Pre-Health Advising


Medicine Required Coursework

Below is common required coursework for applying to medical school and the appropriate UW Bothell courses that fulfill the requirement. Admissions requirements are different at all medical schools and are subject to change without notice, so it is very important for all medical school applicants to carefully research the requirements for admission at all prospective medical schools early enough to address any deficiencies in preparation for admission to the schools of your choice.

  • 1 year General Chemistry with labs (two semesters or three quarters)
  • 1 year Organic Chemistry with labs (two semesters or three quarters)
  • 1 year General Biology with labs (two semesters or three quarters)
  • 1 year General Physics with labs (two semesters or three quarters)
  • 2 quarters Biochemistry with labs
  • 1 year English (two semesters or three quarters)
  • 1 semester/quarter of Statistics
  • 3 semesters/quarters Social Science courses
  • 1 semester/quarter Calculus Recommended


Pre-Med Course Planning Worksheet

UW Bothell Pre-Health sciences flowchart

General Chemistry, with labs

  • BCHEM 143 (4), 144 (2) General Chemistry
  • BCHEM 153 (4), 154 (2) General Chemistry
  • BCHEM 163 (4), 164 (2) General Chemistry

Organic Chemistry, with labs

  • BCHEM 237 Organic Chemistry (4) Note: no lab in first quarter
  • BCHEM 238 Organic Chemistry (4), 241
  • BCHEM 239 Organic Chemistry (3), 242

General Biology, with labs

  • BBIO 180 Introductory Biology (5)
  • BBIO 200 Introductory Biology (5)
  • BBIO 220 Introductory Biology (5)

Physics, with labs (15) Choose one of the following two sequences:

Physics (non-calculus based), with labs

  • BPHYS 114 (4), 117 (1) General Physics
  • BPHYS 115 (4), 118 (1) General Physics
  • BPHYS 116 (4), 119 (1) General Physics

Physics (calculus-based) (includes lab)

  • BPHYS 121 Mechanics (5)
  • BPHYS 122 Electromagnetism & Oscillatory Motion (5)
  • BPHYS 123 Waves (5)


  • BBIO 364 Biochemistry I (5)
  • BBIO 365 Biochemistry II (5)


  • STMATH 124 Calculus I (5)
  • STMATH 125 Calculus II (5)

Statistics:  Choose one of the following based on what your major requires

  • B BUS 215 Introduction to Business Statistics (5)
  • B HLTH 215  Health Statistics (5)
  • BIS 215 Understanding Statistics (5)
  • STMATH 341 Introduction to Statistical Inference (5)

English Composition and Literature

Most medical schools require one year of English, but their specific English course requirements vary and you will need to make note of the specifics for the schools you choose once you decide where you will be applying. Other schools have a specific Humanities course requirement, and you can use these English courses to meet any Humanities requirements as well. To meet the English requirement, choose three courses that cover topics in English language literature or writing. Note that writing courses that teach writing in the course of teaching another subject matter (called “writing across the curriculum”) are not accepted as English courses by all medical schools, so it is a good idea to stick to courses that teach English composition or English language/literature to meet this requirement. At UW Bothell, these courses are found in Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) and in the First Year & Pre-Major Program (B WRIT). At most other schools these courses will be found in the English Department. Representative UW Bothell courses are listed below:

First Year & Pre-Major Program

  • BWRIT 134 Interdisciplinary Writing (5) C
  • BWRIT 135 Research Writing (5) C

Social Sciences

In addition to a humanities requirement, many medical schools have a social sciences course requirement. For example, the UW Medical School requires a minimum of six quarters of Humanities or Social Sciences courses. To fulfill requirements for the UW as well as the other medical schools you will apply to, you should take three quarters of English and three quarters of Social Sciences. In addition, it will be important to take some behavioral sciences courses in order to best prepare for the MCAT:  Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior section.   Most courses that meet your Individuals and Societies (I&S) graduation requirement are courses in the social sciences, though if you have any questions about this you should ask your advisor.

Behavioral Sciences Courses

  • BIS 170 Introduction to Psychology
  • BIS 181 Introduction to Sociology
  • BIS 220 Developmental Psychology
  • BIS 270 Abnormal Psychology

Some Potential Electives

  • BIS 380 Bioethics (5)
  • BBIO 351 Principles of Anatomy and Physiology I (5)
  • BBIO 352 Principles of Anatomy and Physiology II (5)
  • BBIO 360 Introduction to Genetics (5)