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

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

What about math?

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

Are there core requirements?

  • 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.

Opportunities not to miss

Because this program is an advising track designed to meet the requirements for medical school, course requirements are recommendations that you should discuss with the pre-medical advisor.

Two courses in molecular and organismal biology

Two courses in inorganic chemistry

Two courses in organic chemistry

One course in biochemistry

Two courses in Physics

Many med schools recommend or require statistics

Core requirements

  • It is imperative that you complete Calvin's core requirements. Not doing so will result in graduation delays.
  • PSYC-151 or SOC-151 satisfy core requirements and are required for the MCAT.

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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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