Sample Schedules

Below are some examples of how a Trinity student might plan to complete required courses for medical, dental, veterinary schools and other health professions programs. Keep in mind that specific schools may have additional requirements, which can be found on each school’s website. In particular, veterinary schools may require additional science course work, including some courses not taught at Duke.

Note:

  • Pratt students should follow a Pratt curriculum and schedule and work in prehealth courses wherever possible.
  • These sample schedules are set up with 32 slots for courses. Remember that you need 34 credits to graduate, and so you may need to work in two additional credits if you do not have 2 AP/IPC/PMC credits.
  • Some Biology courses should not be taken before completing certain prerequisites. Check the course description for each Biology course for more information.
  • Particular semesters indicated in these sample schedules are just examples. You may feel free to fit them into your own particular curriculum.
  • These schedules do not attempt to display curriculum or major requirements.

Example 1: Basic Schedule, No AP Credit

  Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer
First Year
  1. CHEM 101DL
  2. MATH 111L
  3. Writing 101/seminar
  4. -
  1. CHEM 201DL
  2. -
  3. Writing 101/seminar
  4. -
 
Sophomore Year
  1. CHEM 202L
  2. BIOLOGY 201L
  3. Foreign Language 1
  4. -
  1. CHEM 210DL
  2. BIOLOGY 202L
  3. Foreign Language 2
  4. -
 
Junior Year
  1. Study Away
  2. Foreign Language 3
  3. -
  4. -
  1. PHYSICS 141L
  2. Statistics
  3. -
  4. -
 
Senior Year
  1. PHYSICS 142L
  2. BIOCHEM 301
  3. -
  4. -
  1. BIOLOGY 329L
  2. Psychology
  3. -
  4. -

 

  • MCAT
  • Apply
  • Gap Year

Add Sociology where you can or self-study.

About this Schedule

This is a common schedule. It keeps all three summers free for Duke Engage, enrichment programs, research, jobs, and other interests and the fall of the junior year is open for study abroad. You begin with Math and Chemistry, then add Biology, and then add Physics. Three foreign language classes are included since a foreign language should be started in the first or second year. Note that you have three elective courses in your first year and two elective courses in your second year. You would choose courses that you are interested in or curious about (usually a non-science area for balance), that relate to a potential major in a social science or humanity area, or that deal with secondary interests that you have.

In this schedule, you would take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) in May or June after graduation, send in your application around July 1, and then work for a year (a gap year) before entering medical school. 

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Example 2: Basic Schedule with AP Credit in Chemistry (CHEM 20)

  Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer
First Year
  1. CHEM 110DL
  2. MATH 111L
  3. Writing 101/seminar
  4. -
  1. CHEM 201DL
  2. -
  3. Writing 101/seminar
  4. -
 
Sophomore Year
  1. CHEM 202L
  2. BIOLOGY 201L
  3. Foreign Language 1
  4. -
  1. Psychology
  2. BIOLOGY 202L
  3. Foreign Language 2
  4. -
 
Junior Year
  1. Study Away
  2. -
  3. -
  4. -
  1. PHYSICS 141L
  2. Foreign Language 3
  3. Statistics
  4. -
 
Senior Year
  1. PHYSICS 142L
  2. BIOCHEM 301
  3. -
  4. -
  1. BIOLOGY 329L
  2. -
  3. -
  4. -

 

  • MCAT
  • Apply
  • Gap Year

Add Sociology where you can or self-study.

About this Schedule

A score of 4 on the AP Chem Exam will give you CHEM 20 credit and allows placement into CHEM 110DL. CHEM 110DL substitutes for CHEM 101DL and 210DL. 

Note that MATH 111L could be moved to the spring. All three summers are free and the fall of the junior year is open for study away. In this schedule, you would have three elective courses in your first year and three elective courses in your second year.

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Example 3: Schedule with AP Credits of CHEM 21, MATH 21, PHYSICS 25 or 26

  Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer
First Year
  1. CHEM 201DL
  2. -
  3. Writing 101/seminar
  4. -
  1. CHEM 202L
  2. Biology 201L
  3. Writing 101/seminar
  4. Foreign Language 1
 
Sophomore Year
  1. BIOLOGY 202L
  2. BIOCHEM 301
  3. Foreign Language 2
  4. -
  1. BIOLOGY 329L
  2. -
  3. Foreign Language 3
  4. Psychology
 
Junior Year
  1. Study Away
  2. -
  3. -
  4. -
  1. PHYSICS 141L or 142L
  2. Statistics
  3. -
  4. -

 

  • MCAT
  • Apply?
Senior Year
  1. -
  2. -
  3. -
  4. -
  1. -
  2. -
  3. -
  4. -

 

  • Or Apply Here
  • Gap Year

Add Sociology if possible or self-study.

About this Schedule

In this example, you would enroll directly in Organic Chemistry (CHEM 201DL). There is a special section just for first-year students in the fall.  Completing Organic Chemistry in your first year would allow you to go on to BIOCHEM 301 in the fall of your sophomore year.   

You may be able to finish all Pre-Med requirements by the end of your junior year, assuming you can work in non-academic requirements (clinical experience, shadowing, volunteering, research, etc). You could take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) in May or June, apply in July, spend your senior year in the application process, and then go directly into medical school after graduation. However, note that nearly all of your first two years will be spent in requirements, giving you little time to explore majors and opportunities. Most students will be more competitive applicants at the end of four years, rather than three years, and the gap year can be very rewarding. So an alternative is to complete the prehealth courses in your first three years, take the MCAT sometime during the summer between your junior and senior years, and then apply at the end of your senior year (thus giving you a gap year). Remember that you may need to add additional Chemistry or Biology courses in your junior or senior year, depending on the requirements of the schools to which you apply.  

A score of 5 on the AP chemistry exam gives you CHEM 21 credit.

A score of 5 on the Calculus AB Exam or a 4/5 on the Calculus BC exam gives you MATH 21 credit.

A score of 4 or 5 on the Physics C Mechanics and the Physics C, E &M Exams give you credit for PHYSICS 25 and 26.

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Example 4: Adding CHEM 99D, MATH 105L and MATH 106L

  Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer
First Year
  1. CHEM 99D
  2. MATH 105L
  3. Writing 101/seminar
  4. -
  1. CHEM 101DL
  2. MATH 106L
  3. Writing 101/seminar
  4. -
 
Sophomore Year
  1. CHEM 201DL
  2. Foreign Language 1
  3. -
  4. -
  1. CHEM 202L
  2. Foreign Language 2
  3. BIOLOGY 202L
  4. -

 

  • Study Abroad
Junior Year
  1. CHEM 210DL
  2. Foreign Language 3
  3. Psychology
  4. -
  1. BIOLOGY 201L
  2. PHYSICS 141L
  3. -
  4. -
 
Senior Year
  1. PHYSICS 142L
  2. BIOCHEM 301
  3. -
  4. -
  1. BIOLOGY 329L
  2. Statistics
  3. -
  4. -

 

  • MCAT
  • Apply
  • Gap Year

Add Sociology where you can or self-study.

About this Schedule

Duke offers special classes (CHEM 99 and MATH 105L, 106L) if you are just beginning in Chemistry and Math. See the Chemistry and Math websites for more information and placement recommendations.

The combination of MATH 105L and 106L replaces MATH 111L. MATH 105L, 106L should be sufficient to allow you to enroll in PHYSICS 141L and 142L. If you need to go on to higher levels of math because of your major or interest in Math, your next course after MATH 105L, 106L would be MATH 112L.

When you complete CHEM 99D, your next course in Chemistry will be CHEM 101DL.

In this example, all three summers are free. Study abroad might best be placed in the summer, so that fall/spring course loads are more manageable. You would take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and apply as you graduate, and then take a gap year.

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Example 5: Beginning Pre-Med Courses Sophomore Year

  Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer
First Year
  1. Writing 101/seminar
  2. Foreign Language 1
  3. -
  4. -
  1. Writing 101/seminar
  2. Foreign Language 2
  3. -
  4. -
 
Sophomore Year
  1. CHEM 101DL
  2. MATH 111L
  3. Foreign Language 3
  4. -
  1. CHEM 201DL
  2. BIOLOGY 202L
  3. -
  4. -
 
Junior Year
  1. CHEM 202L
  2. BIOLOGY 201L
  3. -
  4. -
  1. CHEM 210DL
  2. Psychology
  3. -
  4. -
  1. PHYSICS 141L
Senior Year
  1. PHYSICS 142L
  2. BIOCHEM 301
  3. -
  4. -
  1. BIOLOGY 329L
  2. Statistics
  3. -
  4. -

 

  • MCAT
  • Apply
  • Gap Year

Add Sociology where possible or self-study.

About this Schedule

If you are not sure of your prehealth interests, or have other plans for your first year, then beginning prehealth courses in your sophomore year (or even later) is fine. The example above has no prehealth courses in the first year. Two summers are free. Physics 141L has been placed in one summer term, to allow for easier sequencing. Other scenarios are also possible. Study abroad would fit best in a summer.

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