Specific course requirements can vary among medical colleges but, in general, the following list of pre-medical courses should be taken. Responsibility for meeting requirements for each school rests solely with the applicant. Students should choose a major of interest and follow the requirements for that major while completing the necessary pre-medical courses. Majors may include natural sciences, social sciences, the arts, or humanities.
The MCAT exam is required for medical school applications.
No grade below C will be accepted.
Students New to UNO, Freshman, Sophomores
UNO has established an advising program to assist UNO students who may be interested in pursuing a career in medicine. For more information, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/premed.
Junior, Seniors, Recent Graduates
Most medical schools prefer letters of recommendations written by the undergraduate university’s Pre-medical Committee. Juniors and seniors who have met certain minimum requirements will benefit by receiving individual mentoring from Committee faculty members. Additionally, these students will be eligible to receive a Committee-authored letters of recommendation for their medical school application. See http://www.unomaha.edu/premed for more information.
Typically Required Classes
BIOL 1450 Biology I 5 credits
BIOL 1750 Biology II 5 credits
BIOL 2140 Genetics 4 credits
CHEM 1180* & 1184 General Chemistry I & Lab 4 credits
CHEM 1190 & 1194 General Chemistry II & Lab 4 credits
CHEM 2250 Organic Chemistry I 3 credits
CHEM 2260 & 2274 Organic Chemistry II & Lab 5 credits
CHEM 4650 & 4654 Biochemistry I & Lab 4 credits
CHEM 4660 & 4664 Biochemistry II & Lab 4 credits
CHEM 4610 Biochemistry of Metabolism 4 credits
*Requires Math 1310 or placement exam, plus CHEM 1140 & 1144 or placement exam as pre-requisites.
PHYS 1110 & 1154 General Physics I & Lab 5 credits
PHYS 1120 & 1164 General Physics II & Lab 5 credits
PHYS 2110 & 1154 General Physics I – Calculus Level & Lab 5 credits
PHYS 2120 & 1164 General Physics II – Calculus Level & Lab 5 credits
MATH 1950* Calculus I 5 credits
MATH 1940** Calculus for Biomedicine 5 credits
UNMC will accept an introductory or advanced statistics course in place of Calculus.
*Math 1950 requires pre-requisites of Math 1320 & 1330 (or Math 1340) or sufficient placement via the Calculus Compass Exam.
**Math 1940 requires a pre-requisite of Math 1320 or sufficient placement via the Calculus Compass Exam.
ENGL 1150 or 1154 English Composition I 3 credits
ENGL 1160 or 1164 English Composition II 3 credits
(Retroactive Credit from placement exams is not sufficient to fulfill requirements. However, advanced writing composition courses, including department-specific courses, can be substituted for English Composition I & II.)
Strongly Recommended Classes
PSYC 1010* Introduction to Psychology 3 credits
SOC 1010* Introduction to Sociology 3 credits
BIOL 3020* Molecular Biology of the Cell 3 credits
*Information from these classes will be tested on the MCAT starting in 2015
NEUR 1500 Introduction to Neuroscience 3 credits
BIOL 3240 Introduction to Immunology 3 credits