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2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog 
2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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

Adviser: Keith A. Berven (Biological Sciences)

Committee: Andrew F.X. Goldberg (Eye Research Institute), Kathleen H. Moore (Chemistry), John R. Reddan (Biological 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

This includes some laboratories and the required introductory biology sequence (BIO 111 , BIO 113 , BIO 116 ) and at least three of the following

4. 8 credits of mathematics


Preoptometry concentration students must take 12 credits of mathematics including one statistics course (STA 225 , STA 226 , or STA 228 ).

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).   The committee strongly recommends WRT 142  or WRT 144  for better preparation for the non-science portions of the standardized tests. This concentration does not constitute a major. Students must elect a major from those offered by the university.   Interested students should consult with Keith Berven, pre-medical concentration coordinator, for counseling and assistance in planning their academic programs.