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Pre-Medical, Pre-Dental

N330 Morrill Science Center

Contact: W. Brian O'Connor
Karen F. O'Connor
Office: Shade Tree Lab
Phone: 545-3674

Selecting a Major

Students planning to enter a medical, dental, optometry, podiatry, osteopathy, or chiropractic school after receiving a B.S. or B.A. degree should select a major department in the field of their greatest interest and ability.

Many students choose a major in the sciences; however, a major in the humanities, arts, or other field is perfectly acceptable. The minimum requirements for most health professional schools can be scheduled with little difficulty in virtually any major.

Minimum preparation for the pre-professional student must include one year of inorganic chemistry, one year of organic chemistry, two semesters of biology, one year of college mathematics and one year of physics. These courses are usually satisfied in two years and all of these courses must include laboratories. Certain additional courses in biology, chemistry, or mathematics may be required or recommended by some dental or medical schools.

Students are encouraged to consider spending one or two semesters studying abroad. Study abroad offers a valuable opportunity to enrich and gain perspective on preparation for medical school.

The Pre-Medical Advisers

The Pre-Medical advisers consult with all students interested in medicine, dentistry, chiropractic, and other allied health fields.

All interested students, regardless of academic major, who are completing their third semester at the University and all transfers, special students, continuing education, second bachelor’s degree, and graduate students, should register at the premed office. This allows the student to take advantage of advice and counseling from the advisers. Letters of recommendation for medical, dental, or other professional schools are written by the Pre-Medical advisers. They assess the student’s academic performance at this University and when appropriate, relative to the academic performance of other students applying. A library of dental, medical, optometry, osteopathy, podiatry, and chiropractic school catalogs and other pertinent materials is maintained in the Pre-Med Office.