Choose a major of study you are passionate about. Health profession schools are interested in broadly-educated students, which is what Pomona College provides with a liberal arts education. The best prehealth major is the one that reflects your strongest academic interests, rather than one that you think will make you a strong applicant.
*Be sure to check individual school and admissions requirements.
Some schools and programs have additional requirements beyond the basic prerequisites. Here are some examples.
- Organic Chemistry II (2nd semester)
- Upper Level Biology
- Behavioral or Social Sciences and Humanities (e.g. PSYC051, SOC051)
Visit our Handouts & Resources page to download the Chemistry Requirement Sheet of specific medical schools.
|Subject||Duration||Sample Pomona Courses|
|General Biology w/ Lab||1 Year||BIO 40, 41C|
|Chemistry w/Lab||2 Years||CHEM 1A, 1B or 51,110A, 115|
|Physics w/Lab||1 Year||PHYS 41 & 42 for non-majors, or PHYS 70, PHYS71, 72 for majors|
|English/Writing Intensive||.5 - 1 Year||ID1, English|
*Please email or schedule a meeting with the Health Sciences Advisor to discuss your course options.
First-Year Students Course Options for Different Aspiring Majors
|Neuroscience||Chem 1A/51, Bio 40, ID1, Elective||Chem 1B, Bio 41C, Electives|
|Physics & Astronomy||Chem 1A/51, Physics 70, ID 1, Elective||Chem 1B, Physics 71& 72, Electives|
|Math/Computer Science||Chem 1A/51, Math/CS, ID 1, Elective||Chem 1B, Electives|
|Undecided/Social Science/Humanities||Chem 1A/51, ID 1, Social Science, Humanities…||Chem 1B, Language|
1 Glide Year Timeline
*Italic fonts are optional courses.
|First Year||Chem 1A/51, Bio 40, ID1, Elective||Chem 1B, Bio 41C, Electives|
|Sophomore||Chem110A, Physics 41, Electives||Physics 42, OChem 110B, Electives|
|Junior||Chem115, Electives, or Study Abroad||
|Senior||Upper-Level Courses||Upper-Level Courses||Apply|
|Year of Application||Medical School Interview||Medical School Interview||Matriculate to Medical School|
|First Year||Chem 1A/51, Bio 40, ID1, Elective||Chem 1B, Bio 41C, PSY051, Elective|
|Sophomore||Chem110A, Physics 41, Electives||Chem115, Physics 42, Electives||MCAT|
|Junior||Upper Level Courses, MCAT, Or Study Abroad||Study Abroad||Apply|
|Senior||Upper-Level Courses, Medical School Interview||Upper-Level Courses, Medical School Interview||Matriculate to Medical School|
Academic Support Resources
Writing Center: The Pomona College Writing Center offers free, one-on-one consultations to all students enrolled in Pomona College courses. Their service includes all kinds of writing, including academic, creative, professional, and personal, in all stages of development, from brainstorming to the final draft.
Quantitative Skills Center: The QSC is here to help you get a handle on those quantitative methods, concepts, and questions that many Pomona College courses cover. Quantitative skills are not limited to just math and physics. Many courses in biology, chemistry, computer science, psychology, neuroscience, economics, politics, and sociology use quantitative methods (often having to do with statistical data analysis).
Class Dean Contact
Paola Beas, Assistant Dean
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Anthony Ferreria, Assistant Dean of Students
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Junior & Senior Students
Tracy Arwari, Senior Associate Dean of Students
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