Planning a course schedule



The first thing to consider is when you plan to begin medical school - immediately after graduating from Connecticut College or a year or more later? Both options are perfectly acceptable to medical schools.

Individuals planning to enter medical school in the fall after they graduate should complete all the required courses by the end of their junior year. Because four year-long course sequences are required, it is necessary to take two together one year or go to summer school. Students who do not plan to begin medical school immediately following graduation will have more flexibility.

Several possible course sequences are as follows:

 

   

Fall

 Spring

 
I. 1st year Biology 106
Chemistry 103 or 107
Biology 105
Chemistry 104 or 202
 
  2nd year Chemistry 223
Mathematics 111 or 112
Chemistry 224
Mathematics 107 or 113 or PSY 201 or Com 110
 
  3rd year Physics 107 Physics 108
 
This program is recommended for students who have a strong science background and are strongly motivated for a career in medicine or other health-related sciences. Taking both chemistry and biology in the freshman year also helps potential majors in biochemistry, chemistry, and biology avoid an especially heavy load in their junior year.




For students who are less certain of their interest in the health sciences and who want to keep their options open, one of the following sequences might be considered:

    FallSpring
 
II. 1st year Chemistry 103 or 107
Mathematics 111 or 112
Chemistry 104 or 202
Mathematics 107, 113 or 206 or PSY 201 or Com 110
 
  2nd year Biology 106
Chemistry 223
Biology 105
Chemistry 224
 
  3rd year Physics 107 Physics 108
 
    FallSpring
 
III. 1st year Mathematics 111 or 112
Biology 106
Mathematics 107 or 113 or PSY 201
Biology 105
 
  2nd year Chemistry 103 or 107
Physics 107
Chemistry 104 or 202
Physics 108
 
  3rd year Chemistry 223 Chemistry 224
 
 
    FallSpring
 
IV. 1st year Physics 107 or 109
Mathematics 111 or 112
Physics 108 or 110
Mathematics 107 or 113 or PSY 201
 
  2nd year Chemistry 103 or 107
Biology 106
Chemistry 104 or 202
Biology 105
 
  3rd year Chemistry 223 Chemistry 224
 
 
These sequences provide a somewhat lighter freshman year, but require the student to take chemistry and physics together or biology and chemistry together while also starting on their major requirements in the sophomore and junior years.