Summary Prerequisite Comparison for Five Professions

(See a detailed list of courses and application guide by profession)

 

CSUS Courses     
Semester Units
Medicine (MD / OD)
Dentistry
Optometry
Physician Assistant
Pharmacy
Intro Biology BIO 1 & 2
8 or more
(most)
8
(most)
8

0-8
(highly variable)

8-12
Inorganic Chemistry CHEM 1A & 1B
8
8
(most)
4-8
(varies)

 0-8
(highly variable)

8
Organic Chemistry
CHEM 24, 25 & 124
8 w/ lab (most)
8 w/ lab (most)
4-8
(varies)

 0
(but some include as a topic in a 1 year course)

8 w/ lab
    Biochemistry 
     CHEM 161
3
(required or strongly recommended)
0-3
(most require at least one course)
3-4
(varies)
3
(most strongly recommend 1 upper division course)
3-6
(highly variable)
Physics PHYS 5A & 5B 8 8 8 0-8
(most in CA do not require)
8
Calculus 
MATH 26A & 26B
1 year
(most require or strongly recommend)
0-1 year
(most out of state schools require 1 year)
1 semester
(most)

0
(intermediate Algebra required;
Calculus recommended)

6-8
(most)
Statistics
STAT 1
0-1 semester
(a few out of state schools require statistics)
1 semester (most) 1 semester (most require or strongly recommend) 0-1 semester
(varies)
0-1
(a few require 1 semester)
  • Intended as a general comparison across professions.
  • Prerequisites are set by individual schools and do vary
    • see Assist.org for specific CA professional school prerequisites
    • see the department web site of each prospective professional school