Medicine - Programs & Requirements


Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

MDs and DOs typically have a 4 year undergraduate degree and spend about 4 years in medical school. Students apply for a residency after medical school; depending on level of desired specialty, residencies may take 3-7 years.

DOs and MDs use the same tools, treatments, and technologies to practice medicine. Osteopathy uses a holistic approach in working with and diagnosing patients.

Learn more about being a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine.

M.D./Ph.D. Degrees

Students interested in becoming a medical scientist or conducting research can obtain an MD alongside a PhD. Sometimes this option means adding 3-4 years in addition to medical school.

Various Schools in Alabama

Recommended Course & GPA Requirements

A competitive applicant will have a 3.5+ cumulative and science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Math) GPA.

Pre-requisites of the below courses are enforced.

Schools look for these classes:
Hours RequiredCourse NameWhat to Take at UAH
8 hrs General Biology BYS 119 & BYS 120
8 hrs (w/lab) General Chemistry CH 121/125 & CH 123/126
8 hrs (w/lab) General Physics PH (101&102) or PH (111/114 & 112/115)
8 hrs (w/lab) Organic Chemistry Ch 331/335 & CH 332/336
6 hrs Math/Stats MA 171 & MA 281/ST 281
Courses positively adding to your application, but are not required:
CourseWhat to Take at UAH
Social & Behavioral Sciences PY 101 & SOC 100
Physics w/Calc PH (111/114 & 112/115)
Genetics BYS 219
Anatomy & Physiology I & II BYS 313 & 314
Cell & Dev. Biology BYS 300
Microbiology BYS 321/321L
Biochem BYS 361

Biochemistry and social/behavioral sciences are on the MCAT 2015.

There is a lot more to make an application stand out, visit Outside Class to learn more.

The above courses support required and suggested coursework for Alabama schools. The combination of courses are guidelines and specific requirements may differ amongst schools.