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Curriculum and Coursework

Pre-Health Professions Curriculum and Coursework

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Fordham's Pre-Health concentration constitutes the academic preparation for application to any health profession program including, but not limited to, medical, dental, veterinary, physician's assistant, speech language pathology, occupational therapy, physical therapy and nursing programs.

Pre-Health students may choose to pursue a major in the sciences, arts or humanities.  The courses listed below constitute the minimum requirements for an application to most health profession programs, regardless of major:

  • One year of general biology with lab  (BISC 1403, 1404, 1413, 1414)

  • One year of general chemistry with lab  (CHEM 1311, 1312, 1321, 1322, 1331, 1332)

  • One year of organic chemistry with lab* (CHEM 2521, 2522, 2541, 2542)

  • One year of general physics with lab (PHYS 1501, 1502, 1503, 1511, 1512) or (1601, 1602) or (1701, 1702)

  • One year of English (satisfied by core requirements)

*General chemistry, including labs, must be successfully completed before enrollment in organic chemistry.

Students planning on completing additional coursework in the science should note that the biology and general chemistry foundation courses, plus all applicable labs (all listed above), must be successfully completed prior to enrollment in all upper division biology courses.

In addition, students applying to medical school are required to take the following coursework to meet the required competencies:

  • One semester of biochemistry** (BISC 3521)

  • One semester of psychology (PSYC 1200)

  • One semester of sociology (SOCI 1100)

  • One semester of statistics (MATH 1205, SOCI 2606, ECON 2140, PSYC 2000)

**Biology, general chemistry and organic chemistry plus all labs must be completed before enrollment in biochemistry.

Subtle variations in this coursework may be necessary for application to programs other than MD, DO, or DDS/DMD specific to each discipline. As such, any student planning on pursuing application to a health professions program should be in regular contact with Dean Watts ( in the Office of Pre-Health Professions Advising for guidance on course selection, extra-curricular activities, clinical and research experiences.

All Pre-Health students, no matter what their primary fields of study, should learn the major concepts and skills of science and mathematics, and would be well served by taking additional upper-level science coursework to help prepare for standardized entrance exams. In addition, some health professional schools may require calculus as a prerequisite.  It is the obligation of each student to investigate health professional schools' websites for school-specific requirements.