Medicine (MD / DO)

Physicians treat and prevent human illness, disease and injury. They examine patients, obtain medical histories, and order, perform, interpret diagnostic tests, and they counsel patients on diet, hygiene, and preventive healthcare.
There are two types of physicians:
1.      MD (Doctor of Medicine)
2.      DO (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) 
The practice of medicine includes prevention and health education, and the use of accepted methods of medical treatment, including pharmaceutical agents and surgical procedures. There are many specialty areas for physicians to pursue with some of the highest demand for physicians going into family practice, internal medicine, and geriatrics.

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These courses are provided as GENERAL pre-requisites and may not represent a complete list of requirements.  It is the student's responsibility to check with each professional school in order to determine specific pre-requisites courses and equivalencies for each institution.
Requirement Recommended CSU Course(s)

General Biology (2 semesters w/labs)

LIFE102 or BZ110;  one additional lab-based biology course

General Chemistry (2 semesters w/labs)

CHEM111/112 & CHEM113/114

Organic Chemistry (2 semesters w/labs)

CHEM 341 & 343/344 OR CHEM 345 & 346

General Physics (2 semesters w/labs)

PH 121 & PH122 OR PH141 & PH142

English  (2-3 semesters)

CO150, CO 300/301, JTC 300: Composition (check requirements at specific schools); Literature Courses taken through English Department

Mathematics (Trig, Calculus and/or Statistics

MATH 125, MATH 155, or MATH 160; STAT 301, STAT 307 or EHRS 307

Highly recommended courses:

BC 351, BMS 300 or BMS 360, BMS 301, MIP 300/302

Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT):


American Medical Association:
Association of American Medical Colleges:
American Osteopathic Association: 
American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine: