Pre-Medicine | LSU Majors


You want to work as a doctor in a specialization or as a general practitioner.

Pathway to Medical School

  1. Select any major at LSU
  2. Take the necessary pre-requisite courses for your desired medical school (ex: LSU Health New Orleans, LSU Health Shreveport, AAMC Program Directory)
  3. Maintain a high GPA (3.6+ science GPA and 3.7+ overall GPA)
  4. Prep for and take the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test)
  5. Complete supervised direct patient contact volunteer hours

Estimated Time to Completion

Bachelor's Degree + Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)

  • 4 years of undergraduate coursework (bachelor's degree)
  • 4 years of medical school
  • 3-8 years of specialty area training and medical residency
  • 11-16 estimated total years of school and training after high school

Biological Engineering Fast Path (B.S.B.E. + M.D. + Ph.D.)

This program is designed for students interested in a career as a healthcare researcher, not a practicing physician. It is highly competitive and is only open to 10 students each year. Students should have an ACT score of 30 or higher and significant AP credit in math, English, arts, humanities, and social sciences. Coursework for each degree takes place simultaneously in some years of the program.

  • 3 years of undergraduate coursework (Bachelor of Science in Biological Engineering, B.S.B.E.)
  • 4 years of medical school (Doctor of Medicine, M.D.)
  • 3 years of graduate school (Ph.D. in Biological Engineering)
  • 1-2 years of post-doctoral training to enter research/academia without residency
  • 11-12 estimated total years of school and training after high school

Common Majors at LSU for Pre-Med Students