Pre-Medical Program

Required Courses

In addition to the requirements for your major you must also complete specific classes required by the medical school(s) to which you wish to apply. The following are courses required or recommended by Loma Linda University Medical School.

Required courses

  • One year of Biological Foundations (BIOL 111-112-113)
  • One year of General Chemistry (CHEM 111-112-113)
  • One year of Organic Chemistry (CHEM 371-372-373)
  • One year of General Physics (PHYS 111-112-113)
  • Biochemistry I (CHEM 381)
  • English and Religion (equivalent to satisfy baccalaureate degree requirement)

Recommended courses

  • Biochemistry II (CHEM 482)
  • Introduction to Statistics (MATH 122)
  • In addition, keyboard and computer skills are considered essential.
  • PUC also recommends you take PSYC 121 General Psychology and SOCI 121 Introduction to Sociology to prepare for the Behavioral Science section of the MCAT.


Because an adequate math background is necessary for successful completion of General Chemistry, you should have completed Algebra I and Algebra II in high school or MATH 106 at PUC. It is recommended that if you lack this level of math for General Chemistry, you complete MATH 106 no later than by the end of the autumn quarter of the year that General Chemistry is taken.

Students who have not completed high school chemistry may wish to consider enrolling in CHEM 101 Introductory Chemistry.

Be sure to attend the general meeting with the Associate Dean for Admissions from Loma Linda University School of Medicine. Information about medicine in general and Loma Linda University School of Medicine in specific is typically given. Plan to come to this meeting with questions. There will be time to speak to the dean personally if you so desire. The general meeting typically occurs in both Fall and Spring quarters.