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Pre-Medical Pathway

Pre-medical students have the opportunity to choose almost any major as long as specific prerequisite courses are completed in the process. Since a large number of these courses lie in the areas of math and science, it is usually more expedient to choose majors accordingly, with Chemistry or Biology as the most common.

While coursework and GPA are obviously of great importance, the successful applicant will also have to furnish references, perform well on the MCAT, and demonstrate an involvement in extracurricular activities on campus and in the community. Anything a student can use to strengthen his or her application package will aid in this competitive process. At Georgia Southwestern, we will supply the academic opportunity and guidance, but student success depends solely on individual commitment to a career goal.

Suggested Majors

Biology

Chemistry

Exercise Science

Program Requirements

Georgia Southwestern's pre-med pathway is a series of courses that satisfy the prerequisites for admission to a medical school and typically include a strong background in the sciences and mathematics as well as varied courses in the arts and humanities. Upon completion, students may apply to a medical school to complete the Doctor of Medicine Degree. 

Typically the requirements for entrance into medical school include:

  • a year of general inorganic chemistry with lab
  • a year of biology with lab
  • a year of organic chemistry with lab
  • a year of physics with lab
  • a year of mathematics

On top of these requirements it is strongly recommended that students complete additional coursework in biology and chemistry which will aid them on the MCAT and in their first year of medical school. Typical coursework is selected from offerings such as Biochemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, Cell and Molecular Biology, and others, with the object of developing a stronger background of knowledge.

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Undergraduate Major

Pre-Medical Pathway

Science Building
Anh-Hue Tue, Pathway Advisor

229-931-2360
anh-hue.tu@gsw.edu

Additional Resources


MCAT Entrance Exam
The Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®) is a computer-based standardized examination for prospective medical students.
MCAT Information

Medical Program Information

A common misleading notion is that to be accepted to a medical school it is necessary to major in Chemistry or Biology. In most cases a student has the opportunity to choose almost any major, as long as specific prerequisite courses are completed in the process. Since a large number of these courses lie in the areas of math and science it is usually more expedient to choose majors accordingly, with Chemistry or Biology the most common. 

Because GSW is a relatively small school, teachers are able to give more time and attention to each student, which has greatly supplemented my education and experience. Before I attended GSW, I heard many health professionals speak highly of the biology department here, and I wanted to be in a reputable program that challenged me.

Lanie Bradford Biology, Pre-Medical Pathway
Colquitt, Georgia