Office of Admissions

Prerequisite Courses

  • Prerequisite Course Guide - Review this document to determine which courses at your institution will fulfill out prerequisite course requirements. Note: not all schools are listed.
  • To access USF’s Course Inventory click here. You may find it helpful to review USF’s course descriptions for the prerequisites listed below.   
  • If after reviewing our Prerequisite Guide and confirming that a course you have taken OR plan to take is not listed as an approved course, please fill out the Course Equivalency Inquiry Form. Please do not email the Office of Admissions to find out if a course will fulfill our prerequisite requirement.
Courses Credits
Biochemistry (upper division) 3
Calculus 3
Cell or Molecular Biology (upper division) 3
Economics (micro or macro) 3
English 3
General Biology with labs 8
General Chemistry with labs 8
General Psychology or Sociology 3
Genetics 3
Human Anatomy and Physiology(with labs preferred) 8
Humanities and Arts AND/OR Social Science (one course must be related to diversity and culture and/or social and ethical issues) 9
Microbiology 3
Organic Chemistry with labs 8
Physics 4
Statistics 3
Total 72

 

  • All coursework (including online courses) must be taken at a 2 or 4-year regionally accredited institution within the US.
  • Courses must be completed regardless of previous degrees earned.
  • Courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.
  • If accepted into the Class of 2024, the deadline by when missing prerequisites must be completed is July 24, 2020. 
  • AP and IB test scores may be used in lieu of coursework to fulfill prerequisites. AP coursework is accepted with a score of 3 or higher. IB coursework is accepted with a score of 4 or higher. Credit toward prerequisites is awarded if your AP test score (3, 4, or higher) or IB test score (4, 5, or higher) is reported on your official transcript. DO NOT submit AP or IB test scores as part of the application process. Admitted students will be provided with specific information about submitting score reports to the Office of Admissions. 
  • Gordon rule courses will not meet the English prerequisite requirement; English courses must be taken with the English Department at or above the level of English Composition or English Literature (ESL courses will not be accepted).
  • Applicants who attend a college on the quarter system should multiply the number of credits by .66 for translation into semester hours. Round partial credits of .5 and above up to the next semester hour; credits at .4 and below are rounded down. 
  • Applicants with a Bachelor's degree at time of application (this does not include applicants who anticipate a Bachelor's degree at time of matriculation):  
    • You are NOT required to fulfill the Economics prerequisite course requirement. It is preferred that you have taken this course, but not required for applicants with a Bachelor's degree.
    • You only need to complete 6 credit hours (vs 9 credit hours) of Humanities and Arts AND/OR Behavior and Social Sciences.

 

Outdated coursework? Completion of prerequisite coursework will be critically reviewed by the Admissions Committee. The date when prerequisite courses were completed, particularly math and/or science coursework, as well as the grade earned in all prerequisite courses will be reviewed. Upon transcript review, you may be advised to retake a course(s) completed five or more years ago.