Premedicine is not a major. Students major in an engineering undergraduate program and take the required premedicine courses in order to qualify for medical school admission.
American medical schools require a four-year undergraduate degree that generally include:
1 year of calculus
1 year of physics with laboratory
1 year of biology with laboratory
1 year of chemistry with laboratory
1 year of organic chemistry with laboratory
1 semester of biochemistry
1 semester of psychology
1 semester of social/behavioral science
Individual schools may have additional requirements. Check the specific requirements of the institutions where you plan to apply.
Suggested course sequence
Some courses may be shifted from the first-year to sophomore or sophomore to junior years. Also, courses, such as Organic Chemistry, can be taken in the summer. Chem, Bio and Physics courses shown are only offered in the semesters shown above.
Medical school application timeline
Register with Assistant Dean Ron Laue
Perform volunteer work/extracurricular activities during first-year and sophomore years
Arrange for 3 letters of recommendation–5 if you are applying MD/PhD–before the end of the spring semester
Complete secondary applications during late summer/early fall
EPC uploads the letters of recommendation to AMCAS
Medical school interviews occur in fall and early winter
Offers made beginning October 1 and until early-to-mid-spring (sometimes late summer)
Letters of Recommendation
Start right away and request 3 letters of recommendation and 5 letters of recommendation if you are applying MD/PhD before the end of the spring semester.
At least one must be from a WashU recommender. Carefully read the instructions from the schools you are applying to as some require letters from certain types of faculty. When contacting recommenders, you should:
provide all recommenders with a resume
provide a transcript, if requested
call to schedule an interview at a time that is convenient for the recommender