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Pre-Health

Course Recommendations

Which courses should you take for Pre-Health? Students possessing a solid foundation in the natural sciences and enthusiasm for any topic, including choices from the humanities and social sciences, are attractive to medical and other health professional schools. Follow your passion!  In addition, students must be able to deal with abstract ideas and 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 guidelines that are based upon our analysis of the major schools in Illinois and sometimes surrounding states, 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.
  • For some programs, all prerequisites must be completed before applying.
  • Typically online science courses are not accepted.
  • Grades in prerequisite courses must be a C or better. 
  • A specific course in speech generally is not needed since a speaking intensive course is in our curriculum. 

Students are responsible for researching the health professional graduate programs they will be applying to and making sure they meet all prerequisites. 

Pre-Med

BIOL 120: Organismal Biology with Lab
CHEM 115 and 116: Chemistry I & II with Lab
BIOL 221: Molecules, Genes, and Cells with Lab
CHEM 220 and 221: Organic Chemistry I & II with Lab
CHEM 300: Biochemistry with Lab
PHYS 110 and 111: Introductory Physics I & II with Lab
PSYC 110: Intro to Psychological Science
SOAN 110: Introduction to Sociology and Anthropology (take in first two years, or take a different SOAN course later)
MATH 110: Calculus (small percentage of schools)
MATH 150: Introduction to Probability & Statistics (large percentage of schools) or PSYC 221: Research Methods & Statistics I
Two English courses

Recommended courses include: BIOL 208: Human Anatomy; BIOL 323: Microbiology; BIOL 340: Animal Physiology; Spanish or other language

Pre-Nursing

BIOL 120: Organismal Biology with Lab
CHEM 115 and 116: Chemistry I & II with Lab
BIOL 208: Human Anatomy with Lab
BIOL 221: Molecules, Genes, and Cells with Lab
CHEM 220: Organic Chemistry I*  with Lab
BIOL 323: Microbiology with Lab
BIOL 340: Animal Physiology with Lab

*Not required for Rush affiliation. Can usually be taken at a 2-year college for programs requiring Organic Chemistry.
Recommended courses include: Statistics (MATH 150 or PSYC 221); PSYC 110: Intro to Psychological Science; PSYC 210: Developmental Psychology; Sociology; Spanish or other language

Pre-Physician Assistant

BIOL 120: Organismal Biology with Lab
CHEM 115 and 116: Chemistry I & II with Lab
BIOL 208: Human Anatomy with Lab
BIOL 221: Molecules, Genes, and Cells with Lab
CHEM 220: Organic Chemistry I & II with Lab
CHEM 300: Biochemistry with Lab
BIOL 323: Microbiology with Lab
BIOL 340: Animal Physiology with Lab
PSYC 110: Intro to Psychological Science
MATH 150: Introduction to Probability & Statistics (or PSYC 221)
Two English courses
Speech*

Recommended courses include: Medical terminology (not offered at Lake Forest); Spanish or other language; additional Psychology

Note: most matriculants in Physician Assistant programs have over a thousand hours direct patient contact (e.g. CNA, physical therapy aide, EMT, etc).

Pre-Dentistry

BIOL 120: Organismal Biology with Lab
BIOL 221: Molecules, Genes, and Cells with Lab
CHEM 115 and 116: Chemistry I & II with Lab
CHEM 220 and 221: Organic Chemistry I & II with Lab
CHEM 300: Biochemistry with Lab
PHYS 110 and 111: Introductory Physics I & II with Lab
MATH 150: Introduction to Probability & Statistics
ECON 110: Principles of Economics
Two English courses, including composition

Recommended courses include additional Biology courses: BIOL 208: Human Anatomy; BIOL 322: Molecular Biology; BIOL 323: Microbiology; BIOL 340: Animal Physiology; BIOL 352: Molecular Genetics; PSYC 110: Intro to Psychological Science; Sociology; Spanish or other language

Pre-Pharmacy

BIOL 120: Organismal Biology with Lab
BIOL 208: Human Anatomy with Lab
BIOL 221: Molecules, Genes, and Cells with Lab
PSYC 110: Intro to Psychological Science
BIOL 323: Microbiology with Lab
BIOL 340: Animal Physiology with Lab
CHEM 115 and 116: Chemistry I & II with Lab
CHEM 220 and 221: Organic Chemistry I & II with Lab
CHEM 300: Biochemistry with Lab
PHYS 110: Introductory Physics I with Lab
MATH 110: Calculus
MATH 150: Introduction to Probability & Statistics (or PSYC 221)
ECON 110: Principles of Economics
Two English courses, including composition
Speech*
Genetics*

Recommended courses include:  PSYC 110: Intro to Psychological Science; Sociology; Spanish or other language

Pre-Optometry

BIOL 120: Organismal Biology with Lab
BIOL 221: Molecules, Genes, and Cells with Lab
CHEM 115 and 116: Chemistry I & II with Lab
CHEM 220: Organic Chemistry I with Lab
BIOL 323: Microbiology with Lab
PHYS 110 and 111: Introductory Physics I & II with Lab
MATH 110: Calculus
MATH 150: Introduction to Probability & Statistics (or PSYC 221)
PSYC 110: Intro to Psychological Science
Two English courses, including composition

Recommended courses include: BIOL 208: Human Anatomy; BIOL 340: Animal physiology; BIOL 352: Molecular Genetics; CHEM 300: Biochemistry; business; economics; sociology; additional psychology course; Spanish or other language

Pre-Occupational Therapy

BIOL 120: Organismal Biology with Lab
BIOL 221: Molecules, Genes, and Cells with Lab
BIOL 208: Human Anatomy with Lab
BIOL 340: Animal Physiology with Lab
CHEM 115 and 116: Chemistry I & II with Lab
MATH 150: Introduction to Probability & Statistics
PSYC 110: Intro to Psychological Science
PSYC 210: Developmental Psychology
2 English courses
Speech*

Recommended courses include: Medical terminology (not offered at Lake Forest); Abnormal Psychology, Spanish or other language

Pre-Physical Therapy

BIOL 120: Organismal Biology with Lab
BIOL 221: Molecules, Genes, and Cells with Lab
BIOL 208: Human Anatomy with Lab
BIOL 340: Animal Physiology with Lab
CHEM 115 and 116: Chemistry I & II with Lab
PHYS 110 and 111: Introductory Physics I & II with Lab
MATH 150: Introduction to Probability & Statistics
MATH 110: Calculus
PSYC 110: Intro to Psychological Science
PSYC 210: Developmental Psychology
Medical terminology (not offered at Lake Forest)
Two English courses, including composition
Speech*

Recommended courses include: Spanish or other language

Pre-Veterinarian

BIOL 120: Organismal Biology with Lab
BIOL 221: Molecules, Genes, and Cells with Lab
CHEM 115 and 116: Chemistry I & II with Lab
CHEM 220 and 221: Organic Chemistry I & II with Lab
CHEM 300: Biochemistry with Lab
PHYS 110 and 111: Introductory Physics I & II with Lab
Two English Courses
Speech*
Genetics*
Two other science courses, below

Other recommended courses include:  BIOL 208: Human Anatomy; BIOL 220: Evolution and Ecology; BIOL 323: Microbiology; BIOL 326: Immunology; BIOL 340: Animal Physiology; BIOL 352: Molecular Genetics; MATH 150: Introduction to Probability & Statistics; MATH 110: Calculus; PSYC 110: Intro to Psychological Science; Sociology; Economics; Business; Accounting; Personal Finance; Animal Sciences (including Nutrition) not offered at Lake Forest; Spanish or other language

* Pre-Health Advising can provide a formal letter explaining how this course material is covered at Lake Forest.