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School of Medicine Greenville

Required Coursework

The admissions committee recommends that you complete more than the minimum requirements in the area of natural sciences to demonstrate your readiness for the rigorous curriculum. However, the committee welcomes applicants with preparation in the humanities and liberal arts who have completed the required coursework.

Course Credit hours required Additional details
Biology with lab 8 If using AP or IB credit, an additional semester in advanced biology such as cell biology, genetics, physiology, or molecular biology is required.
General inorganic chemistry with lab 8  
Organic chemistry with lab 4 We do not require a second semester of organic chemistry with lab. However, you may need to take a second semester to meet your undergraduate institution’s perquisite requirements for biochemistry.
Biochemistry 3 Lab not required.
Physics with lab 4  
Humanities, social and behavioral sciences 9 Must include at least one semester of English composition/literature. Up to two semesters of AP or IB credit may be applied if courses deemed acceptable by your undergraduate institution.

We also recommend taking courses in

  • Cell Biology
  • Genetics
  • Physiology


Additional Course Considerations

Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) credits acceptable to your undergraduate college may be used to satisfy prerequisite requirements as long as the courses appear on your official transcript. However, we advise that you take upper-level courses that demonstrate your ability to successfully complete more rigorous academic material.

Courses taken at the community or technical college level will satisfy prerequisite requirements. To be competitive in the selection process, we encourage applicants with community college prerequisites to supplement these courses by taking advanced courses in related subjects at a four-year college. Applicants who have taken the required courses at a four-year college and have done well are generally deemed more competitive in the selection process.

Online courses from an accredited college or university may be acceptable. However, the admissions committee places more value on courses taken in the classroom setting. Applicants who have successfully completed required courses in the classroom will be deemed more competitive in the selection process.

Extension or evening courses taken to fulfill premedical course requirements are not acceptable unless they are identical to courses offered in the undergraduate college’s regular academic program.

Prerequisites do not need to be completed to apply but must be successfully completed prior to matriculation. Acceptance is considered conditional until documentation of successful completion of the requirements is received.

All coursework submitted to fulfill admission requirements must be evaluated on the basis of a traditional grading system that employs a range of numbers or letters to indicate the comparative level of performance.


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