2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog


Pre-Health Professions

Requirements

General Requirements

Biology:

BIOL 10501Introductory Biology Lab I

1

BIOL 10503Introductory Biology I

3

BIOL 10511Introductory Biology Lab II

1

BIOL 10513Introductory Biology II

3

Chemistry:

CHEM 10113General Chemistry I

3

CHEM 10123General Chemistry II

3

CHEM 10122General Chemistry II Laboratory

2

OR

CHEM 10113General Chemistry I

3

CHEM 10123General Chemistry II

3

CHEM 20123Quantitative Analysis

3

 

CHEM 30121Organic Chemistry I Laboratory

1

CHEM 30123Organic Chemistry I

3

CHEM 20123Quantitative Analysis

3

CHEM 30143Organic Qualitative Analysis

3

Physics:

PHYS 10154General Physics I with Laboratory

4

PHYS 10164General Physics II with Laboratory

4

Math:

MATH 10043Elementary Statistics

3

Other:

TCU Core Curriculum requirements and requirements of the major/minor.

General Suggestions

Listed below are medically relevant courses that are highly recommended. Additionally, courses outside of the sciences such as those fulfilling the requirements for the Cultural Awareness in Health & Medicine minor are highly recommended.

BIOL 30304Microbiology

4

BIOL 30404Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy

4

BIOL 30463Introductory Neuroscience

3

BIOL 30603Cellular, Molecular, and Developmental Biology

3

BIOL 30803Human Parasitology

3

BIOL 40111Topics in Medicine

1

BIOL 40123Genetics

3

BIOL 40203Histology

3

BIOL 40224Developmental Biology

4

BIOL 40254Immunology

4

BIOL 40273Genomics

3

BIOL 40303Medical Microbiology

3

BIOL 40403Mammalian Physiology

3

BIOL 40473Vertebrate Endocrinology

3

BIOL 40603Virology

3

BIOL 40513Fundamentals of Biochemistry

3

BIOL 50133Biochemistry I

3

BIOL 50143Biochemistry II

3

Additional Pre-Dental Courses

Two advanced biology courses are required, with recommended courses listed in general suggestions. The following courses are especially recommended, with Microbiology, Anatomy & Physiology being required by several programs.

BIOL 30304Microbiology

4

BIOL 30404Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy

4

BIOL 30603Cellular, Molecular, and Developmental Biology

3

BIOL 40123Genetics

3

BIOL 40403Mammalian Physiology

3

BIOL 40513Fundamentals of Biochemistry

3

OR

BIOL 50133Biochemistry I

3

Additional Pre-Medical Courses

Two advanced biology courses are required, with recommended courses listed in general suggestions. In addition, General Psychology, Introductory Sociology and Biochemistry are highly recommended in preparation for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT.)
PSYC 10213General Psychology

3

SOCI 20213Introductory Sociology

3

BIOL 40513Fundamentals of Biochemistry

3

OR

BIOL 50133Biochemistry I

3

AND

BIOL 50143Biochemistry II

3

Additional Pre-Optometry Courses

MATH 10524Calculus I

4

MATH 10043Elementary Statistics

3

PSYC 10213General Psychology

3

BIOL 30304Microbiology

4

BIOL 40513Fundamentals of Biochemistry

3

OR

BIOL 50133Biochemistry I

3

BIOL 20204Anatomy and Physiology

4

AND

BIOL 20214Anatomy and Physiology

4

OR

BIOL 30404Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy

4

AND

BIOL 40403Mammalian Physiology

3

Additional Pre-Pharmacy Courses

MATH 10524Calculus I

4

MATH 10043Elementary Statistics

3

PSYC 10213General Psychology

3

BIOL 30304Microbiology

4

BIOL 20204Anatomy and Physiology

4

OR

BIOL 30404Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy

4

BIOL 40123Genetics

3

Additional Pre-Physician's Assistant Courses

Program requirements vary so it is highly recommended to determine the pre-requisite courses required for each individual program. The following courses are especially recommended.

BIOL 30304Microbiology

4

BIOL 20204Anatomy and Physiology

4

BIOL 20214Anatomy and Physiology

4

BIOL 40123Genetics

3

BIOL 40513Fundamentals of Biochemistry

3

MATH 10043Elementary Statistics

3

PSYC 10213General Psychology

3

Additional Pre-Podiatric Courses

Same as pre-med courses.

Additional Pre-Veterinary Courses

BIOL 30304Microbiology

4

BIOL 30603Cellular, Molecular, and Developmental Biology

3

BIOL 40123Genetics

3

BIOL 40254Immunology

4

BIOL 50133Biochemistry I

3

BIOL 50143Biochemistry II

3

PSYC 10213General Psychology

3

RAMA 30703Animal Nutrition and Feeding

3

Two advanced biology courses as listed under general suggestions, especially recommended:

GPA Requirements:

To continue in the Pre-Health Professions Program (e.g., be advised by HPAC and utilize HPAC for mock interviews and recommendation letters) it is strongly recommended that students maintain at least a:

  1. 2.5 GPA in TCU biology and chemistry courses after their first two semesters at TCU. For most students, this consists of BIOL 10501, BIOL 10503, BIOL 10511 and BIOL 10513 and CHEM 10113 and either CHEM 10125 or CHEM 10123 and CHEM 20123.
  2. 2.8 GPA in TCU biology and chemistry courses after their first four semesters at TCU. For most students, this consists of chemistry through Organic (CHEM 30123, CHEM 30121, CHEM 30133 and CHEM 30143) and BIOL 30603.
  3. 3.1 GPA in TCU biology and chemistry courses after their first six semesters at TCU.

Important notes:

  • For transfer students from two-year institutions who have not taken biology and chemistry, a cumulative GPA of 3.7 is highly recommended for entrance into the program.
  • For transfer students from four-year institutions who have taken biology and chemistry, a 2.8 GPA in introductory chemistry and biology courses and a cumulative GPA of 3.4 is highly recommended for entrance into the program.
  • For transfer students from four-year institutions who have not taken biology and chemistry, a cumulative GPA of 3.5 is highly recommended for entrance into the program.
  • These are minimum requirements and in no way should be considered competitive. The average entering GPA for medical, dental and vet schools is almost always in the 3.6-3.8 range, and very few applicants are accepted with a GPA of less than 3.3.