Here is a list of courses typically required or recommended by medical and dental schools:
At least two semesters of Biology with labs:
Two semesters of General Chemistry with labs (Inorganic Chemistry)
Two semesters of Organic Chemistry with labs
Many med/dental schools now require biochemistry, and it is needed for the new MCAT.
Two semesters of General Physics with labs
Two semesters (calculus and statistics are often required)
Two writing courses (if they are not designated “ENGL” the application services may not recognize them, so we recommend)
For the new MCAT, we also highly recommend
A student must have an outstanding undergraduate record to be competitive for admission to medical or dental school. Criteria used to evaluate applicants include:
Although educational philosophies and specific undergraduate course requirements differ among the nation's medical and dental schools, these institutions recognize the value of a broad undergraduate education including a strong foundation in the natural sciences (biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics), well-developed communication skills, and a solid background in the humanities and social sciences.
Following the Committee Interview, the Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Committee will upon request provide a letter of recommendation to medical/dental schools. Ordinarily this will be a Composite Letter, also known as a Committee Letter. This letter is a comprehensive evaluation including impressions from the interview. For a student whose MCAT score is less than the 25th percentile or whose DAT score is less than 17 at the time the letter is requested, a Letter Packet may be offered instead of the Composite Letter. A Letter Packet consists of all individual recommendation letters that have been submitted to the Committee, along with a brief cover letter. The Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Committee reserves the right to decline a requested interview by any student whose Grade Point Average is less than 3.0 at the time of the request.