Degree Option for Pre-Medical Sciences

Neuroscience is an exciting and sought after major for students pursuing careers in medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, etc. It is important to remember that “Pre-Med” is not an academic major in itself, so students need to complete a B.S. or B.A. degree in a designated field of study in addition to completing the course prerequisites of the professional healthcare program they will pursue after graduation.

There are a numerous of reasons why Neuroscience degrees are growing in popularity, and now rank 3rd nationwide, as the science major of choice for Pre-Med students.

“Our most popular majors are more interdisciplinary like neuroscience or medical, health and society, where those majors have pre-med requirements, but also allow the student to understand a broad scope of health care in general," says Michelle Grundy, director of the health professions advising office for Vanderbilt University undergraduates. US News & World Report, F. Powell, March 20, 2017

  • Interdisciplinary Curriculum:  Neuroscience integrates knowledge from biology, chemistry, physics, biochemistry, anatomy and physiology, among others. This interdisciplinary perspective provides an exceptional foundation for all health professions.
  • Overlapping Requirements: Almost all of courses required for UM’s B.S. degree in Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience are the same ones required by medical schools (see below) and other health professions.  This means fewer “extra” courses, saving time and energy.
  • MCAT Preparation: “Behavioral Sciences”, which is a fundamental segment of neuroscience, is now a section on the MCAT exam.  It is also becoming an increasingly important topic in medical education.
  • Research Emphasis: UM’s Neuroscience program embraces the importance of research both in the classroom and in creating hands-on training opportunities in faculty labs.  Such experience is an increasingly critical component in professional program applications.
  • Disease Focus: Students with a vested interest in biomedical sciences and healthcare, find the emphasis on brain injury and disease that runs throughout many neuroscience courses to be both compelling and relevant.

An overlap of the courses typically required for both applying to professional Medical Science programs and those in the Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience major are detailed below


Required Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience Courses

Optional Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience Courses

Premedical Sciences Courses 

Year 1: Required Courses for Premedical Science


  • BIOB 160N/161N: Principles of Living Systems and Lab (4 credits)
  • CHMY 141N/142N: College Chemistry 1 and Lab (5 credits)


  • CHNY 143N/144N: College Chemistry 2 and Lab (5 credits)
  • BIOB 170N/171N: Principles of Biological Diversity and Lab (5 credits)
    (requirement met with BIOB 160N/161N in combinatiion with another BIO course)

Year 2: Required Courses for Premedical Science


  • CHMY 221: Organic Chemisty 1 (3 credits)
  • CHMY 222: Organic Chemisty Lab (2 credits)


  • CHMY 223: Organic Chemistry (2 - 3 credits)
  • CHMY 224: Organic Chemistry Lab (2 credits)

Year 3: Required Courses for Premedical Science


  • PHSX 205N/208N: College Phisics 1 and Lab (5 credits)
  • BCH 480: Advanced Biochemisty (3 credits)


  • PHSX 207N/208N: College Physics and Lab (5 credits)
  • BCH 482: Advances Biochemistry (3 credits)
  • BIOM 360/361: Microbiology

Additional Required Courses for Premedical Sciences

Premedical Curriculum

  • SOCI 101S: Intro to Sciology (3 credits)

CMN Curriculum

  • M 162: Applied Calculus (4 credits)
  • PSYX 100S: Intro to Psychology (4 credits)

Recommended Courses for Premedical Sciences

Premedical Curriculum

  • AHHS 260: PreMed 101: The Science of Health Professions Success (2 credits) 
  • BIOH 370: Human Anatomy & Pyschology 2 for Health Proffesions (4 credits)

CMN Curriculum

  • BIOB 260: Cell and Molecular Biology (4 credits)
  • BIOB 272: Genetics and Evelution (4 credits)
  • STAT 216: Intro to Staistics (4 credits)
  • PSYX 250N: Biological Psychology (3 credits)

Optional CMN Curriculum

  • BIOH 365: Human Anatomy & Physiology 1 for Health Professions (4 credits)