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Update on the Chemistry for the Life Sciences Sequence

After conducting extensive outreach to health programs across the country, the College of Biological Sciences has received positive feedback on its curriculum and its relevance to their health professions. Below, you will find summaries of information gathered from different health programs by the College of Biological Sciences. Please use the information provided as a starting point, and for the most up to date prerequisite admission requirements, please contact individual schools directly.*

  • Medical Schools

    The most common medical schools CBS Students apply to and matriculate to accept the Chemistry for the Life Sciences sequence to fulfill their prerequisites for admission. For a listing of information about specific medical schools, please review this spreadsheet.

  • Dental Schools

    Many dental schools across the country accept the sequence to fulfill admission prerequisites. A few institutions have asked students to take an additional chemistry course to meet their chemistry credit requirements. In these situations, the additional course does not need to be complete by the time you apply, but by the time you start the program. Students should review policies for each of their prospective programs. For a list of information about specific dental schools, please review this spreadsheet.

  • Pharmacy Schools

    Many pharmacy schools across the country accept the sequence to fulfill admission prerequisites. A few institutions have asked students to take an additional chemistry course to meet their chemistry credit requirements. In these situations, the additional course does not need to be complete by the time you apply, but by the time you start the program. Students should review policies for each of their prospective programs. For a list of information about specific pharmacy schools, please review this spreadsheet.

  • Physician Assistant Programs

    Many physician assistant programs to which CBS students apply accept the Chemistry for the Life Sciences sequence to fulfill their prerequisites for admission. For a listing of information about specific physician assistant programs, please review this spreadsheet.

  • Veterinary Medicine Programs

    Many veterinary medicine programs CBS Students apply to accept the Chemistry for the Life Sciences sequence to fulfill their prerequisites for admission. For a listing of information about specific veterinary medicine programs, please review this spreadsheet.

  • Osteopathic Medicine Programs

    Many osteopathic medicine programs have indicated that the Chemistry for the Life Sciences sequence will fulfill their prerequisites for admission. For a listing of information about specific osteopathic medicine programs, please review this spreadsheet.

  • Genetic Counseling Programs

    Many genetic counseling programs CBS Students apply to accept the Chemistry for the Life Sciences sequence to fulfill their prerequisites for admission. For a listing of information about specific genetic counseling programs, please review this spreadsheet.

  • Optometry Programs

    Many optometry programs CBS Students apply to accept the Chemistry for the Life Sciences sequence to fulfill their prerequisites for admission. For a listing of information about specific optometry programs, please review this spreadsheet.

 

Additional Chemistry Coursework Options

Some health programs have indicated they would like students to complete additional coursework to meet chemistry prerequisites. If you are planning to apply to/attend a program that has requested additional chemistry coursework, below is a list of additional chemistry course options available at the University of Minnesota. We encourage you to consult the spreadsheets above to determine best fit for your prospective programs.

Chemistry 2101: Introductory Analytical Chemistry Lecture (3 credits, lecture)
Methods/concepts of measurement by chemical/instrumental analysis, including titrimetry, quantitative spectrophotometric analysis, chromatographic separations, equilibrium/rate methods.

Chemistry 4411: Introduction to Chemical Biology (3 credits, lecture)
Chemistry of amino acids, peptides, proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, and nucleic acids. Structure, nomenclature, synthesis, reactivity. Techniques to characterize biomolecules.

Chemistry 4601: Green Chemistry (3 credits, lecture)
Survey key aspects of green chemistry in modern research and development both in academia and industry, as well as relevant implications for the environment, technology, and public policy.

 

Application Resources

We encourage you to review the specific admission requirements of your prospective schools. Many institutions have distinct curricula and students are sometimes asked to provide additional information during the application process. If in the process of applying you receive questions from programs, feel free to share the Information for Health Professional Schools site, which contains a letter from Dean Ward, syllabi, and course descriptions. Additional questions from the Health Professional Schools can be directed to the College of Biological Sciences at cbsadv@umn.edu.

For students questions related to pre-health career planning including application support you may contact CBS career coaches Luke Feuling Porter or Rebecca Luebbert by appointment at cbsss.appointments.umn.edu or 612-624-9717.

*The College of Biological Sciences is not responsible for updating and maintaining this information. At any given time, a program may change its prerequisites without prior notification. A student should independently confirm the admissions requirements for each individual health professional school by consulting directly with the health professional school.