Premedical requirement - admission requirements

Physicians should have a broad college level education in the natural, social, and behavioral sciences and the humanities. We require the MCAT and three years (90 semester hours or 135 quarter hours) in an accredited college or university that include the specific requirements listed below.

Required college-level courses (verified by AMCAS):

  • Biological Sciences: 1 year
  • Chemistry, general and organic sequence: 2 years
  • Physics: 1 year

Technical, Non-Academic Standards are also required. Please click here for more information.

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Non-Academic standards
The selection process

In considering applications for admission, the admissions committee looks at an  applicant's scholastic record; new Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) results;  reports from teachers, advisers and interviewers regarding intellectual capability,  motivation, emotional stability and personal dedication; and the applicant's awareness of  the scientific, organizational, social and economic problems facing modern medicine.  Selection criteria include academic credentials; personal traits including character,  motivation, capacity for work; experiences in the health sciences, human services, or  community; career objectives; and the individual's ability to make a positive contribution  to society, the profession, the discipline, and the school.

UC Davis School of Medicine gives preference to California residents and to applicants  who are United States citizens or permanent residents.

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Computer requirements

The UC Davis School of Medicine maintains the same computer ownership expectations and requirements as the Davis campus.  More information regarding these requirements and expectations can be found at the following Web site: Student Computer Ownership: