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
Two years of chemistry with laboratory
One year of physics with laboratory
You should discuss how to sequence your pre-medicine/pre-dentistry courses with Program Director Jeremiah Putnam. However, here are a few general recommendations:
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 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.
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.
Use the resources below to review requirements and recommendations at medical and dental schools: