The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)

The MCAT is administered by the AAMC and is the standard medical school assessment of a student’s understanding of basic Biology, Chemistry and Physics. In 2015 the MCAT will be changing to include concepts from Psychology and Sociology. For general information about the MCAT students can visit the AAMC MCAT site which also contains specific information about the 2015 MCAT changes.

A nice new article that covers the 2015 MCAT can be found at this link.

The Pre-health Committee at Barnard has used the AAMC topic guidelines (shown here) to determine which courses on our campus provide coverage of the material on the 2015 MCAT. These course are listed in the following table. They include some courses that are required for admission to most medical schools (as indicated by “Pre-health Requirement” and some additional courses. The recommendations listed below are for the purpose of covering MCAT material only. More general considerations about recommendations for medical school should be discussed with your adviser or the Pre-health adviser.

 

Department

Course Number(s)

Course Name or Description

Recommendation

For MCAT2015

Biology

BIOL BC1500 thru 1503

Introductory Biology series

Pre-health Requirement

 

BIOL BC2100

Genetics

Recommended

 

BIOL BC3360

Animal Physiology

Suggested

 

BIOL BC3362

Mol & Cell Neuroscience

Suggested

 

 

 

 

Chemistry

CHEM BC2001, 3230 (with lab 3328), 3231, 3232

General & Organic Chemistry series

Pre-health Requirement

 

CHEM BC3282

Biochemistry

Recommended

 

 

 

 

Physics

PHYS BC1201, 1202

General Physics I and II

Pre-health Requirement

 

 

 

 

Psychology

PSYC BC1001

Introduction to Psychology

Recommended

 

 

 

 

Sociology

SOCI W2400

Comparative Perspectives on Inequality

Suggested*

* SOCI W1000 “The Social World” is an acceptable alternative if W2400 is not being offered.

 

Recommended: A course that will offer substantial coverage of material on the MCAT2015.

Suggested: A course that will offer some coverage of material on MCAT2015 beyond what is in the required or recommended courses. A student can either take this course or get coverage of this material in an MCAT preparation course.