Allopathic Pre-Medical

Course Requirements

General medical school course requirements in Kentucky include:

  • Two semesters of general biology with laboratories
  • Two semesters of general chemistry with laboratories
  • Two semesters of organic chemistry with laboratories
  • Two semesters of physics with laboratories
  • Two semesters of English (e.g. FYS, FYRS)
  • One semester of biochemistry
  • One year of college level mathematics or one semester of calculus
  • Suggested coursework in the humanities and psychology


First semester

  • CHEM 1055 Principles of Chemistry I
  • MATH 1304 Calculus I
  • FYS 1004 First-Year Seminar

Second semester

  • CHEM 1065 Principles of Chemistry II
  • BIO 1206 Integrated Concepts of Biology: Organisms and Ecosystems
  • FYS 1104 First-Year Research Seminar

Third semester

  • CHEM 2155 Organic Chemistry I
  • BIO 1204 Integrated Concepts of Biology, Molecules and Cells

Fourth semester

  • CHEM 2165 Organic Chemistry II

Fifth semester

  • PHYS 2115 University Physics I
  • CHEM 3084 Biochemistry

Sixth semester

  • PHYS 2125 University Physics II


The MCAT is generally taken in the summer after third year in order to matriculate in the fall following graduation. For this timeline, it is suggested that all required coursework be completed by the end of third year. However, if a student plans on applying after graduation they can adjust their schedule accordingly.

In order to be well prepared for MCAT, we strongly recommend that prospective applicants also complete courses in cell biology, biochemistry, statistics, psychology, and sociology.


Information about medical schoolAssociation of American Medical Colleges

In-state medical schools:
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
University of Louisville School of Medicine