UA College of Medicine-Tucson Prerequisites


Following are courses RECOMMENDED for students applying to start med school in 2019 OR 2020 and REQUIRED for students planning to start med school in 2021 and later:

Please note** Specific courses listed below this table are accepted by COM-T but are not limited to these courses.  Additional courses will be added as we learn of them.  Also, using one course to fulfill more than one of these requirements is PROHIBITED.  Students are advised to speak with pre-health advisors about which courses at UA will fulfill these requirements.

Physiology 2 semesters or 3 quarters Labs recommended when applicable 
Biochemistry (or 1 semester Biochemistry/1 semester of Genetics) 2 semesters or 3 quarters Labs recommended when applicable
upper-division Molecular Biology (or Nucleic Acids) 1 semester or 2 quarters Labs recommended when applicable
Social & Behavioral Sciences (e.g. Psychology, Sociology, Public Health) 1 semester or 2 quarters Labs recommended when applicable
Statistics (Biostatistics recommended) 1 semester or 2 quarters Labs recommended when applicable
upper-division of one of the following: Cell Biology, Histology, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Pathology, or Immunobiology 1 semester or 2 quarters Labs recommended when applicable 
English (or other writing intensive course) 2 semesters or 3 quarters --
Recommended # of Quarters/Semesters Additional Recommendations
Second Language -- Conversational proficiency recommended

EXPLANATION and Acceptable Courses at UA:

***Note: Using one course to fulfill two requirements is generally not acceptable, although exceptions MAY be made in rare cases.

Any course with "Statistics" in the Title, Including/As Well As:

  • MATH 263 - Biostatistics
  • BIOS 376 - Introduction to Biostatistics
  • ECOL 379 - Evidence-Based Medicine
  • BME 376 - (Open to BME Students only)
  • Any two courses from "PSIO" department are accepted
  • BIO 201 and 202 courses from Arizona Community Colleges are accepted for this requirement as well
  • NSCS/NROS 307 - Cellular Neurophysiology
  • NSCS/NROS 418 - Fundamental Principles in Systems Neuroscience
  • See more detail on this requirement from August 2019 from the UA Physiology Department in the attachment on the bottom of the page (contact the UA Physiology Department with further questions).
  • BIOC 384 and 385 (BIOC majors have other options)


  • BIOC 384 or 385 and one of the following:
    • ECOL 223 - Human Genetics & Evolution (though accepted, a 300-400 level genetics course may be better preparation for medical school)
    • ECOL 320 - Genetics
    • MCB 301 - Molecular Basis of Life
    • MCB 304 - Molecular Genetics
    • MIC 428R - Microbial Genetics
    • NROS 430 - Neurogenetics
    • NSCS 440, Mechanisms of Neural Development
    • PCOL 473 - Pharmacogenomics
    • PLS 312 (cross listed with ACBS, ANS, VSC) - Animal and Plant Genetics
  • Any 300-400 level MCB course, EXCEPT MCB 404 or any independent study, internship or preceptorship class (393, 396, etc)
  • BIOC 466 - Biochemistry of Nucleic Acids (not offered after spring semester 2020)
  • NSCS/NROS 310 - Molecular and Cellular Biology of Neurons (can be used for this or the following category)
  • NROS 412, Molecular Mechanisms of learning and Memory
  • BME 486 - (Open to BME Students only)

NOTE: Upper-division MCB courses may be cross-listed in other departments and these courses are accepted by UA COMT, but taking the course with an MCB prefix is a little easier for those reviewing transcripts. Refer to the catalog to review whether a course is cross-listed.

NOTE: If you are not an MCB major, contact the advisors for MCB for support enrolling in an upper-division MCB course for which you meet the prerequisites

NOTE: Courses in this category must be 3 or more units, including

  • BME 481b - (Open to BME Students only)
  • CHEE 477R - Microbiology for Engineers (may be restricted)
  • CMM 404 - Cell Biology of Disease
  • CMM 410 - Human Histology
  • CMM 425A - Functional Human Histology
  • IMB 401 - Medical Microbiology and Immunology
  • MCB 305 - Cell and Developmental Biology
  • MCB 410 - Cell Biology
  • MIC 419 (cross listed with ACBS, MICR, VSC) - Immunology
  • MIC 428R - Microbial Genetics
  • MIC 432 (cross listed with ACBS, ENTO, MCB) - Comparative Immunology
  • NROS 310 - Molecular and Cellular Biology of Neurons
  • PCOL 406 - Comprehensive Human Pharmacology
  • PHCL 412 - Introduction to Pharmacology
  • PHCL 442 - Human Performance Pharmacology
  • PSIO 303 - Integrative Cellular Physiology
  • PSIO 431 - Physiology of the Immune System
  • PSY 313 - Drugs and the Brain
  • PSY 485 - Psychoneuroimmunology