Pre-medicine students may major in Biology (health track), preferably with a minor in Chemistry. Students in other majors should complete general chemistry and organic chemistry and a year each of biology and physics. Other recommended courses include biochemistry, mathematics, psychology (physiological psychology, sensation, and perception), anatomy and physiology, and microbiology.
Although medical schools require a strong foundation in the sciences, they also look for a broad liberal arts education with highly developed skills in communication, preparation in the humanities and social sciences, and a commitment to community service. Therefore it is possible to be accepted into medical school with any major as long as the science requirements have been fulfilled. Pre-medicine students can choose among a variety of internships, including those with local physicians, hospitals, and medical schools.
Factors taken into account by medical school admissions committees include grade point average, score on the Medical College Admission Test, and record of campus involvement. Generally, the successful medical school applicant has a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or better, and no less than 3.5.