Prerequisite Courses

The following courses are required for enrollment in UT Southwestern Medical School. We suggest (not required) that students complete all premedical course requirements prior to applying. All requirements must be fulfilled before enrolling into the medical curriculum.

Required courses must be completed at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university. Advanced placement credit is acceptable, if the school granting the credit lists the specific course(s) and number of units granted per course on the official transcript.

Biology

Requirements

  • Two years of courses for science majors
  • One year must include formal laboratory experience
  • A minimum of 14 semester credit hours, eight for year one with lab and six for the remainder; or 12 lecture hours and two lab hours
  • A grade of C or better in all all biology courses applied toward a baccalaureate degree in a traditional science field
  • One semester of biochemistry will be accepted toward fulfilling this requirement. UT Southwestern strongly encourages applicants to take one semester of biochemistry.

Acceptable Courses / Credit

Includes all biology courses applied toward baccalaureate degree in a traditional science field. Includes courses in general biology, zoology, botany, microbiology, genetics, ecology, immunology, parasitology, ornithology, anatomy and physiology, entomology, pathophysiology, marine biology, and herpetology. One semester of biochemistry will be accepted toward fulfillment of this requirement. Courses for non-science majors or courses taught for health career majors (nursing, pharmacy, or allied health sciences) are not accepted.

Chemistry

Requirements

  • One-half year of general (inorganic) chemistry for science majors including corresponding laboratory experience
  • One year of organic chemistry for science majors, including corresponding laboratory experience in both years
  • One-half year of biochemistry
  • Minimum of 15 semester credit hours (four inorganic, eight organic, and three biochemistry)
  • Must earn grades of C or better
  • Must be courses applicable toward a baccalaureate degree in any traditional science field
  • Should include familiarity with analytic and volumetric techniques

Acceptable Courses / Credit

Inorganic courses include: general chemistry, physical chemistry, and quantitative analysis. Organic courses must have "organic" in course title.

Biochemistry may be taught in the biology, biochemistry, or chemistry department. Biochemistry cannot be an introductory course. Courses for non-science majors or health career majors (nursing, pharmacy, or allied health sciences) are not accepted.

English

Requirements

  • One year of college English, minimum of six semester credit hours
  • Must earn grades of C or better 

Acceptable Courses / Credit

Any course approved by English department that fulfills general education English requirement of baccalaureate degree. Remedial or developmental courses or "English as a Second Language" courses are not accepted.

Mathematics

Requirements

  • One-half year of college calculus or statistics, minimum of three semester credit hours
  • Must earn grade of C or better 

Acceptable Courses / Credit

The calculus course can be any calculus taught by a math or physics department. Business calculus or any pre-calculus courses are not accepted. The statistics course must be math based and preferably taught in the math department.

Physics

Requirements

  • One year for science majors, including a full year of corresponding laboratory experience – minimum of eight semester credit hours, including lab
  • Must earn grades of C or better

Acceptable Courses / Credit

Includes all physics courses applied toward baccalaureate degree in any traditional science field. Courses for non-science majors or health career majors (nursing, pharmacy, or allied health sciences) are not accepted.