Pre-Med Major

The Pre-Medical curriculum is recommended for students who wish to pursue such careers as traditional human medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, optometry or nontraditional medical arts that require intensive undergraduate preparation in biology and chemistry. The premedical sciences curriculum begins building the student’s knowledge base and testing the student’s qualification for medical or veterinary school through diverse, challenging courses. However, to become a good physician (of humans or animals), the student must possess or develop compassion, integrity, and dedication to service, in addition to intellect and stamina.

Degree Outcomes

Advise students about how to meet admissions requirements for professional schools, of the students choosing, through coursework in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics

Help students grow as compassionate members of a larger community.

Help mentor students on complimentary pathways that will round out their professional school applications.

Example Courses

  • BIO 3024: Genetics
    Pre-med
    The principles of inheritance in plants and animals are presented with special attention devoted to the specific aspects of human heredity. The goal of this course is to give the student a broad background in the science of heredity. The course includes advanced topics in Mendelian genetics, molecular genetics, and population genetics.
  • BIO 3444: General Physiology
    Pre-med
    This is an upper-level course in physiology—the study of the mechanisms by which organisms function—for students preparing for careers in health or to continue their education in professional and graduate schools. Lectures and laboratories focus on the human body as a model for understanding general principles of physiology. The main topics discussed are homeostasis, metabolism, thermoregulation, nerve and sensory physiology, hormonal controls, kidney and cardiovascular function.
  • BIO 4334: Anatomy
    This is a laboratory intensive course in which students will practice the art of dissection. They will learn anatomical terminology; find, identify and learn to recognize the structures and organs, and their anatomical and functional relationships in the vertebrate body. By comparing different individuals and species, students will gain an understanding of human anatomy, the variation among individuals and the similarities among different but related species. The laboratory will meet twice a week. Lecture will meet once a week to introduce, reinforce and support the laboratory work.
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