Students who wish to prepare for any of the medical science professions (medicine, dentistry, osteopathy, podiatry, optometry, veterinary medicine) may do so at Ithaca College in a variety of ways. No specific major is required to prepare for the above professions, but the following minimum requirements apply to each of these:

1 year Biology (with lab)

  • BIOL-12100, -12200 Principles of Biology or BIOL-11900, -12000 Fundamentals of Biology

1 year General Chemistry (with lab)

  • CHEM-12100 Principles of Chemistry, CHEM 12400 Experimental Chemistry I,  and CHEM 23200 Quantitative Chemistry 

1 year Organic Chemistry (with lab) 

  • CHEM 22100 Organic I, CHEM 22200 Organic II and CHEM 225 Experimental Chemistry II

1 year Physics (with lab) 

  • PHYS 10100, -10200 Introduction to Physics or PHYS 11700, -11800 Principles of Physics

2 semesters English or Writing


Courses recommended but not required by the professional schools vary but include advanced courses in biology, chemistry, physics and math. In any event, all such course work is available at the college. Students interested in any of the medical sciences should inform their academic advisor during their freshman year. This will ensure that their academic program is planned in such a way as to meet all requirements for professional school by the end of their junior year. For those deciding late to enter one of the professions, applications (with completion of the required courses) must be made one year before planning to enter.


  • Physiology, Developmental Biology, Microbiology, Neurobiology, Parasitology, Endocrinology

Coursework needed for the MCAT (Medical School Admissions Test):

  • Biochemistry (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)
  • Biology, Chemistry and Physics (see above)
  • Statistics
  • Psychology (General or Developmental Psych)
  • Sociology (Intro to Sociology)

Graduates of Ithaca College have entered into various medical professional schools and are now in practice. Criteria for entrance into any of these fields are constantly changing. The chances of a student being accepted in any of the medical professions vary with the year. The chair of the Health Professions Advisory Committee may be consulted for the current criteria and acceptance rates.