Recommended Courses for Prehealth Students

Medical schools in the United States do not require that you major in a science to be admitted. They usually require students to complete a portfolio of required coursework during their undergraduate career in preparation for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). These courses often include, but are not limited to, physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, English writing, and social and behavioral sciences.

Prehealth Courses

The requirements for four-year doctoral programs in many healthcare professions, including medicine and dentistry, are similar, and are standardized across most professional schools.

However, some 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. Thus, students are encouraged to research individual program's admission requirements.

While the prerequisites below dictate the order courses should be taken, the exact timing will vary from student to student based on academic background, selected major, and participation in various programs at the university.

Recommended Courses for Application to Medical Schools

Course Number Course Title Pre-requisites or Co-requisites
MATH-SHU 131 Calculus Pre-req: Placement or MATH-SHU 9 Precalculus
PHYS-SHU 91/
PHYS-SHU 11
Foundations of Physics I Honors/General Physics I Pre-req or Co-req: MATH-SHU 201 Honors Calculus/MATH-SHU 131 Calculus
CHEM-SHU 125 Foundations of Chemistry I Pre-req or Co-req: MATH-SHU 151
    Calculus/MATH-SHU 201 Honors Calculus
PHYS-SHU 71 FoS Physics Laboratory Pre-req or Co-req: PHYS-SHU 91 Foundations of Physics I Honors/PHYS-SHU 11 General Physics I
PHYS-SHU 93/ PHYS-SHU 12 Foundations of Physics II Honors/General Physics II Pre-req: PHYS-SHU 91 Foundations of Physics I Honors/PHYS-SHU 11 General Physics I
PHYS-SHU 94 Physics II Lab Pre-req: PHYS-SHU 71 FoS Physics Laboratory
CHEM-SHU 126 Foundations of Chemistry II Pre-req: CHEM-SHU 125 Foundations of Chemistry I
CHEM-SHU 127 FoS Chemistry Laboratory Pre-req or Co-req: CHEM-SHU 125 Foundations of Chemistry I
CHEM-SHU 128 Chemistry II Lab Pre-req or Co-req: CHEM-SHU 125 Foundations of Chemistry II
BIOL-SHU 21 Foundations of Biology I Pre-req or Co-req: MATH-SHU 151 Calculus or MATH-SHU 201 Honors Calculus
BIOL-SHU 22 Foundations of Biology II Pre-req: BIOL-SHU 21 Foundations of Biology I
BIOL-SHU 123 FoS Biology Laboratory Pre-req: BIOL-SHU 21 Foundations of Biology I
/ One Statistics Course (e.g., Probability and Statistics, Biostatistics)  
CHEM-SHU 225 Organic Chemistry I Pre-req: CHEM-SHU 126 Foundations of Chemistry II
CHEM-SHU 226 Organic Chemistry II Pre-req: CHEM-SHU 225 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM-SHU 881 Biochemistry I Pre-req: CHEM-SHU 226 Organic Chemistry II
/ Two Writing Courses Combination of one or two Humanities or Global China Studies courses focused on writing
PSYC-SHU 101 Introduction to Psychology /
/ Introductory Sociology Course (e.g., Introduction to Sociology, Sociology of Medicine, Health & Society in a Global Context) /

 

Courses 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-UH 2011Q - 4 points
CHEM-SHU 225 Organic Chemistry I

NYU Abu Dhabi:
Organic Chemistry 1 - CHEM-UH 2010 - 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-UH 3010 - 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-SHU 881 Biochemistry I

NYU Abu Dhabi:
Biochemistry: Macromolecular Structure and Function - CHEM-UH 3020 - 4 points

NYU New York:
Biochemistry I - CHEM-UA 881 - 4 points (Lecture & Recitation)

/ 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

/ Introductory Psychology

NYU Abu Dhabi:
Introduction to Psychology - PSYCH-UH 1001 - 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 New York:
Introduction to Sociology - SOC-UA 1 - 4 points

 

 

Notes

  • Students can use literature and writing courses at NYU Shanghai to fulfill the writing course requirements. Creative writing course is not recommended because it does not focus on writing or interpreting advanced texts. Students can also take 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).
  • Students who plan to take the MCAT as part of their preparation to apply to medical schools are advised to plan to take at least two courses in behavioral/ social sciences, since a broad range of social science topics are tested on that exam. We strongly recommend Introduction to Psychology (PSYC-SHU 101/PSYCH-UA 1) as an individual-level social science course, and recommend that students choose a second course focused on population-level topics. Appropriate courses include Introduction to Sociology (SOC-UA 1), Sociology of Medicine (SOC-UA 414), and Health & Society in a Global Context (UGPH-GU 10) offered in New York. In addition to coursework, students may use the AAMC's MCAT preparation resources as well as free resources like Khan Academy's MCAT tools and the MedEd Portal, to study social science topics for the MCAT.
  • Applying as an International Student to US Medical Programs