Prepare to enter one of the many subfields of medicine (e.g. family practice, internal medicine, surgery, obstetrics) by meeting with the pre-med advisor each year and taking courses in biology, chemistry, and physics.

What should I major in?

Nationally, one-half of med school applicants are biology majors of some type. However, you would have just as good a chance of being accepted to medical school with a music, history, or any other major. So, you should select a major in a field that you enjoy—something you're good at, where you can get good grades. Pre-medical requirements will then be fit into your electives categories.

When should I select a major?

  • By the end of sophomore year, preferably before.
More options

The pre-med program is part of a family of health science programs, many of which share a common course foundation. To learn about other options in the health sciences, see the health sciences page.

What about math?

  • A semester of statistics is required for the MCAT.
  • Many med schools recommend calculus, but not all. Talk to your advisor about specific schools and their requirements.

Are there core requirements?

  • Yes. Calvin’s core is designed to provide an educational foundation from a Christian liberal arts perspective. This provides you with a breadth that can greatly assist your everyday work with people—an integral part of the health professions.
  • The core curriculum is very important. Not fulfilling core requirements will result in a graduation delay.

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Teri Crumb

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Selected med schools attended by Calvin grads
  • University of Michigan
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Wayne State University
  • Temple University

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Physicians work in one or more specialties, including, among others:
  • Anesthesiology
  • Family and general medicine
  • General internal medicine
  • General pediatrics
  • Obstetrics and gynecology
  • Psychiatry
  • Surgery

More information about getting into grad school after Calvin

Paths to becoming a doctor

There are two paths to becoming a doctor: allopathic medicine, which leads to an MD, or osteopathic medicine, which leads to a DO.

Learn more about the fields of allopathic medicine » and osteopathic medicine ».


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