Prerequisite Coursework

Important note on the Georgia Tech Grade Forgiveness Policy: While GT has a grade substitution/forgiveness policy, all student pursuing careers in the health professions must be aware that professional schools and application services to these programs will require that ALL grades are reported regardless of GT policy.  Professional schools, through their Central Application Service (CAS)  will average in the original grade and create a new recalculated GPA as part of their application process.

Health professional programs will be looking for a minimum set of courses to be completed in order to be eligible to apply and matriculation into their program.  At Georgia Tech there is not a Pre-Med or Pre-Health major, but some majors may have a pre-health track that incorporated some/most of the pre-health prerequisites into their major. The list below covers the most common prerequisite course for medical school and other health professional programs. Students will be expected to research professional schools of particular interest in their second and third years to identify any additional requirements for a particular school, beyond this core set of course. It is the students responsibility to confirm if a school will accept an application without having completed that school’s prerequisites.

Requirement for Professional School Admission or Test Prep** Course Number Course Name Pre-Requisite

MATH 1551

MATH 1552 or 1555

MATH 1553 or 1554 or 1564

Differential Calculus

Integral Calculus or

Intro to Linear Algebra or Linear Algebra or Lin Algebra with Abstract Vector Spaces


MATH 1551


Numbers vary—use your major’s statistics course if one is required.

Biology majors should take BIOS 4401.

Biology with Lab

BIOS 1107 (with BIOS 1107L) or BIOS 1207 (with BIOS 1207L)***

BIOS 1108 (with BIOS 1108L) or BIOS 1208 (with BIOS 1208L)***

Biological Principles

Intro to Organismal Biology



Chemistry with Lab

CHEM 1211

CHEM 1212

Chemical Principles I

Chemical Principles II


CHEM 1211 or CHEM 1310

Organic Chemistry


with Lab

CHEM 2311

CHEM 2312 or 2313

CHEM 2380 (lab component for Org)

Organic Chemistry I

Organic Chemistry II/ Bio-organic Chemistry

Synthesis Laboratory

CHEM 1212

CHEM 2311

CHEM 2311


CHEM 3511


CHEM 4511 and 4512


CHEM 3521 and 3522


Survey of Biochemistry


Biochemistry I and Biochemistry II

CHEM 2312/2313


CHEM 2312/2313

Physics with Lab

PHYS 2211****

PHYS 2212****

Intro to Physics I

Intro to Physics II (IPLS accepted)

MATH 1552 pre- or co-req

PHYS 2211 (Classical or Modern)

English Composition

ENGL 1101

ENGL 1102

English Composition I

English Composition II


ENGL 1101

For MCAT Preparation      
Psychology PSYC 1101 General Psychology None
Sociology SOC 1101 Introduction to Sociology None

*Requirements will vary by school and program.  Double-check the specific requirements of programs you are considering as soon as possible.

**Check with individual schools about policies related to Advanced Placement (AP) credit.

***BIOS 1207 and BIOS 1208 will satisfy the Biology requirement. BMED 3100 Systems Physiology and BMED 3600 Physiology of Cellular & Molecular Systems satisfy the Biology requirement. Note: BMED 3110 and 3610 are the corresponding lab courses that are also required in order to satisfy the full year of biology with lab requirement.

****Physics is not necessary before the DAT for pre-dental students.  Check with your academic advisor to see if you are eligible for the special Physics II for Bio-sciences section.  Physics classical, modern, and bio-science sections will ALL satisfy medical admission requirements and MCAT preparation expectations.