Pre-Medicine

Pre-Medicine Concentration

Pre-Medicine Advisement Track

Dual-advising is available to assist students with timely completion of both the primary major coursework and the Pre-Health advisement track coursework as of the date of their matriculation at SUNY Oneonta.

  • Students must declare a primary major and are encouraged to declare their intended Pre-Health Concentration for effective advisement.
  • Consultation with advisors for the primary major and Pre-Health concentration should begin at the time of admission to SUNY Oneonta.

Students can review their individual degree progress via DegreeWorks.

  • The Primary Major Faculty Advisor assists with selection of courses for the Primary Major Requirements.
  • The Pre-Health Advisement Track Advisor guides the student through the Pre-Medicine Concentration, listed below.

Pre-Medicine Concentration Coursework

  • Provides a strong foundation for MCAT preparation
  • Satisfies the course requirements for admission at most United States and Caribbean medical schools.
  • Additional elective courses are recommended but not required, and vary, depending on whether students are applying for admission to Allopathic Medicine (MD) or Osteopathic Medicine (DO) schools.
  • Students must consult SUNY Oneonta's current undergraduate catalog for descriptions of courses, course prerequisites, and time of year when courses are offered in order to plan properly in advance.
  • Students have the responsibility to check entrance requirements for schools to which they intend to apply.
Fall 2020 and Later Matriculants Total 67-75 sh
BIOL 130, 133, 201 and BIOL 131 or 132 11 sh
CHEM 111-112 and 221-322 and 331-322 24 sh
PHYS 103-104 or 203-204 (Note: MATH 223-224 are pre-/co-requisites for PHYS 203-204) 8 sh
MATH 223, 224 (Optional, based on advisement) 0-8 sh
LITR Selections (ANY two Literature courses, broadly defined - can be courses outside of LITR course designation) 6 sh
PHIL selections (two from 101, 102, 103, 206, 211, others based on availability) 6 sh
COMP 100 3 sh
STAT 101 3 sh
PSYC 100 3 sh
SOC 101 3 sh
Fall 2016-2019 Matriculants Total 67-76 sh
BIOL 180, 181, 201 12 sh
CHEM 111-112, 221-322, 331-332 or 331 only or 330 19-24 sh
PHYS 103-104 or 203-204 (Note: MATH 223-224 are pre-/co-requisites for PHYS 203-204) 8 sh
MATH 223 (173), 224 (174); [optional, based on individual advisement] 4-8 sh
LITR Selections (ANY two literature courses, broadly defined - can be outside of LIRT course designations) 6 sh
PHIL Selections (two from 101, 102, 103, 206, 211) 6 sh
COMP 100 3 sh
STAT 101 3 sh
PSYC 100 3 sh
SOC 101 3 sh

Suggested Course Sequencing and Planning for Applying to Medical School

The recommended course sequence is based on a 4-year undergraduate course plan, a student graduating in 4-years, the student taking the MCAT after the 3rd year of college coursework, and applying to medical school prior to starting the 4th year of undergraduate studies.

Many Pre-Medicine students are choosing to take at least one year after they graduate SUNY Oneonta to work in healthcare or pursue other academically or intellectually enriching experiences after they graduate.

In fact, across the United States over 60% of first-time applicants to medical school apply after their senior year or later. Having a “Growth Year” between undergraduate studies and beginning medical school is often beneficial for applicants and does not hurt your chances of admission as long as you continue to strengthen your application. It allows time to gain additional life experiences, continue volunteering or pursue non-academic interests.

If a student wishes to take a "growth year," or takes a different undergraduate path, students will need to adjust the course sequence plan accordingly, based on their personal planning needs. Individual student plans may vary depending on when the student hopes to enter medical school and what major is chosen, therefore each student should work with their Primary Major Advisor and their Pre-Health Concentration Advisor to establish their own personalized schedule.

Year One Courses and Study Hours
FALL
SPRING
BIOL 180 (Biology I) or BIOL 130 & 133 4 sh BIOL 181 (Biology II) or BIOL 131 or 132 3 or 4 sh
CHEM 111 (General Chemistry I) 4 sh CHEM 112 (General Chemistry II) 4 sh
COMP 100 (Composition) 3 sh PSYC 100 (Intro. Psychology) 3 sh
STAT 101 (Intro to Statistics) 3 sh *MATH 105 (as advised) or other course 3 sh
Year Two Courses and Study Hours
FALL
SPRING
CHEM 221 (Organic Chemistry I) 4 sh CHEM 322 (Organic Chemistry II) 4 sh
BIOL 201 (Cell & Molec. Biology) 4 sh LITR selec 3 sh
MATH 223 (173) (Calculus I) [if necessary] 4 sh MATH 224 (174) (Calculus II) [if necessary] 4 sh
PHIL selec 3 sh upper division courses or research or immersion experience or Gen Ed 1-6 sh
Year Three Courses and Study Hours
FALL
SPRING
CHEM 331 (Biochemistry I) 4 sh CHEM 332 (Biochemistry II) 4 sh
PHYS 103 or 203 (General Physics I) 4 sh PHYS 104 or 204 (General Physics II) 4 sh
SOC 101 (Intro. Sociology) 3 sh LITR selec 3 sh
PHIL selec 3 sh upper division courses 3-4 sh
upper division course or research or immersion experience or elective 1-4 sh upper division course or research or immersion experience or elective 1-4 sh
YEAR 4 * additional experiences to enhance undergraduate experience*
FALL
SPRING
electives as advised 3-6 sh electives as advised 3-6 sh
immersion experience 3-6 sh immersion experience 3-6 sh
upper division courses or research 6-9 sh upper division courses or research 6-9 sh

Centralized Application Services

  • Application to allopathic (MD) medical school is made through the centralized application AMCAS, with the application portal opening on May 4, 2020 at 9:30am E.T., and submissions permitted on May 28, 2020 at 9:30am E.T.
  • Application to osteopathic (DO) medical school is made through the centralized application AACOMAS, with the application portal opening on May 5, 2020.

Entrance Exams

Preparation for the MCAT should begin once students choose the medicine career path. MCAT exam dates are announced in early fall.

  • KHAN Academy provides free comprehensive review for all topics on the MCAT

Students frequently seek additional fee-based MCAT test prep, including:

Letters of Recommendation

Students generally request three to six letters of recommendation to be submitted on their behalf for medical school applications. Appropriate recommenders include science faculty, other course instructors, healthcare professionals, current or former employers, and professional references.

Some students may seek a "committee letter" for their medical school application, which requires a very specific application and interview process with the Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC).

Questions regarding the "committee letter" should be directed to the HPAC Chair.

    Pre-Medicine questions should be directed to Tami LaPilusa, M.S., Pre-Health Professions Program Coordinator
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