- Two semesters of biology
- Four semesters of chemistry
- Two semesters of physics
- Some medical schools require biochemistry with laboratory (the Florida schools) or four semesters of biology (some of the Texas schools)
- One semester of math
- Two semesters of English
At Sewanee a student will normally take Chemistry 101-102 (General Chemistry), Chemistry 201-202 (Organic Chemistry), Physics 101-102 (General Physics), Biology 133 and Biology 233, and either Biology 130 (Principles of Biology I) or an advanced biology course chosen after consultation with the chair of the committee. These courses are the science prerequisites for the MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test) and the DAT (Dental Admissions Test). Since these tests must be taken approximately one year before you plan to enter professional school, you must complete these science courses no later than end of your junior year if you want to qualify for admission in the year that you graduate from Sewanee. Veterinary medical schools now require the general Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and some require the GRE in biology. Please consult the veterinary schools you plan to apply to.
The important message is to start now if you want to enter medical, dental, or veterinary school in the fall after you graduate from Sewanee. First semester freshmen should take one of the following courses: Biology 131 or 133, Chemistry 101 or 102, or Physics 101. Please note that while Biology 130 is required for a major in biology, it is not a prerequisite for Biology 133. If Chemistry 102 is an option, you should consult with the chair of the committee about how you will complete the year of general chemistry requirement. It is also desirable to complete at least one semester of mathematics during your first year.