FAQ: Premedical Course Requirements

Q: What are the College of Human Medicine premedical course requirements?

A: Premedical requirements are minimums that must be fulfilled prior to matriculation at the College of Human Medicine (CHM). Premedical requirements include:

  1. Completion of a baccalaureate degree at an accredited United States or Canadian undergraduate institution.

  1. Completion of one year of coursework (typically two semesters) in each of the following areas, with no final grade below a 2.0:

    1. Social Science/Humanities courses that focus on psychological and social theory, individual and/or group behaviors, or comparative cultures. Recommended courses include anthropology, cultural studies, economics, ethics, psychology, sociology, women's studies, and philosophy.

    2. General Biology sequence, including at least one laboratory;

    3. General/Inorganic Chemistry sequence, including at least one laboratory;

    4. Organic Chemistry sequence, including at least one laboratory.

  2. One year of English, writing, or composition.  May include "Writing in the Major" or writing-intensive classes. At least 50% of the course grade must be based on written assignments, not exams.

  3. Mathematics through college algebra or statistics and probability. The mathematics requirement may be waived with Advanced Placement (AP) credit for Statistics and Probability, Calculus 1, or freshman mathematics placement above college algebra.

  1. Completion of two upper-level biological science courses.  Such courses are typically within the following areas: anatomy, biochemistry, cell biology, embryology, genetics, microbiology, molecular biology, immunology, neuroscience, or physiology  (Courses in bold text are highly recommended).  Biochemistry is acceptable as an upper level biology course, but it cannot be substituted for the second sequence of organic chemistry.

AP/CLEP Credit

We accept AP and CLEP credit to meet premedical course requirements, if documented on an official transcript. Please note that lab credit will still be required. Applicants may meet lab credit with the lab sections of advanced science courses or practical experience, such as documented relevant experience in a research lab.

Canadian Coursework

  • We will accept courses from accredited Canadian universities that belong to the Association of University and Colleges of Canada.

  • We accept Grade 13 English combined with writing-intensive courses toward fulfillment of our English/Writing/Composition requirement, with proper documentation.   

  • A one-year Canadian course will fulfill our one-year course series requirement.  However, a lab component must be included with at least one of each of the applicant’s biology, general chemistry, and organic chemistry courses.

If you have any questions or concerns or need additional information about premedical course requirements, please email the Office of Admissions.

Q: Are the premedical course requirements all I need to take?

A: No. The premedical course requirements are minimums. CHM strongly encourages applicants to take additional, upper-level courses in anatomy, biochemistry, cell biology, embryology, genetics, microbiology, molecular biology, neuroscience, and physiology.

Q: Do you require or prefer that I take my premedical course requirements and undergraduate courses at specific colleges or universities?

A: Undergraduate coursework must be completed at an accredited US or Canadian four-year college or university. Community college courses are acceptable if the course(s) is accepted by an accredited four-year US or Canadian undergraduate institution as transfer credit. There is no requirement as to how recently your undergraduate courses or premedical requirements were completed; however, more recent coursework or advanced study in the basic sciences is preferred. There is no preference of where you complete your premedical courses, as long as they're completed at an accredited US or Canadian undergraduate institution.

Q: Does CHM accept premedical course requirements taken at community colleges?

A: We will accept courses from community colleges if the course(s) is accepted at an accredited four-year US or Canadian undergraduate institution as transfer credit. To verify if a specific course is accepted at MSU, visit the MSU Transfer Admission website and view the Transfer MSU Credit Equivalency System.

Q: Does CHM accept premedical course requirements taken at Canadian colleges or universities?

A: We will accept courses from accredited Canadian universities that belong to the Association of University and Colleges of Canada.

We accept Grade 13 English combined with writing-intensive courses toward the fulfillment of our English/Writing/Composition requirement, with proper documentation.   

A one-year Canadian course will fulfill our one-year course series requirement.  However, a lab component must be included with at least one of each of the applicant’s biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics courses.

If you have any questions or concerns or you need additional information, please email the Office of Admissions.

Q: Does CHM accept premedical course requirements taken at international colleges or universities?

A: Only in very rare circumstances. Note that all applicants must complete an undergraduate degree at an accredited US or Canadian four-year college or university prior to matriculation. If you completed any required premedical courses outside of the US, those courses must be accepted as transfer credits by the US or Canadian accredited educational institution where the baccalaureate degree was earned. Any required course that does not transfer to the "home" school must be verified for equivalence to US or Canadian coursework by one of the following organizations: 

If the organization’s findings are not accepted by a four-year accredited US or Canadian undergraduate college or university for the completion of a baccalaureate degree, applicants must submit the credentialing organization's findings to each respective department at MSU for an equivalency determination of our premedical requirements at the time of application. A baccalaureate degree completed at any undergraduate institution other than a four-year accredited US or Canadian college or university will not be accepted as the fulfillment of our undergraduate degree requirement.

Q: If I have elective credits to take, in what areas should they be?

A: CHM welcomes applicants with broad liberal arts backgrounds who have taken courses to expand their understanding of diverse individuals and groups. Courses that heighten your reasoning ability, problem solving skills, and professional development are also good choices. Advanced science courses in anatomy, cellular and molecular biology, microbiology, biochemistry, physiology, genetics, statistics and probability, and embryology may aid the applicant on the MCAT and in basic medical science courses.

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