Pre-med and pre-health professions education at the University is based on the belief that sound preparation in science and mathematics, supported by liberal arts courses in the humanities and social sciences, is the best foundation for success in medical science and other health professional schools.
Through the University’s degree programs in biochemistry, biology, biomedical sciences, chemistry, environmental science, microbiology, pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmacology and toxicology, humanities and science, and psychology, students can prepare themselves for admission to medical sciences schools, as well as earn a bachelor of science degree that will serve them well if they decide to alter their career plans. These degree programs have served as a firm foundation for many of our graduates to earn post-baccalaureate degrees in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, podiatry, and optometry.
A program of individualized counseling helps students prepare for admission to medical sciences and other health professional schools. The pre-health professions advisors counsel students so that courses required for admission are taken; assist students in the selection of courses to meet their personal interests, abilities, and career objectives; and help with the various application procedures of the professional school of choice.
The basic requirements/recommended courses for admission to medical school include:
- General biology – 2 semesters with laboratory
- General chemistry – 2 semesters with laboratory
- Organic chemistry – 2 semesters with laboratory
- Biochemistry – 1 semester
- General physics – 2 semesters with laboratory
- Mathematics – 2 semesters
- Behavioral and social sciences – 2 semesters
- Writing/English – 2 semesters
- Statistics – 1 semester
These courses are generally taken within the first three years. Pre-med students then have the flexibility to select coursework in their remaining years that meets their individual goals.
Because of our exceptional academic reputation, we’ve been able to reach agreements guaranteeing places for outstanding USciences students in medical professional programs in the region. Students in our dual-degree programs complete a BS degree from USciences as well as the desired medical science professional degree.
Additional information regarding the pre-health professions curricula is available by contacting:
Suzanne K. Murphy, PhD
Dean, Misher College of Arts and Sciences
Director, Pre-Health Professions Programs
Lisa A. Thayer, MEd
Assistant Director, Pre-Health Professions Programs