UA College of Medicine-Tucson Prerequisites

Following are courses RECOMMENDED for students applying to start med school in 2019 OR 2020 and REQUIRED for students planning to start med school in 2021 and later:

Please note** Specific courses listed below this table are accepted by COM-T but are not limited to these courses.  Additional courses will be added as we learn of them.  Also, using one course to fulfill more than one of these requirements is PROHIBITED.  Students are advised to speak with pre-health advisors about which courses at UA will fulfill these requirements.

Physiology 2 semesters or 3 quarters Labs recommended when applicable 
Biochemistry (or 1 semester Biochemistry/1 semester of Genetics) 2 semesters or 3 quarters Labs recommended when applicable
upper-division Molecular Biology (or Nucleic Acids) 1 semester or 2 quarters Labs recommended when applicable
Social & Behavioral Sciences (e.g. Psychology, Sociology, Public Health) 1 semester or 2 quarters Labs recommended when applicable
Statistics (Biostatistics recommended) 1 semester or 2 quarters Labs recommended when applicable
upper-division of one of the following: Cell Biology, Histology, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Pathology, or Immunobiology 1 semester or 2 quarters Labs recommended when applicable 
English (or other writing intensive course) 2 semesters or 3 quarters --
Recommended # of Quarters/Semesters Additional Recommendations
Second Language -- Conversational proficiency recommended

EXPLANATION and Acceptable Courses at UA:

***Note: Using one course to fulfill two requirements is generally not acceptable, although exceptions MAY be made in rare cases.

For the Statistics Requirement:

Any course with "Statistics" in the Title, Including/As Well As:

  • MATH 263 - Biostatistics
  • BIOS 376 - Introduction to Biostatistics
  • ECOL 379 - Evidence-Based Medicine
  • BME 376 - (Open to BME Students only)

For the Required 2 Physiology Courses:

  • Any two courses from "PSIO" department are accepted
  • BIO 201 and 202 courses from Arizona Community Colleges are accepted for this requirement as well
  • NSCS/NROS 307 - Cellular Neurophysiology
  • NSCS/NROS 418 - Fundamental Principles in Systems Neuroscience

For Biochemistry or Biochemistry/Genetics Requirement:

  • BIOC 384 and 385 (BIOC majors have other options)
  • One of the BIOC courses and one of the following:
    • ECOL 320 - Genetics
    • MCB 301 - Molecular Basis of Life
    • MCB 304 - Molecular Genetics
    • MIC 428R - Microbial Genetics
    • NROS 430 - Neurogenetics
    • NSCS 440, Mechanisms of Neural Development
    • PCOL 473 - Pharmacogenomics
    • PLS 312 (cross listed with ACBS, ANS, VSC) - Animal and Plant Genetics

For Upper Division Molecular Biology or Nucleic Acids:

  • Any 300-400 level MCB course, EXCEPT MCB 404 or any independent study, internship or preceptorship class (393, 396, etc)
  • NSCS/NROS 310 - Molecular and Cellular Biology of Neurons (can be used for this or the following category)
  • NROS 412, Molecular Mechanisms of learning and Memory
  • BME 486 - (Open to BME Students only)

For Upper Division Cell Biology, Histology, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Pathology, or Immunobiology (List to be modified as additional courses are approved):

  • BME 481b - (Open to BME Students only)
  • CMM 404 - Cell Biology of Disease
  • CMM 410 - Human Histology
  • CMM 425A Functional Human Histology
  • MCB 305 - Cell and Developmental Biology
  • MCB 410 - Cell Biology
  • MIC 419 (cross listed with ACBS, MICR, VSC) - Immunology
  • MIC 432 (cross listed with ACBS, ENTO, MCB) - Comparative Immunology
  • NROS 310 - Molecular and Cellular Biology of Neurons
  • PCOL 406 - Comprehensive Human Pharmacology
  • PHCL 412 - Introduction to Pharmacology
  • PHCL 442 - Human Performance Pharmacology
  • PSIO 303 - Integrative Cellular Physiology
  • PSIO 431 - Physiology of the Immune System
  • PSY 313 - Drugs and the Brain
  • PSY 485 - Psychoneuroimmunology