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2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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(Four-Year Program)

Department of Chemistry
College of Science and Mathematics

Location: Sundquist Science Complex, A308
Phone: 931-221-7628

Accredited schools of medicine regularly require that the applicant hold a bachelor’s degree. The completion of the following curriculum leads to the bachelor’s degree conferred by APSU before the student attends the professional school. The premedical curriculum is designed to meet the requirements of the University of Tennessee, Memphis.

Since competition for positions in medical schools is very keen, completion of all these enumerated requirements in no way guarantees that the applicant will be admitted to a medical school. The applicant should always have an alternate career in mind and should select his/her major, minor, and electives in such a way as to support the alternate career. Students should complete a strong major and minor.

It is important to have a strong academic record with a good foundation in the basic sciences and liberal arts. See the web page at for more detailed information and links to medical schools.

Admission Into Medical School

Most medical schools require the applicant to:

  • Take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
  • Be interviewed personally by the medical school

Specific Requirements

Biology 8
Chemistry 16
Physics 8
English/Literature 6

  • Behavioral sciences (psychology, sociology, etc.) are considered valuable.
  • Biochemistry is recommended.
  • The degree applicant must have an excellent academic record.
  • CHECK with the medical school to determine additional required courses for admission.

Requirements when applicant reaches junior and senior years:

Ideally students should take the MCAT in the spring of the junior year or in the summer between the junior and senior years. Application to medical school should also be made in the summer between the junior and senior years for entrance to medical school the fall of the following calendar year. Individual circumstances can change this time frame.

  Credit Hours
General Education (see common core)
University-Wide Freshman Seminar Requirement

Specific General Education Requirements: 11 Credit Hours

Major Courses - variable depending on major

Electives - variable depending on major

It is strongly recommended that elective science courses be chosen from the following: biochemistry, upper division biology courses (such as: genetics, developmental biology, cell biology, microbiology, molecular biology, and physiology). Suggested non-physical or biological science coursework should be selected from a range of areas to acquire a broad cultural background with perhaps a special emphasis on the behavioral sciences.

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