Calculus

Fall, YEAR 1

/

One Statistics Course (e.g., Probability and Statistics, Biostatistics)

 

CHEM-SHU 225

Organic Chemistry I

Fall, YEAR 2

CHEM-SHU 226

Organic Chemistry II

Spring, YEAR 2

CHEM-SHU 881

Biochemistry I

/

/

Two Writing Courses

Combination of one or two Humanities or Global China Studies courses focused on writing

PSYC-SHU 101

Introduction to Psychology

Students can take it anytime.

/

Introductory Sociology Course (e.g., Introduction to Sociology, Sociology of Medicine, Health & Society in a Global Context)

/

 

Course Offered at Study Away Sites:

 

Course Number at NYUSH

 

Course Title

Course Offerings at Study Away Sites

MATH-SHU 235

Probability and Statistics

NYU Abu Dhabi:

Probability and Statistics - MATH-AD 150Q - 4 points

CHEM-SHU 225

Organic Chemistry I

NYU Abu Dhabi:

Organic Chemistry 1 - CHEM-AD 101 - 4 points

NYU New York:
Organic Chemistry I - CHEM-UA 225 - 5 points (Lecture, Lab, & Recitation)

NYU London:
Organic Chemistry I - CHEM-UA 9225 - 5 points (Lecture, Lab, & Recitation)

CHEM-SHU 226

Organic Chemistry II

 

 

 

 

 

NYU Abu Dhabi:

Organic Chemistry 2 - CHEM-AD 102 - 4 points

NYu New York:

Organic Chemistry II - CHEM-UA 226 - 5 points (Lecture, Lab, & Recitation)

NYU London:

Organic Chemistry II - CHEM-UA 9226 - 5 points (Lecture, Laboratory, & Recitation)

NYU Sydney:

Organic Chemistry II - CHEM-UA 9226 - 5 points (Lecture, Laboratory, & Recitation)

NYU Tel Aviv:

Organic Chemistry II - CHEM-UA 9226 - 5 points (Lecture, Laboratory, & Recitation)

CHEM-281

Biochemistry I

NYU Abu Dhabi:

Biochemistry: Macromolecular Structure and Function - CHEM-AD 301 - 4 points

NYU New York:

Biochemistry I - CHEM-UA 881 - 4 points (Lecture & Recitation)

N/A

Two Writing Courses

NYU London:

Gothic Literature - ENGL-UA 9056 - 4 points

Modern Drama and Performance in London (Lecture & Theatre Visits) - DRLIT-UA 9133 or ENGL-UA 9133 - 4 points

Writing London - ENGL-UA 9182 - 4 points

The English Novel in the Nineteenth Century - ENGL-UA 9530 - 4 points

Major British Writers - ENGL-UA 9060 - 4 points

Postcolonial Indian Literature - ENGL-UA 9975 - 4 points

NYU Sydney:

World Literature in English II: Australia and New Zealand - ENGL-UA 9164 - 4 points

Readings in Contemporary Literary Theory: Eco-Criticism - ENVST-UA 9510 or ENGL-UA 9735 - 4 points

NYU Abu Dhabi:

Analysis and Expression: The Human Condition - WRIT-AD 110 - 4 points

Cities: Writing the Urban Space - COREP-AD 10

World as Text - COREP-AD 25W

Literatures of Arab America - LITCW-AD 134 - 4 points

Cultures and Modernities - CORES-AD 22W

Myth, Magic, and Representations of Childhood - COREP-AD 19W

Major Texts in Critical Theory - LITCW-AD 101

/

Introductory Psychology

NYU Abu Dhabi:

Introduction to Psychology - PSYCH-AD 101 - 4 points

NYU London:

Introduction to Psychology - PSYCH-UA 9001 - 4 points

NYU Sydney:

Introduction to Psychology - PSYCH-UA 9001 - 4 points

NYU New York:

Introduction to Psychology - PSYCH-UA 1 - 4 points

/

Introductory Sociology

NYU Abu Dhabi:

Foundations of Modern Social Thought - SOCSC-AD 116 - 4 points

NYU New York:

Introduction to Sociology - SOC-UA 1 - 4 points

Notes

  • The above are the basic set requirements most medical schools in the United States request; however, admissions requirements vary from school to school. Specific medical schools may have additional requirements or modifications to those listed here.
  • Students can use literature and writing courses at NYU Shanghai to fulfill the writing course requirements. The writing courses can't be creative writing, but need to focus on writing or interpreting advanced texts. Students can also taking writing courses at NYU’s global academic centers. To avoid confusion from the medical school admissions committee, it is best that you take writing courses offered by the English departments (with "ENGL" in their course numbers).
  • All the courses mentioned above are offered at NYU's campus in New York City in all semesters. Courses offered at NYU’s global locations can be found here. Please note that they are subject to change from semester to semester.
  • The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) states that: “In general, most medical schools will expect applicants to have taken the Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®), and to have completed the following types of courses: one year of biology, one year of physics, one year of English, and two years of chemistry (through organic chemistry),” it is common that medical schools will include biochemistry, calculus, psychology, and sociology as their required or recommended courses.
  • Students should check the course requirements of individual schools that they are applying to by using the Applicant Toolkit on AAMC’s website and individual health program’s websites.
  • Many students take the MCAT in their junior year. Students who intend to matriculate into medical school directly following their undergraduate graduation should plan to take the MCAT the winter or spring term preceding a summer application.
  • Prior to their junior year, students are recommended to gain some practical experience by volunteering in a clinical setting and to demonstrate a commitment to service and humanistic endeavors. Building a portfolio of relevant experiences can be essential to students’ medical school applications.
  • The Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior section is a newly added section on the MCAT 2015. If students are unable to take a formal course in introductory psychology or introductory sociology (or medical sociology), AAMC is recommending students to use free online learning resources, such as Kahn Academy's MCAT tools and the MedEd Portal, to study the material on their own.
  • Financial assistance for medical schools can be very limited and even more difficult for non-US citizen or permanent resident students. More info can be found here.

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