Coursework

The following represents the current general requirements for most medical/dental schools:

2 semesters of General Chemistry with lab   
2 semesters or Organic Chemistry with lab
2 semesters of Biology with lab
2 semesters of Physics with lab
2 semesters of Math (commonly Calculus I and either Calculus II or a statistics class)
at least one semester of English

Georgetown courses for medical/dental preparation:
 
Chemistry
CHEM 001/009 General Chemistry I and lab
CHEM 002/010 General Chemistry II and lab
CHEM 115/117 Organic Chemistry I and lab
CHEM 116/118 Organic Chemistry II and lab

Biology
BIOL 103/113 Foundations of Biology I and lab
BIOL 104/114 Foundations of Biology II and lab
NHS Students may take
HSCI 101 Human Biology I
HSCI 102 Human Biology II

Physics
PHYS 101 Principles of Physics I
PHYS 102 Principles of Physics II 

Mathematics
MATH 035 Calculus I
MATH 036 Calculus II
MATH 006 Stats with Exploratory Data Analysis
MATH 040 Probability and Statistics
 
Common Advanced Electives
BIOL 151 Biological Chemistry
BIOL 152 Genetics
BIOL 170 Developmental Cell Biology
BIOL 175 Mammalian Physiology

If you are not a biology major, it is recommended that you take one of the Common Advanced Electives as your second biology course instead of BIOL104.
 
In a perfect world, this would be all you would need to complete so that you will be confident that you have met the minimum requirements for any medical/dental school.  However, this is not the case. The list above represents the most common set of requirements, but some schools have different requirements.  For example, the University of Texas system currently requires 14 credits in biology; four, 3 credit lecture courses and two, 1 credit lab courses for admission for both medical and dental schools.  Other schools may only require one semester of Organic Chemistry and one semester of Biochemistry.    At this time, we feel that the prudent path is to complete the general requirements as listed above that apply for most medical/dental schools and take additional courses as needed.  The bottom line is that you must do some research to ensure that you have met the requirements for any specific school to which you wish to apply.

Sample Plans for completing Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental science pre-requisites

Below are some sample schedules for completing pre-requisite science courses.  You should be aware that there is no single schedule that is right for everyone and you should plan your schedule in consultation with your dean and your faculty adviser.  Nonetheless, here are some examples of when to take your pre-requisites.

Traditional
Typically for science majors who plan on applying to medical/dental school at the end of junior year.  This list includes only the pre-requisite courses.  It is expected that upper division electives would be taken as well.

First Year Fall

General Chemistry I

Foundations of Biology I

Spring

General Chemistry II

Foundations of Biology II

Sophomore Fall Organic Chemistry I
Spring Organic Chemistry II
Junior Fall Principles of Physics I
Spring

Principles of Physics II

MCAT April-July

Senior Fall  
Spring  

Early Assurance Program
The Early Assurance Program (EAP) is an opportunity for students who have excelled in their course work and wish to attend Georgetown's School of Medicine (SOM) to receive assurance of admission at the end of sophomore year. To be eligible for the EAP, students must be in their fourth semester at Georgetown University and have completed four of the five science pre-med courses by the end of their sophomore year. Organic Chemistry must be one of the four completed courses.  Please see the link to the EAP program in the Undergraduates section for more information.  Transfer students are not eligible for the EAP.

First Year Fall

General Chemistry I

Foundations of Biology I

Spring

General Chemistry II

Foundations of Biology II

Sophomore Fall

Organic Chemistry I

Principles of Physics I

Spring

Organic Chemistry II

Principles of Physics II

Junior Fall  
Spring  
Senior Fall  
Spring  

Four Year Option – doing full Junior Year Abroad
This is a growing option for medical/dental school applicants.  In this scenario, students apply to medical/dental school in the spring of their senior year.  This necessitates taking a gap year.  While this will allow a student to study abroad, this option is becoming popular as well for students who do not go abroad.  This gives students more time to complete the requirements with ample time to perform other activities such as research, clinical experiences or pursing other interests.  This option will also allow the applicant to demonstrate academic improvement in the event of poor grades during their first year. Finally, the addition of a gap year adds greater flexibility to include experiences that will serve to enhance their application. 

First Year Fall

General Chemistry I

Foundations of Biology I

Spring

General Chemistry II

Foundations of Biology II

Sophomore Fall Organic Chemistry I
Spring Organic Chemistry II
Junior Fall Abroad
Spring Abroad
Senior Fall Principles of Physics I
Spring

Principles of Physics II

MCAT April-July

Four Year Option - Non-science Major
This is similar to the previous option and allows a student to complete the pre-requisites at a more relaxed pace.

First Year Fall General Chemistry I
Spring General Chemistry II
Sophomore Fall Organic Chemistry I
Spring Organic Chemistry II
Junior Fall Foundations of Biology I
Spring Biochemistry
Senior Fall Principles of Physics I
Spring

Principles of Physics II

MCAT April-July

It is important to understand that these are simply examples of schedules. Each student has unique circumstances and desires that need to be considered when planning a schedule. One of the benefits of being at Georgetown is that you have several advisers to consult who will help you choose the best strategy. It is important that you utilize these resources when developing your academic plan.
Missing from these sample schedules are math and English courses. Many students come to Georgetown with AP credit for these. It is generally recommended that you take at least one course of each while at Georgetown. You should plan to complete these requirements by the time you actually apply to medical/dental school. In addition, remember that Calculus I (MATH 035) is a co-requisite for Principles of Physics I (PHYS101).