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Commonly Required Courses

These are typical requirements and recommendations for applying to podiatry programs.  If you are interested in applying to programs in one of the other health profession areas (medical, dental, pharmacy, PA, PT, optometry, etc.) please review the recommended courses for that specific area. 

The health professional schools themselves provide the most accurate and up-to-date source of information.  Students should begin researching specific requirements of health professional schools they are interested in early in their academic careers and continue this research through their academic careers as health professional schools typically update their required and recommended courses on an annual basis. 

Students should also review Loyola department websites and LOCUS to determine relevant pre-requisites for courses listed below, what terms these courses are typically offered.

AreaSubjectLoyola Equivalent
Biology General Biology I BIOL 101 & 111
  General Biology II BIOL 102 & 112
  Upper-level Biology One or more 200-level or 300-level courses
Chemistry Chemical Structure & Properties w/lab CHEM 160 & 161
  Chemical Reactivity I w/lab CHEM 180 & 181
  Chemical Reactivity II w/lab CHEM 240 & 241
  Quantitative Methods in Chemistry w/lab CHEM 260 & 261
Physics Physics I

PHYS 111 & 111L or PHYS 125 & 125L

  Physics II

PHYS 112 & 112L or PHYS 126 & 126L

Math Calculus

MATH 131 or 161

  Statistics STAT 103 or STAT 203 or PSYC 304 or STAT 335
English Composition Freshman Composition UCWR 110
  Upper Level Composition Course

One Writing Intensive Course

Psychology General Psychology PSYC 101
Social & Behavioral Science Psychology, Sociology. or Anthropology One to two courses in addition to General Psychology requirement

Occasionally required courses include (but are not limited to):
Microbiology, Biochemistry