Amherst College has no premedical major. Students interested in careers in medicine may major in any subject, while also completing medical school admission requirements.
Entrance requirements for most medical schools will be satisfied by taking the following courses: MATH 111 or MATH 105 and 106; CHEM 151 or 155, and CHEM 161, 221, 231; PHYS 116 and 117, or PHYS 123 and 124; BIOL 181 and 191, or any two Biology courses with laboratory; CHEM 330 or CHEM 331; and two English courses. Students interested in medicine or other health professions are supported by Dean Richard Aronson, the Health Professions Advisor in the Career Center, and by a faculty Health Professions Committee chaired by Professor William Loinaz.
All students considering careers in medicine should read the Amherst College Guide for Premedical Students which has extensive information about preparation for health careers and suggestions about scheduling course requirements. The guide may be found on the College’s Website under the Loeb Center. Students interested in health professions careers are encouraged to meet with Dean Aronson or Prof. Loinaz, starting in their first year.