Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Information

The curricula in the Department of Biological Sciences (Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, and Microbiology) include all of the courses required for entrance into most medical/dental schools.  See examples in the tables below! Beyond our core courses, we offer a variety of options for students to pursue their interests in biology, prepare for professional school and demonstrate their ability to do well in challenging science courses.

Between 155 and 175 LSU graduates were admitted annually to medical schools in the U.S. over the last four years. More than 80% of these LSU graduates earned degrees in the Department of Biological Sciences. Students from the College of Science have a success rate above the national average in being admitted to medical schools.

The counselors in the College of Science are the primary premedical/predental advisors at LSU. Besides advising students, the College of Science links a great deal of useful information on their web page that you will find helpful if you are interested in a career in medicine or dentistry.  To view the webpage, click HERE.

A wealth of information and support can be found at AED, a pre-professional health, honor society at LSU. AED holds meetings every two weeks designed to expose students to career options within the health care field. To view the AED website, click HERE.

Other pre-health student groups include the Pre-Dental Society (http://lsupredental.com/), the Pre-Optometry Association (https://lsu.campuslabs.com/engage/organization/POA), the Student Christian Medical Association (https://scmalsu.wordpress.com/), Global Brigades Medical/Dental Chapter at LSU (http://www.geauxgblsu.org/) and the Minority Science Pre-Professional Society (MSPPS) (http://lsumspps.wixsite.com/mspps/about-us).

 

Required

Requirement Course Title Course Numbers
8 hours of General Biology with lab Biology for Science Majors I and II (Lectures and Labs) BIOL 1201 and BIOL 1208
BIOL 1202 and BIOL 1209
8 hours of General/Inorganic Chemisty with lab General Chemistry I and II (Lectures and Labs) CHEM 1201, CHEM 1202, CHEM 1212 
8 hours of Organic Chemistry with lab Organic Chemistry (Lectures and Labs) CHEM 2261, CHEM 2262, CHEM 2364
8 hours General Physics with lab General Physics I and II (Lectures and Labs) PHYS 2001 and PHYS 2108; PHYS 2002 and PHYS 2109
3 hours of Biochemistry Basic Biochemistry or General Biochemistry I  BIOL 4087 or BIOL 4093
6 hours English English Composition I and II ENGL 1001, ENGL 2000
3 hour Statistics Introduction to Statistical Analysis EXST 2201

 

Recommended

Recommendation Course Title Course Numbers
Cell Biology Cell Biology BIOL 3090
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy Comparative Anatomy of the Vertebrates BIOL 3152
Embryology (Developmental Biology) Developmental Zoology BIOL 3156
Histology Histology BIOL 4104
Microbiology

General Microbiology

Advanced Microbiology Lab

BIOL 2051

BIOL 3116

Molecular Genetics

Principles of Genetics

Eukaryotic Molecular Genetics

Microbial Genetics

Molecular Genetics Lab

Human Molecular Genetics

BIOL 2153

BIOL 4132

BIOL 4246

BIOL 4400

BIOL 4753

 

Required

Requirement Course Title Course Numbers
12 hours of Biological Sciences

Biology for Science Majors I and II (Lectures and Labs)

Other BIOL required and elective courses (see below)

BIOL 1201 and BIOL 1208
BIOL 1202 and BIOL 1209
12 hours of Chemistry (including 3 hours of Biochemistry lecture)

General Chemistry I and II (Lectures and Labs)

Organic Chemistry (Lectures and Labs)

Basic Biochemistry and General Biochemistry I

CHEM 1201, CHEM 1202

CHEM 1212

CHEM 2261, CHEM 2262, CHEM 2364

BIOL 4087 or BIOL 4093 

6 hours of English English Composition I and II ENGL 1001, ENGL 2000
12 hours of Humanities

English Literature (2 courses)
Foreign Language (2 courses)

ENGL 200+; Any foreign language sequence

 

Recommended

Recommendation Course Title Course Numbers
Cell Biology Cell Biology BIOL 3090
Developmental Biology Developmental Zoology BIOL 3156
Histology Histology BIOL 4104
Microbiology

General Microbiology

Advanced Microbiology Lab

BIOL 2051

BIOL 3116

Molecular Genetics

Principles of Genetics

Eukaryotic Molecular Genetics

Microbial Genetics

Molecular Genetics Lab

Human Molecular Genetics

BIOL 2153

BIOL 4132

BIOL 4246

BIOL 4400

BIOL 4753

Immunology

Immunology

BIOL 4123

Neuroscience

Endocrinology

Neurbiology

BIOL 4158

BIOL 4177

Physiology

Vertebrate Physiology

Vertebrate Physiology Lab

Comparative Animal Physiology 

BIOL 4160

BIOL 4161

BIOL 4170