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2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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

Professional adviser: Donna Pikula

Committee: Amy Banes-Berceli (Biological Sciences), Shannon Esselink (College of Arts and Sciences Advising), Lisa Flynn, M.D., Christina Grabowski (School of Medicine), Gennie Hill (School of Health Sciences), Nessan Kerrigan (Chemistry), Paul Ragatski (School of Medicine), Brad Roth (Physics), Ann Selva (College of Arts and Sciences), Mohammad Siadat (Computer Science and Engineering), Michelle Southward (School of Health Sciences), Keith Williams (Psychology), Patricia Wren (Health Sciences)

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 111 , BIO 113 , BIO 116 ) and at least three of the following

4. Mathematics requirements

  • (4) (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 225 , STA 226 , or STA 228 ).  Pre-medical concentration students are advised to take two courses in the behavioral/social sciences (PSY 100 and SOC 100 recommended) and one in ethics (PHL 103 or PHL 104 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.   Interested students should consult with the Pre-Medical Advising Office, the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Office or a Department of Biological Sciences faculty adviser for counseling and assistance in planning their academic programs.