Undergraduate Course Requirements

To be considered for admission to Baylor College of Medicine, an applicant must have satisfactorily completed no less than 90 undergraduate semester hours (or equivalent number of quarter hours) at a fully accredited college or university in the United States by the time of enrollment in medical school.

The following courses must have been completed satisfactorily (AP courses will not be accepted for the required coursework):

  • Math (3-4 semester hours) - Biostatistics (preferred), but any course with quantitative math. Examples: statistics, physics, calculus
  • Expository Writing (3-4 semester hours)*
  • Humanities-Social/Behavioral Sciences (12 semester hours) Examples: psychology, sociology, anthropology, foreign languages, ethics, philosophy, theology, literature, art history
  • Organic Chemistry (2 semesters; 6-8 semester hours) - lab is NOT required
  • Biochemistry (3-4 semester hours) - lab is NOT required
  • Advanced Biology (3-4 semester hours) - lab is NOT required. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: genetics, cell/molecular biology
  • RECOMMENDED: Spanish

All applicants are advised to meet with their Pre-Health Advisor to ensure that pre-requisites are met.   A helpful course classification guide is available on the AAMC website as well.

*The expository writing requirement may be accomplished through coursework in a number of disciplines that require intensive writing. Examples include formal courses in English, Philosophy, History, Public Policy, Political Science, or Religion. This requirement also may be accomplished through an Honors Thesis, writing intensive upper division science course, or completion of a major research paper.