Course Recommendations

Which courses should you take for Pre-Health? Students possessing a solid foundation in the natural sciences and coursework in the social sciences and humanities are attractive to medical and other health professional schools. Students must be able to deal with abstract ideas and also express themselves with oral and written clarity.

Recommended Courses

Health professional graduate programs generally prefer that Lake Forest students complete all their Pre-Health coursework at Lake Forest College, when possible. In some cases, such as when courses required by a health professional graduate program are not offered at Lake Forest College, students should find highly-ranked, rigorous institutions at which to take such courses.

Below are some course guidelines, arranged by type of health professional graduate program.  Please note that individual programs may have specific requirements not reflected here, and that requirements vary within a program.  Students are responsible for researching the health professional graduate programs they will be applying to and making sure they meet all prerequisite requirements. 

Pre-Med

BIOL 120: Organismal Biology
CHEM 115 and 116: Chemistry I & II
BIOL 221: Molecules, Genes, and Cells
CHEM 220 and 221: Organic Chemistry I & II
CHEM 300: Biochemistry
PHYS 110 and 111: Introductory Physics I & II
PSYC 110: Introduction to Psychology
SOAN 110: Introduction to Sociology and Anthropology (take in first two years)
MATH 110: Calculus (small percentage of schools)
MATH 150: Introduction to Probability & Statistics (large percentage of schools), or BIOL 150 or PSYC 221
English (2 courses)
Spanish or other language

Other recommended courses include: BIOL 208: Anatomy; BIOL 220: Ecology and Evolution; BIOL 320: Microbiology; BIOL 340: Animal Physiology

Pre-Nursing

BIOL 120: Organismal Biology
CHEM 115 and 116: Chemistry I & II
BIOL 208: Anatomy
BIOL 221: Molecules, Genes, and Cells
CHEM 220: Organic Chemistry I (can be taken at a two-year college)
BIOL 320: Microbiology
BIOL 340: Animal Physiology
PSYC 110: Introduction to Psychology

Other recommended courses include: Statistics (BIOL 150, MATH 150, or PSYC 221); BIOL 106: Nutrition and the Human Body; PSYC 210: Developmental Psychology; Sociology; Spanish

Pre-Physician Assistant

BIOL 120: Organismal Biology
CHEM 115 and 116: Chemistry I & II
BIOL 208: Anatomy
BIOL 221: Molecules, Genes, and Cells
CHEM 220: Organic Chemistry I & II
BIOL 320: Microbiology
BIOL 340: Animal Physiology
PSYC 110: Introduction to Psychology
Statistics (BIOL 150, MATH 150, or PSYC 221)
English (2 courses)
Speech*

Other recommended courses include: Medical terminology (not offered at Lake Forest); Spanish; Additional Psychology

Note: most Physician Assistant programs have a prerequisite of hundreds of hours direct patient contact.

Pre-Dentistry

BIOL 120: Organismal Biology
BIOL 221: Molecules, Genes, and Cells
CHEM 115 and 116: Chemistry I & II
CHEM 220 and 221: Organic Chemistry I & II
CHEM 300: Biochemistry
PHYS 110 and 111: Introductory Physics I & II
MATH 110: Calculus
ECON 110: Principles of Economics
English

Other recommended courses include: BIOL 208: Anatomy; BIOL 220: Ecology and Evolution; BIOL 320: Microbiology; BIOL 340: Animal Physiology*; BIOL 352: Molecular Genetics; Statistics (BIOL 150, MATH 150, or PSYC 221); Spanish; Psychology; Sociology

Pre-Pharmacy

BIOL 120: Organismal Biology
BIOL 208: Anatomy
BIOL 221: Molecules, Genes, and Cells
BIOL 220: Ecology and Evolution
CHEM 115 and 116: Chemistry I & II
CHEM 220 and 221: Organic Chemistry I & II
PHYS 110 and 111: Introductory Physics I & II
MATH 110: Calculus
ECON 110: Principles of Economics
2 English courses
Speech*
Genetics*

Other recommended courses include: BIOL 340: Animal Physiology; Statistics (BIOL 150, MATH 150, or PSYC 221); Chemistry 300: Biochemistry; Spanish; Psychology; Sociology

Pre-Optometry

BIOL 120: Organismal Biology
BIOL 221: Molecules, Genes, and Cells
CHEM 115 and 116: Chemistry I & II
CHEM 220: Organic Chemistry I 
BIOL 320: Microbiology
PHYS 110 and 111: Introductory Physics I & II
MATH 110: Calculus
MATH 150: Introduction to Probability & Statistics (or BIOL 150, PSYC 221)
PSYC 110: Introduction to Psychology
2 English courses
ECON, SOAN, POLS, or additional PSYC

Other recommended courses include: BIOL 208: Anatomy; BIOL 340: Animal physiology; BIOL 352: Molecular Genetics; CHEM 300: Biochemistry; Spanish 

Pre-Physical Therapy

BIOL 120: Organismal Biology
BIOL 221: Molecules, Genes, and Cells
Medical terminology (not offered at Lake Forest)
CHEM 115 and 116: Chemistry I & II
PHYS 110 and 111: Introductory Physics I & II
MATH 150: Introduction to Probability & Statistics
PSYC 110: Introduction to Psychology
2 English courses
Speech*

Other recommended courses include: BIOL 208: Anatomy; BIOL 340: Animal Physiology; Spanish

Pre-Veterinarian

BIOL 120: Organismal Biology
BIOL 221: Molecules, Genes, and Cells
CHEM 115 and 116: Chemistry I & II
CHEM 220 and 221: Organic Chemistry I & II
CHEM 300: Biochemistry (many schools)
MATH 150: Introduction to Probability & Statistics
PHYS 110 and 111: Introductory Physics I & II
Animal Nutrition (not offered at Lake Forest)
2-3 courses English
Speech*
Genetics*

Other recommended courses include:  BIOL 208: Anatomy; BIOL 320: Microbiology; BIOL 340: Animal Physiology; BIOL 352: Molecular Genetics; MATH 110: Calculus; Psychology; Sociology; Economics; Spanish

* The Health Professions Advisory Committee may provide a formal explanation (for students applying to health professional graduate programs) of how this course material is covered at Lake Forest.

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