Physicians treat and prevent human illness, disease and injury. They examine patients, obtain medical histories, and order, perform, interpret diagnostic tests, and they counsel patients on diet, hygiene, and preventive healthcare.

There are two types of physicians:
MD (Doctor of Medicine)
DO (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine)

What is Osteopathic Medicine?  (From the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine)

Two Kinds of Physicians: Allopathic and Osteopathic

The practice of medicine includes prevention and health education, and the use of accepted methods of medical treatment, including pharmaceutical agents and surgical procedures. There are many specialty areas for physicians to pursue with some of the highest demand for physicians going into family practice, internal medicine, and geriatrics.

Wondering about the road to becoming a doctor? Here is a resource to help you better understand the journey. 

Here is a current list of specialities recognized within medicine!

CSU Recommended Coursework

These courses are provided as GENERAL pre-requisites and may not represent a complete list of requirements.  It is the student’s responsibility to check with each professional school in order to determine specific pre-requisites courses and equivalencies for each institution.
Requirement Recommended CSU Course(s)
General Biology (2 semesters w/labs) LIFE102 and one additional lab-based biology course (LIFE103 or LIFE201B recommended)
General Chemistry (2 semesters w/labs) CHEM111/112 & CHEM113/114
Organic Chemistry (2 semesters w/labs) CHEM 341 & 343/344 OR CHEM 345 & 346
General Physics (2 semesters w/labs) PH 121 & PH122 OR PH141 & PH142
English  (2-3 semesters) CO150, CO 300, CO301, JTC 300, Literature Courses taken through English Department
Mathematics (Trig, Calculus and/or Statistics) MATH 125, MATH 155, or MATH 160; STAT 301, STAT 307 or EHRS 307
Highly recommended courses: BC 351, BMS 300 or BMS 360, BMS 301, LIFE205/206 or MIP 300/302, LIFE201B or SOCR330 or BZ350, PSY100, SOC100