Pre-Medicine Program Requirements

Major/Health Professions File
There is no official "Premed" major at Rutgers-Newark. While many Pre-Health students major in the biological sciences or chemistry, Pre-Health students may major in any subject with the provision that the science requirements (below) are fulfilled. We recommend that students choose a major that they enjoy.

Students are encouraged to contact Pre-Professional Services for specific information and for general meetings. Upon successful completion of the freshman year, students are expected to register their career intentions by opening an official Health Professions File. Information in the file is utilized for advisement and forms the basis of the college letter of recommendation submitted to professional schools when application is made for admission. It is the obligation of the student to update and complete the file at least 1 semester before requesting a committee evaluation.  

Students are not charged fees for utilizing the services provided by the Pre-Profesional Services Office. However, they are required to maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.4 in order to receive committee letters of recommendation. It should be understood that competition for admission to the health professons has increased with only the most superior applicants earning acceptance to schools.

Courses
The following Rutgers-Newark courses satisfy the general requirements of most medical colleges:

 

Requirement Credits Rutgers-Newark Course(s)
2 -3 semesters of Biology with lab  
Concepts in Biology (120:200, 4 credits, lec., no lab)  is the prerequisite for:
Foundations of Bio: Cell & Molecular Biology (120:201, 3 credits, lec.)
Foundations of Bio: Cell & Molecular Biology (120:202, 1 credit, lab.)
Foundations of Bio: Ecology & Evolution (120:205, 3 credit, lec.)
Foundations of Bio: Ecology & Evolution (120:206, 1 credit, lab.)
1 additional semester of Biology with lab 4 credits

Biochemistry (120:360)

Recommended: additional upper level biology courses (such as Genetics, Molecular Biology, Mammalian Physiology)

2 semesters of General Chemistry with lab 10 credits General Chemistry Lecture I (160:115, 4 credits)1
General Chemistry Lab I (160:113, 1 credit)
General Chemistry Lecture II (160:116, 4 credits)
General Chemistry Lab II (160:114, 1 credit)2
2 semesters of Organic Chemistry with lab 10 credits Organic Chemistry Lecture I (160:335, 4 credits)3
Organic Chemistry Lecture II (160:336, 4 credits)3
Organic Chemistry Lab (160:331, 2 credits)4
2 semesters of Physics with lab 10 credits General Physics Lecture I (750:203, 4 credits)5
Introductory Physics Lab I (750:205, 1 credit)
General Physics Lecture II (750:204, 4 credits)5
Introductory Physics Lab II (750:206, 1 credit)
- OR -
University Physics Lecture I (750:213, 4 credits)6
Introductory Physics Lab I (750:205, 1 credit)
University Physics Lecture II (750:214, 4 credits)6
Introductory Physics Lab II (750:206, 1 credit)
1 or 2 semesters of Mathematics (usually through Precalculus)7 3-6 credits Precalculus (640:114)
- OR -
Unified Calculus (640:135)

1The prerequisites for General Chemistry Lecture I are 1 year high school chemistry (or equivalent), AND College Algebra (640:109).
2The prerequisites for General Chemistry Lecture II are 1 year high school chemistry (or equivalent), AND Precalculus (640:114).
3The prerequisites for Organic Chemistry Lecture I/II are General Chemistry Lecture I AND II.
4The prerequisite course for Organic Chemistry Lab is one semester of Organic Chemistry Lecture I OR II.
5The prerequisite course for Rutgers General Physics Lecture I/II is Precalculus (640:114).
6The prerequisite or corequisite course for University Physics Lecture I/II is Unified Calculus (640:135 AND 640:136).
7This requirement varies with certain schools and may require Calculus. Students are encouraged to consult with individual schools for specific entrance requirements.

Typical Programs
Students with a solid science background typically follow a program like this:

  • Year 1: Concepts of Biology (4 credits), Foundations of Biology (4 credits), General Chemistry (10 credits) and Mathematics (3-6 credits)
  • Year 2: Organic Chemistry (10 credits), Foundations of Biology (4 credits), Advanced Biology (4 credits)
  • Year 3: Physics (10 credits)
  • Year 4: Completion of college credits for graduation

Students with an average science background typically follow a program like this:

  • Year 1: Biology (8 credits) and Math (3-6 credits)
  • Year 2: General Chemistry (10 credits) and Adv. Bio. (4-8 credits)
  • Year 3: Organic Chemistry (10 credits) and Physics (10 credits)
  • Year 4: Completion of college credits for graduation

NOTE: Students having completed courses outside the U.S. should be aware that they may not be applied to fulfill the academic requirements for admission to professional schools. This includes courses that have been transferred to Rutgers and are applied toward the total credits required for graduation.