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Coursework Definitions and Policies

Prescribed Coursework Definitions
Biology | Chemistry | Organic Chemistry | Biochemistry | Physics | Statistics | English

Coursework Policies
Pre-Freshmen Coursework (including AP, Dual Credit) | Study Abroad Coursework | Graduate Coursework | Continuing Education Coursework | Foreign Coursework Coursework

Coursework Resources
Coursework Video | Course Listings

 

Prescribed Coursework Definitions

The following is a list of criteria for how courses will be coded during application processing. Applicants may appeal course coding changes made during processing. Learn more about how to submit a course appeal.

 

BIOLOGY 

Includes all Biological Science courses applied toward a baccalaureate degree in traditional science fields. This includes courses where the following subject matter is the main point of focus:

Anatomy & Physiology

Bacteriology

Biophysics

Cellular Biology

Neurobiology

Cellular Physiology

Ecology 

Genetics

General Biology

Neuroscience

Histology

Immunology

Microbiology 

Molecular Biology

Parasitology

 

Pathophysiology

Virology

Zoology

  

If courses are taught in departments other than the Biology/Microbiology department, further review will need to be done to determine whether they fulfill the requirement.  

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CHEMISTRY 

Includes all General Chemistry courses applied toward a Baccalaureate degree in traditional science fields. The following courses will count towards the pre-requisite if taught in the Chemistry department:

Analytical Chemistry

General Chemistry

Inorganic Chemistry

  Physical Chemistry

Qualitative Chemistry

Quantitative Chemistry 

If courses are taught in a department other than Chemistry, further review will need to be done to determine whether they fulfill the requirement.   

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ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
  

Includes all Organic Chemistry courses applied toward a Baccalaureate degree in traditional science fields. The following courses will count towards the pre-requisite if taught in the Chemistry department:

 

Organic Chemistry

Bio-Organic Chemistry

 

If courses are taught in a department other than Chemistry, further review will need to be done to determine whether they fulfill the requirement.   

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BIOCHEMISTRY 

Must be a course that is applied toward a baccalaureate degree in any traditional science field.  Cannot be an introductory course.  The course may be taught in the Biology, Biochemistry or Chemistry department. The following topics must be covered by the course in order for it to be approved:  

  • Carbohydrate metabolism               
  • Amino acid metabolism                 
  • One-carbon metabolism                 
  • Lipid structures and metabolism                      
  • Nucleic acid synthesis  
  • RNA transcription  
  • pH                 
  • Amino acid structure         
  • Protein structure                                              
  • Enzyme kinetics and metabolism  
  • DNA replication               

In general, an appropriate Organic Chemistry course/sequence should be required as a prerequisite/co-requisite for the acceptable biochemistry course.  

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PHYSICS  

Includes all physics courses applied toward a baccalaureate degree in any traditional science field.  Can be algebra-based or calculus-based Physics. If courses are taught in a department other that Physics, further review will need to be done to determine whether they fulfill the requirement.  

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STATISTICS  

Most acceptable statistics courses are taught in the Statistics or Math department of your institution. More important than the department it is taught in, are the contents of the course. The following topics must be covered:

Inferential Statistics

  • Statistics modeling theory and assumptions (parametric and non-parametric)  
  • Population and sampling methods  
  • Inference and Probability  
  • Confidence intervals  
  • Chi-square probability  
  • General linear models (t-test, analysis of variance [ANOVA], Analysis of Covariance [ANCOVA], regression analysis and other multivariate methods)  

Descriptive Statistics 

  • Measures of central tendency  
  • Measures of variability or dispersion  
  • Kurtosis and skewness  
  • Univariate analysis of data  
  • Bivariate analysis of data  
  • Correlation and co-variance 

If courses are taught in a department other that Math or Statistics, further review will need to be done to determine whether they fulfill the requirement.   

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English  

Any course accredited by the English Department that fulfills a general education English requirement of a baccalaureate degree will be accepted. Remedial or developmental courses or "English As a Second Language" courses are not accepted.  

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Coursework Policies

 

Pre-Freshmen Coursework

Advanced Placement (AP): Credit is accepted only if the school granting the credit lists the specific course(s) and number of units granted per course on an official transcript. 

If AP credits appear as lump sum credit on the transcript, a letter from the college or university registrar specifying course equivalency for credit earned will be required in order to receive credit for the courses.  

International Baccalaureate (IB): Accepted only if the school granting the credit lists the specific course(s) and number of units granted per course on an official transcript. 

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Study Abroad Coursework

Acceptable study abroad coursework credit should be listed on the transcript of a U.S. or Canadian institution and should include credit hours and grades.  

If a course breakdown is not listed on the transcript, the applicant is not required to enter the Study Abroad credit, but they will not receive credit for it.  

Study abroad coursework that appears as lump sum credit on the transcript will not be accepted and will require a foreign transcript from the institution in which the course was taken, and the foreign institution should be listed on the application. 

Study abroad coursework not accepted by a U.S. institution should be listed separately on the application and an official transcript will be required.  

In the event an official transcript is not accessible, the applicant should inform TMDSAS and the schools to which the applicant has applied will be notified. 

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Graduate Coursework 

  • Graduate courses do not satisfy the 90-hour requirement OR the required coursework.  
  • All required coursework must be completed before OR by the time of enrollment into the medical school.  

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Continuing Education Coursework

Only coursework where college credit is earned should be entered in the application. Continuing education courses should not be entered, nor will we need a transcript from these institutions. 

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Foreign Coursework

State law requires that academic work taken at foreign colleges, universities or preparatory schools shall be excluded from the calculation of the GPA for students seeking admission to graduate or post-baccalaureate professional school. 

Undergraduate foreign coursework that appears as transfer credit on the transcript of a regionally accredited US college will count towards the 90 hour requirement. Each individual transfer course credit granted by the US school must be listed on the transcript. Lump sum credit with no specific course and hour identification will not be accepted.  

Foreign coursework will not count towards satisfying any of the required courses listed in the Education Requirements section. All prerequisites must be taken at a regionally accredited US or Canadian college or university. 

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Coursework Resources

 

Coursework Video

Entering Coursework into the TMDSAS Application is a hurdle for many applicants, but it doesn't have to be! In this video, we go over several examples to show you how to enter your coursework and reduce processing delays to get your application to the schools sooner.

 

Course Listings Page

Visit the Course Listings Page for your school(s) to verify that you've correctly coded your prescribed courses.

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