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Premedicine, Predentistry, and Preveterinary

Students must be accepted into a primary curriculum major while they pursue one of the preprofessional programs. A good preprofessional curriculum in these areas should provide the student with a strong background in liberal studies, including sufficient strength in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. Because the number of applicants to professional schools greatly exceeds the number of openings, satisfactory completion of the preprofessional courses does not assure acceptance by any professional school. Most professional schools are seeking the student who has a long record of consistently high-level performance and who is highly-recommended by the undergraduate school. To help with the many challenges associated with gaining admission to health profession schools, there is an advisement program headed by the Health Professions Advisement Coordinator. Other areas included in the preprofessional program are optometry, podiatry, pharmacy, and chiropractic.

Students in these areas should familiarize themselves with the requirements of those schools to which they intend to apply. While a preprofessional student may choose any Liberal Arts major field, the following courses, which are minimum requirements for admission to most health profession schools, should be included: one year each of English, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, mathematics (including calculus), and one to two years of biology.

Recommended electives include genetics, microbiology, anatomy, and physiology. In all cases, professional schools desire a strong background in the humanities and social sciences. The required courses for the Premedicine, Predentistry, and Preveterinary programs follow.

Premedicine, Predentistry, and Preveterinary Concentration Requirements

Premedicine and Predentistry study within the preprofessional concentration:

BIOL 180, 181, 201

12 s.h.

CHEM 111, 112, 221, 322, 331, 332

24 s.h.

COMP 100 and a literature course

6 s.h.

Two from: MATH 173, 174, or STAT 101

7-8 s.h.

PHYS 103, 104 or 203, 204

8 s.h.


Total 57-58 s.h.

Study within the primary major as required.

Preveterinary study within the preprofessional concentration:

BIOL 180, 181, 201, 362

16 s.h.

CHEM 111, 112, 221, 322, and 330

20 s.h.

COMP 100 and COMM 100

6 s.h.

Two from: MATH 173, 174, or STAT 101

7-8 s.h.

PHYS 103, 104 or 203, 204

8 s.h.


Total 57-58 s.h.

Study within the primary major as required.

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