Premedical Studies

The Premedical Studies designation is designed for students of any major who are interested in health professions including, but are not limited to, medicine (allopathic and osteopathic), dentistry, physician assistant, pharmacy, optometry, chiropractic, physical therapy, podiatry and veterinary medicine. Admission to medically related professional programs may require additional courses outside of the chosen major. The majority of this additional study can be accomplished through the premedical studies designation, which provides undergraduate students with the appropriate educational background necessary to meet both the application requirements and academic background needed to sit for standardized entrance examinations of various professional programs in medicine and healthcare.

The Premedical Studies program must be declared in addition to another degree and is not a stand-alone program. Students may declare the designation after the start of their first semester by attending a "PreMed 101" session offered by the Prehealth Advising Office. PreMed 101 sessions are offered throughout the academic year.

Prehealth students should seek advice directly from the Prehealth Advising Office. In addition to helping students to select courses, the director of prehealth advising advises students on the extensive extracurricular activities and experiences expected to meet the admissions standards for the student's field of interest. These activities include participation in basic/applied research; clinical work; volunteer work; experiences that develop interpersonal skills, maturity and a genuine interest in medicine (i.e., direct clinical exposure and medically related philanthropic activities); leadership and teamwork experiences; and opportunities to develop oral and written communication skills. The Prehealth Advising Office, along with the Health Professions Advisory Committee, provides committee letters of evaluation for eligible applicants to certain professional school programs (including medicine and dentistry). The Prehealth Advising Office also provides in-depth workshops, individual advising, essay critiques, guidance on school selection, and mock interviews to help students strategically navigate the professional school application process.

For more information, please contact the director of prehealth advising at prehealthadvising@qu.edu.

Grade Requirements

Many professional schools require a minimum grade point average to apply for admission. Completion of the requirements of the premedical studies designation does not guarantee acceptance to graduate programs, as it is only one criterion among many that are used in determining admission. As such, the designation has the following minimum GPA requirements:

  • Overall Grade Point Average (GPA) 3.0
  • Science GPA 3.0

Even though a student may be in the Premedical Studies program, they must meet the GPA and course requirements upon graduation to have this designation appear on their transcripts with their degree. The Premedical Studies program designation will not appear on transcripts if the GPA and course requirements are not met at graduation.

Transfer Students

Students who transfer to Quinnipiac University and want to complete the Premedical Studies designation must complete all of the prerequisite courses, a minimum of 20 credits of which must be completed at Quinnipiac. Although Quinnipiac University may transfer the credits for courses taken elsewhere and not the grades, for receipt of the Premedical Studies designation, grades from required courses from other institutions will be used to ensure that the minimum GPA of at least 3.0 based upon all premedical studies courses has been met.

Advanced Placement Credits

Some health professions schools accept AP credits provided that applicants replace courses for which AP credit has been granted with a course in the same discipline at a higher level. Other schools, including many medical schools, do not accept AP credits as a replacement for prerequisite science courses. Students are encouraged to check with the specific AP policies and course requirements of any graduate health profession program to which they intend to apply.

Course Requirements

All courses listed in this section may count toward both the major (if applicable) and the premedical studies program.

Required Courses (All Courses Required for a Minimum of 39 Credits)

Students must complete all of the listed required courses, as they are the minimum prerequisites for application to most medical schools and form the basis of standardized admission tests (Medical College Admission Test, Dental Admission Test, Optometry Admission Test and Pharmacy College Admission Test).

Required Courses
Select one of the following:4
General Biology I
and General Biology I Lab
General Biology for Majors
and General Biology for Majors Laboratory
Select one of the following:4
General Biology II
and General Biology Lab II
Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics
and Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics Lab
CHE 110
110L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
4
CHE 111
111L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
4
CHE 210
210L
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
4
CHE 211
211L
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab
4
PHY 110
110L
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
4
PHY 111
111L
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
4
CHE 315
315L
Biochemistry I
and Biochemistry Lab I
4
MA 141Calculus of a Single Variable I3
Recommended Elective Courses
Psychology and Sociology
Genetics 1
Cell Biology 2
Anatomy and Physiology 3
1

i.e., BIO 282 / BIO 282L, or BIO 382, or BIO 471 / BIO 471L

2

i.e., BIO 346 / BIO 346L or BIO 568

3

i.e., BIO 211 and BIO 212

Students are encouraged to check the specific prerequisite course requirements of any health professions program to which they intend to apply. The selection of additional courses, especially those emphasizing critical reading and writing, should be at the discretion of the student in consultation with the student’s academic and prehealth advisers.

Many professional schools recommend additional elective coursework in preparing for admission. Coursework in the humanities and social sciences provide breadth, and science electives provide a more extensive background for subjects covered by the standardized admissions tests.

Premedical students should refer to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) online database Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR®) for full information regarding the required and recommended coursework for medical school. Additionally, MSAR content information can be found on the AAMC website.