Requirements & Courses

Recommended Courses

The following courses are recommended for Davidson pre-medicine/pre-dentistry students to develop competencies in the sciences.  This listing of courses is meant to be only a broad curricular outline, as individual medical and dental school requirements may vary.

One year of biology with laboratory

  • BIO 111:  Molecules, Genes, and Cells
  • BIO 112:  Organisms, Evolution and Ecosystems

Or

  • BIO 113:  Integrated Concepts in Biology I
  • BIO 114:  Integrated Concepts in Biology II

Two years of chemistry with laboratory

  • CHE 115:  Principles of Chemistry
  • CHE 201:  Introductory Organic Chemistry I
  • CHE 202:  Introductory Organic Chemistry II
  • CHE 215:  Chemical Equilibrium

One year of physics with laboratory

  • PHY 120:  General Physics
  • PHY 220:  General Physics

Or

  • PHY 130:  General Physics with Calculus
  • PHY 230:  General Physics with Calculus

You should discuss how to sequence your pre-medicine/pre-dentistry courses with Program Director Naila Mamoon.  However, here are a few general recommendations: 

  • Start the chemistry courses as early as possible, especially if you are considering study abroad. 
  • Plan a course load as light as possible for the spring semester when you study for the MCAT/DAT; the college permits a one-course reduction when preparing for the MCAT/DAT which traditionally is done during the spring semester of the junior year. 
  • While that spring semester is a good time to lighten your course load, you should not do so often, as you need to prove to the medical/dental schools that you can handle more than one challenging science course per semester.
  • You may take 25 percent of the pre-medical/pre-dental courses away from Davidson, but if you do so, take these courses at an institution with a solid reputation for pre-professional training. The program director can advise you in choosing schools.

Other Course Options

Humanities and Social Sciences

Medical/dental schools encourage academic diversity, and courses in the humanities and social sciences are an excellent way to expand your intellectual horizons. Consider exploring a wide array of study options, including:

Medical Humanities

Medical humanities include interdisciplinary courses in the theory and practice of medicine, including the organization, delivery, and financing of health care, innovations in reproductive and genetic technologies, bioethics, public health, and more.  Through these courses, you gain understanding of controversial issues facing American medicine and develop skills in articulating your opinions on those issues.

Selected Courses in Biology and Neuroscience

Selected advanced biology and neuroscience courses help you develop vocabulary and understand concepts that are important in medical/dental schools, particularly during basic science training.

Research

The advancement of medicine/dentistry hinges on an understanding of basic research.  Many research opportunities are available to you in the biology, chemistry, physics, and psychology departments.

Study Abroad

Foreign travel adds immeasurably to your education.  However, early planning - particularly for laboratory science courses - is necessary to avoid delaying your application to medical/dental school.

Medical/Dental School Requirements

Use the resources below to review requirements and recommendations at medical and dental schools: