Selecting a Major

So what should you major in at TAMUCC? A common myth is that you have to major in a science degree as a Pre-Medical student; however, this is not true. We recommend that you choose a degree based on your interests. It is important to choose a major based on your academic interests rather than one that you think looks good to medical schools. Choose a major that you are passionate about, whether it is a major in Liberal Arts, Business, Health Sciences, or something else entirely, completing the prerequisites for medical schools can be accomplished. Certain degrees may cover the pre-medical prerequisites; however, medical schools also accept students who show broad interests in their academic coursework through a non-science major. Major in any subject you want!

If you would like to major as a Pre-Medical student follow content tested on MCAT suuggestions.

Texas Schools






JAMP (Joint Admission Medical Program)

Making the path to medical school a reality


Dr. Marcy Wainwright.

Tidal Hall 334. Office phone (361) 825-3076

 JAMP flyer QR code jamp-qr-code

 Or a PDF copy (JAMP Flyer)



Foreign Schools

These are schools that our office has visited.

Stress Management Resources


University Counseling Center 361-825-2703

  • Individual walk-in support M-F 8-5 PM in the Driftwood Building
  • Counselor on Duty Hours M-F 9-11:30 AM & 1-4 PM
  • After Hours Crisis, call 361-825-2703 and press 2 to be connected to the Emergency counselor
  • Self Help Resources




  • BIOL 1406, BIOL 1407 (Biology)
  • BIOL 2416 (Genetics)
  • BIOL 2421 (Microbiology)
  • CHEM 1411, CHEM 1412 (General Chemistry)
  • CHEM 3411, CHEM 3412 (Organic Chemistry)
  • CHEM 4401, CHEM 4402 (Biochemistry)
  • MATH 1442 (Statistics)
  • PSYC 2301 (Psychology)
  • SOCI 1301 (Sociology)
  • PHIL 2306 (Ethics)
  • ENGL 1302 (Rhetoric)
  • ENGL 2316 (Literature)
  • PHYS 1401, PHYS 1402 (Physics)

Research Medical Schools Before You Apply!

  • Medical School Admissions Requirements for US and Canadian Medical Schools ( MSAR)

Medical School Time Line & Application Services


Texas public medical schools, including TCOM, use TMDSAS (Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service)

  • TMDSAS - Check out their Application Instructions

Baylor College of Medicine and most out-of-state allopathic medical schools use  AMCAS  (American Medical College Application Service) For additional details, click on and download “ Instruction Manual ” and see “Section Eight: Essay(s)”

  • AMCAS -  Applicant Instruction Manual

Out-of-state osteopathic medical schools use  AACOMAS (American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service). (TCOM, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, uses TMDSAS)


Some health professions schools require secondary applications to be completed in addition to the primary application through TMDSAS, AMCAS, and other application services. Applications are not considered complete until the secondary application is submitted. Most secondary applications require an additional fee and the majority of secondary application fees are non-refundable. Some secondary applications are available and should be completed very soon after you submit your primary application. Other secondary applications are by invite only. If a schools secondary application is by invite only they will notify you and ask you to complete their own specific secondary application only after they have reviewed your primary application. Please check with the schools on the secondary policies, availability & application fees. Application fees range from $0 - $100. Any questions relating to a secondary application should be directed to the respective school. Completion of the secondary application is required by the following medical schools before your application is considered:

Letters of Evaluation

Letters of evaluation are key pieces to your medical school application. Each application has its own way of collecting letters and number and type of letters vary from school to school. Check with the application service you are using for additional details.

Personal Statements

The personal statement is a critical component of your application to Medical school, as the personal statement can either significantly help or harm your chances for success, it is important to take it seriously. The statement must be personal. This is your chance to let the Admissions Committee hear from you and understand who you are. Take advantage of the opportunity to express your commitments, motivations and values.

Pre-Medical Resources & Interesting Information

MD/PhD Resources

Professional Associations