Coursework

The following is a general guide for courses you may need to apply to Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine programs. Requirements vary from school to school. Always consult the websites of programs where you plan to apply.

Most Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine programs require 24 semester credits (and 36 quarter credits) in life and/or physical sciences. Most programs require that half of these classes include a lab. The following are courses you can take at UW-Madison in preparation for a Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine program.

For a pre-chiropractic course planning guide, click here. Also consider using our four-year planner to map out your coursework and extracurricular activities.

NOTE: Math 112 is a prerequisite for Chem 103 and Physics 103. In addition, Math 217 or 221 are prerequisites for Physics 201 and 207.

 

Chemistry

General Chemistry  (You would complete only one of the following sequences.)

  • Chemistry 103-104 (both include a lecture and lab)
  • Chemistry 109 (lecture and lab)

Organic Chemistry  (You would complete only one of the following sequences.)

  • Chemistry 341 (lecture) & 342 (lab)
  • Chemistry 343 (lecture), 344 (lab), & 345 (lecture)

Biochemistry

  • Biochemistry 501 (lecture only)
  • Biochemistry 510 (lecture only)

 

Introductory Biology Sequences  (You would complete only one of the following sequences.)

  • Zoology 101 (lecture) & 102 (lab)
  • Biology 151-152 (both include lecture and lab)
  • Biocore: Students must apply to enroll in Biocore. Learn more here.
    • Biocore 381-382 Evolution, Ecology and Genetics lecture/lab
    • Biocore 383-384 Cellular Biology lecture/lab
    • Biocore 485-486 Organismal Biology lecture/lab
    • Biocore 587 Biological Interactions

 

Additional Bioscience Course Options:

  • Physiology (Anat&Phy 335/435 [both include lecture and lab])
  • Anatomy (Anat&Phy 337 [lecture] & 338 [lab])
  • Biomechanics courses
  • Kinesiology courses

 

Physics
(You would complete only one of the following sequences. All include lecture and lab.)

  • Physics 103-104 (without calculus)
  • Physics 201-202 (calculus-based; recommended for Engineering majors)
  • Physics 207-208 (calculus-based; recommended for Life Science majors)

 

In addition, Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine programs also recommend (and some require) courses in humanities and social science fields as well. Check the websites of programs where you may apply!