Prerequisite Coursework

Prerequisite coursework varies between institutions, so it is important that you review the admission requirements for the colleges to which you plan to apply. The majority of chiropractic colleges require at least 24 credits of life/physical sciences, with at least 12 credits from sciences with labs. These science classes include biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, anatomy, physiology, mathematics, and statistics. In addition, most schools require at least 66 credits in general education or additional science. This includes English college writing, psychology, and social sciences or humanities. Examples of applicable coursework is listed below.


  • BSCI 10110: Biological Diversity (includes lab)
  • BSCI 10120: Biological Foundations (includes lab)
  • BSCI 21010: Anatomy and Physiology I (includes lab)
  • BSCI 21020: Anatomy and Physiology II (includes lab)
  • BSCI 30140: Cell Biology (includes lab)
  • BSCI 30171: General Microbiology (includes lab)


  • CHEM 10060 and 10062: General Chemistry I and Lab
  • CHEM 10061 and 10063: General Chemistry II and Lab
  • CHEM 30481: Organic Chemistry I OR CHEM 20481: Basic Organic Chemistry I
    • Take CHEM 30475: Organic Chemistry I Lab with either
  • CHEM 30482: Organic Chemistry II OR CHEM 20482: Basic Organic Chemistry II
    • Take CHEM 30476: Organic Chemistry II Lab with either


  • MATH 30011: Basic Probability and Statistics OR MATH 12022: Probability and Statistics for Life Sciences
    • Some schools may require additional math coursework


  • PHY 13001: General College Physics I AND PHY 13021: General College Physics I Lab OR PHY 23101: General University Physics I (includes lab)
  • PHY 13002: General College Physics II AND PHY 13022: General College Physics II Lab OR PHY 23102: General University Physics II (includes lab)

other requirements

  • ENG 11011: College Writing I AND ENG 21011: College Writing II
  • PSYC 11762: General Psychology