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Role of Physicians

Pursuit of Medicine at Clemson

Clemson University prepares students for application to a four-year Doctor of Allopathic Medicine (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree program.

Pre-medicine is not a major. Therefore, you must choose a degree-granting major (and minor, if appropriate). Medical schools do not discriminate among the different disciplines from which you may choose, meaning that you can and should choose the curriculum that interests you most and excel.

What is Considered Competitive?

Admissions criteria vary by institution and should be verified individually. According to AMCAS data, a competitive applicant for admission to MD (allopathic) programs for the fall 2019 class had an average Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.7 and an average MCAT score of 508, as compared to the overall applicant pool, which had an average GPA of 3.55 and MCAT score of 505. According to AACOMAS data, a competitive applicant for admission to DO (osteopathic) programs for the fall 2015 class had an average Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.53 and an average MCAT score of 503, as compared to the overall applicant pool, which had an average GPA of 3.44 and MCAT score of 500.

Core Preparation Courses

      • Introductory Biology BIOL 1030+1050 & BIOL 1040+1060 or BIOL 1100 & BIOL 1110
      • Introductory Chemistry CH 1010 & CH 1020
      • Organic Chemistry CH 2230+2270 & CH 2240+2280
      • Biochemistry BCHM 3010 or 3050
      • Physics PHYS 1220+1240 & PHYS 2210+2230 or PHYS 2070+2090 & PHYS 2080+2100
      • Psychology PSYC 2010
      • Sociology SOC 2010

Additional Recommended Coursework

      • Anatomy and Physiology BIOL 2220 & 2230 or BIOL 3150 & 3160
      • Cell Biology BIOL 4610
      • Genetics GEN 3000 or GEN 3020
      • Microbiology MICR 3050

Note: Requirements vary by institution and should be verified individually.