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Medical courses for undergraduate students are typically part of pre-medical degree programs, which require several science classes as a foundation for more advanced medical classes offered in graduate school. Keep reading to get some essential details for undergraduates seeking medical courses, and get some course descriptions of required classes.
Students considering applying to medical school will need to have certain required science courses completed. However, medical schools look favorably upon students who pursue majors other than the sciences; they are looking for well-rounded individuals with a strong academic grounding in the sciences. Below are science and math courses required by most medical schools; classes in English, social sciences and the humanities are usually required as well.
Here are some common concepts taught in undergraduate medical courses:
This course introduces the fundamental principles of modern inorganic chemistry including the atomic and molecular structure of substances. Topics include the periodic table of the elements, chemical reactivity, kinetics, chemical bonding and equilibria. Students also explore acids and bases, states of matter and stoichiometry. This course has a corresponding required laboratory unit.
Students are introduced to synthetic and physical organic chemistry, stereochemistry, spectroscopy and nomenclature (terminology of chemical compounds). Topics include reaction mechanisms, bonding and synthesis of elements and compounds. A lab unit is attached to the course.
This lecture and lab course covers fundamental topics in classical and modern physics, including electricity and magnetism, atomic and nuclear physics, mechanics, light, heat, electricity, conservation laws and transformations. Also covered are impulse and momentum, kinematics, linear and rotational motion, energy and fluids. Topics in electromagnetism include electric and magnetic forces and fields, motors, magnetic induction and DC electric circuits.
Students study basic biological concepts at the cellular and molecular levels of an organism. Coursework covers the structure of both plants and animals and addresses the diversity of life forms. Cell structure, heredity and evolution are major topics covered. Classical and molecular genetics and metabolism may be included. A lab is part of this course.
Coursework begins with a review of algebra and polynomials as well as exponential, trigonometric and logarithmic functions. Also covered are derivatives, limits and integration. Coursework may be applied to business and social science problems and to issues involving the medical fields. This course also includes a lab.