Feb 28, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Pre-Medical Studies: Medicine, Dentistry, Optometry and Veterinary Medicine Concentration

Pre-professional adviser: Ann Selva

Pre-Medical Studies Concentration Adviser: Keith Berven

Academic Advising: Interested students should consult with the Pre-Medical Advising Office, the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Office or a Department Biological Sciences faculty adviser for counseling and assistance in planning their academic programs.

The concentration in pre-medical studies is intended for students who wish to pursue careers in medicine, dentistry, optometry or veterinary medicine. The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in biology provides students with all the requirements for a concentration in pre-medical studies. Students in the Bachelor of Arts degree program will need to complete two semesters of organic chemistry and laboratory in addition to their other science requirements. Students are expected to complete a concentration consisting of the following:

1. At least 24-25 credits of biology

Includes some laboratories and the required biology sequence (BIO 1200 , BIO 1300 , BIO 1201 ) and at least three of the following



Developmental biology

2. Chemistry requirements

3. Physics requirements

4. Mathematics requirements

  • (4) (or MTH 1331 and MTH 1332)
  • (or course competency as determined by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics)


Pre-optometry concentration students must take 12 credits of mathematics including one statistics course (STA 2220 , STA 2226 , or STA 2222 ). Pre-medical concentration students are advised to take two courses in the behavioral/social sciences (PSY 1000  and SOC 1000  recommended) and one in ethics (PHL 1300  or PHL 1310  recommended).

Additional information

The concentration provides the minimum requirements for admission to various medical, osteopathic, dental, optometry and veterinary schools, and provides the necessary background for the science portion of the standardized aptitude tests: medical (MCAT), dental (DAT), optometry (OAT) and veterinary (VCAT or GRE). This concentration does not constitute a major. Students must elect a major from those offered by the university.