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Biology Timeline for MCAT

Biology, Chemistry, & Physics Coursework:

Freshman Year [Fall]:

  • General Biology I (BIOL 101 & 111)
  • General Chemistry I (CHEM 101 & 111 or CHEM 105)

Freshman Year [Spring]:

  • General Biology II (BIOL 102 & 112)
  • General Chemistry II (CHEM 102 & 112 or CHEM 106)

Sophomore Year [Fall]:

  • Cell Biology (BIOL 251) or Genetics (BIOL 282)
  • Organic Chemistry I (CHEM 223 & 225 or CHEM 221)

Sophomore Year [Spring]:

  • Cell Biology (BIOL 251) or Genetics (BIOL 282)
  • Organic Chemistry II (CHEM 224 & 226 or CHEM 222)

Junior Year [Fall]:

  • Biochemistry (BIOL 366 or CHEM 361)*
  • College Physics I (PHYS 111 & 111L)

Junior Year [Spring]:

  • College Physics II (PHYS 112 & 112L)

*BIOL 366 is cross-listed with CHEM 361 and is offered in Fall & Spring terms. BIOL 251 & BIOL 282 are prerequisites for BIOL 366, thus Biology majors and minors are required to take BIOL 251 & BIOL 282 prior to enrolling in BIOL 366.

Psychology & Sociology Coursework:**

  • Sociology (SOCL 101) Tier I Core Course
  • Psychology (PSYC 101) Tier II Core Couse     

** SOCL 101 is a Tier I core course and thus must be taken before PSYC 101 which is a Tier II core course. Students may want to consult with the Sociology Department to see if other such as SOCL 122 (Race & Ethnic Relations) address relevant subject matter to be tested on the MCAT.

Statistics Coursework:***

  • Statistics (STAT 103)

***Students majoring or minoring in Biology, Psychology, or Sociology may wish to consult with these departments about the degree to which BIOL 335 (Intro to Biostatistics), PSYC 304 (Stats), or SOCL 301 (Stats for Social Research) address statistical subject matter to be tested on the MCAT.        


These example course timelines are only a resource—they are subject to change due to the student’s interest, availability of classes, successful completion of prerequisites, math placement, modifications to the MCAT, etc. Example course timelines should be used in conjunction with departmental web pages; LOCUS; academic, major, and pre-health advisors; faculty with expertise in relevant subject areas; and American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) resources on the MCAT:


  • These course timelines are only one example of sequencing of courses identified as having primary relevance for the MCAT. Several other variations exist such as courses taken over the summer, additional courses taken during a single academic year, and the like.
  • Students may wish to consult with faculty in academic areas of interest for further information on how additional courses may substitute for or supplement courses listed in these course timelines as preparation for the MCAT.
  • Courses listed in these example timelines are completed by the end of the respective Spring term and prior to sitting for the MCAT in spring/summer of the respective year, which would typically be necessary for admission to medical school in fall. However, it is important to note that students may take four years (or more) to complete their preparation for the MCAT if they wish to take a year or more off between graduation from college and entrance to medical school, feel additional preparation for the MCAT is necessary, etc.
  • The Current MCAT is scheduled to be administered through January and then discontinued at that time. The new MCAT is scheduled to begin being administered in April and forward. While individual medical schools will decide independently whether they will accept the current MCAT for the respective application cycle and beyond, the AAMC will report scores on the current MCAT through the corresponding cycle.