Biology pre-Medical information

Biology, Pre-Medical Information

(Allopathic, Osteopathic, and Podiatric medicine)


Students may choose any academic major that they desire, since medical schools do not favor any particular one. Most students prepare for medical schools by majoring in Biological or Chemistry, but medical schools look for a well-rounded background in humanities, social sciences, and service. Pre-medicine should be listed as an attribute, which is your designated area of interest related to your future career. All students interested in a career in medicine should consult with the Pre-professional Advisors located in the Hill University Center, Room 318 (205-934-6135) for information regarding admission requirements for specific medical schools. Due to the intense competition for admission, students will need to complete a baccalaureate degree before entrance.

Course Requirements

Regardless of major, students who want to attend medical school must (as a minimum) complete the following courses, ideally during their freshman and sophomore years:

Biology - 8 semester hours

BY 123 Introductory Biology I

BY 124 Introductory Biology II


Chemistry - 16 semester hours

CH 115 General Chemistry I and CH 116 General Chemistry Laboratory

CH 117 General Chemistry II and CH 118 General Chemistry II Laboratory

CH 235 Organic Chemistry I and CH 236 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory

CH 237 Organic Chemistry II and CH 238 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory


Physics - 8 semester hours

PH 201 College Physics I and PH 201L College Physics Lab I

PH 202 College Physics II and PH 202L College Physics Lab II



*MA 125 Calculus

*Calculus is required by some medical schools and the Biology Major


BY 210 Genetics, BY 409 Mammalian Physiology, and CH 260 Fundamentals of Biochemistry will help on the MCAT, but the development of a strong vocabulary (in and out of the sciences) and communication skills are as important as any particular class. The best way to do this is to READ, READ, READ!!! Additional electives such as Anatomy, Microbiology, Cell & Molecular Biology, Histology, Immunology, and a variety of advanced chemistry and biology courses will count toward the Biology major, and will help during the first year of medical school.

Students must take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) at least a year in advance of the date they wish to enter medical school. If you hope to go directly to medical school after a 4 year undergraduate degree, you should take it during the spring semester (April) of your junior year. The MCAT is also given in August, but waiting for this test will delay your application process. Application is done through a centralized service. Be aware of application dates and APPLY ON TIME. Do not take the MCAT until you have taken the prerequisite courses, and had practice with the exam, even if this means delaying application for a year. Candidates for admission to a medical school must score well on the MCAT and have a grade point average of ~ 3.5 or better (on a 4 point scale) to merit serious consideration. Grades in science courses, especially, are expected to be very good. UAB students who meet these standards have been very successful.

Volunteer service and extracurricular activities are also important in demonstrating your leadership skills and “fit” for the profession and in deciding if that is really what you want to do.  For additional information see or or

For additional Information, please contact departmental academic advisors:

Ovuke` Emonina
Seniors, Post-Baccalaureates, and 5th Year students
Room: CH 102

Britney Giles
Freshmen, Sophomors, and Juniors, with last names beginning A-K
Room: 100

Tyna Adams
Freshmen, Sophomors, and Juniors, with last names beginning L-Z
Room: CH101