Essential Courses

Course # Title Offerings
BI 101 General Biology I Fall* and Spring
BI 102 General Biology II Fall and Spring*
CH 142 Integrated Chemistry Principles I Fall* and Spring
CH 143 Integrated Chemistry Principles I Lab Fall* and Spring
CH 144 Integrated Chemistry Principles II Fall and Spring*
CH 145 Integrated Chemistry Principles II Lab Fall and Spring* 
CH 232 Organic Chemistry I Fall Only
CH 233 Organic Chemistry I Lab Fall Only
CH 312 Biochemistry Fall and Spring
CH 247 Bioanalytical Chemistry Lab Spring Only
PC 200 (with Lab) General Physics I  Fall
PC 201 (with Lab) General Physics II Spring
PC 202 (with Lab) Introductory Physics I Fall and Spring
PC 203 (with Lab) Introductory Physics II Spring
PY 101 Introduction to Psychology* Fall and Spring
SO 101 Introduction to Sociology* Fall and Spring
Various 6 credits of Humanities  
EN ___ English Course in addition to FYC  

* indicates primary offering semester. Semesters noted with an asterisk (*) are semesters when additional sections are available. Semester without an asterisk will have limited availability.

Students will also need to be familiar with statistics and be adept at critical thinking, skills that are fostered by participation in research as part of course work or over the summer. For more information on topics covered on the MCAT, see . You can also gain ongoing practice through the MCAT Question of the Day website.

Make every effort to take the MCAT NO LATER than the end of June of the summer you plan to apply. This will require DILIGENT PREPARATION DURING BOTH SEMESTERS OF THE SCHOOL YEAR.

Important Notes

  • Some schools require two semesters of Organic Chemistry (check websites) and some require up to one year of math (ex. Penn State Hershey, which accepts ANY course with a Math designation); a general recommendation for a year of math is Calculus I and Statistics (some schools may accept a statistics course offered outside the math department; check websites of the schools). Also suggested courses to prepare for medical school include: genetics, comparative anatomy, developmental biology, molecular and cellular biology, microbiology, physiology, advanced biochemistry, foreign language, economics, social sciences (particularly social psychology), business courses, communication courses and ethics.
  • These courses reflect program requirements for our affiliations with the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine only. Although this course list will be sufficient for most other programs, make sure to check requirements of other schools in which you are interested no later than your sophomore year.
  • This course list does NOT represent a POE, nor does it cover College requirements. Design a POE, preferably in an academic area, in consultation with your advisor.
  • Make sure to have an advisor on the Health Professions Committee who advises premedical students. See
  • In addition to your course work you are urged to gain some experiences in healthcare through shadowing as well as gain significant community service experiences either during the school year or over the summer.

Special Programs in Medicine

University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Juniata offers a 4 year Lawrence Johnson Scholarship for a medical student at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry as long as the student remains in good academic standing. Only one student can hold the scholarship at any one time. The scholarship is open to current students and Juniata alumni applying during an eligible year and the recipient will be chosen by the Admissions Committee from the successful applicants that cycle. No special application process is required. Minimum credentials for scholarship recipients are science and overall GPAs of 3.5 and MCAT of 510 or better.

LECOM 4+ Affiliation Program

Students in this program go to Juniata for four years and then, provided they meet the academic requirements, matriculate to LECOM. Students can apply for this option as high school seniors or up through the end of their sophomore year at Juniata. Please see LECOM's website for detailed requirements:

Helpful websites:

American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine -

Association of American Medical Colleges -

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine -

University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry -

Minority information resource for MD applicants-

MD/Ph.D. information-

Resource List for Medical Career Information

Family Medicine

Information on all aspects of pre-medicine

Ventures Scholars Program

National Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Organization

Post-baccalaureate programs

Student Medical Associate Websites

American Medical Student Association

American Medical Women's Association

Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum

Association of American Indian Physics

National Hispanic Medical Association

Student National Medical Association

Student Osteopathic Medical Association

General Information:

Suggested Core Progression for Pre-Medicine

Note this is merely a suggest and is not written in stone, but provided merely as a guide for students. Students should always work with both their Health Professions Advisor and their POE Advisor to ensure adequate academic progress.

Freshman Year General Biology I General Biology II
  Integrated Chemistry Principles I Integrated Chemistry Principles II
  Integrated Chemistry Principles I Lab Integrated Chemistry Princ II Lab
Sophomore Year Integrated Chemistry: Organic Integrated Chemistry: Biochemistry
  Integrated Chemistry: Organic Lab Bioanalytical Chemistry Lab
  Humanities course English course
Junior Year Physics I and Lab Physics II and Lab
  MCAT Preparation* MCAT Preparation

*Both semesters of the year that you plan to take the exam.

Study Abroad and PreMedicine: Students should be aware of course offerings when planning a full-semester or year-long study abroad expereince. Medical schools will not accept prerequisite courses taken abroad. Therefore careful planning is needed to ensure prerequisite courses are taken prior to application to medical school. 

Be mindful of your POE courses, which are NOT indicated here. Always work with both your POE and Health Professions Advisor to ensure proper academic progress towards meeting both POE requirements and prerequisites for medical school.