Pre-health tracks such as pre-med and pre-vet are designed to assist students who seek admission into medical, veterinary, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, podiatry, physician assistant, physical therapy, and related health professional schools after graduation. Tracks are neither degree programs nor concentrations. They are recommended courses that may or may not already be required by a degree program.
Students in any degree program can declare a pre-health track. A pre-health advisor works with the students' academic advisor to help students take courses that are both pre-requisites for their health professional school and courses that are required for their degree program.
Nearly all health professional schools require the following pre-requisite courses:
Two semesters of biology with laboratory (BIO143, BIO143L, BIO144, BIO144L)*
Two semesters of general chemistry with laboratory (CHM115, CHM115L, CHM116, CHM116L)*
Two semesters of organic chemistry with laboratory (CHM205, CHM205L, CHM206, CHM206L)
Two semesters of physics with laboratory (PHY115, PHY115L, PHY116, PHY116L)*
Two semesters of English (ENG110, ENG120)*
One or two semesters of college mathematics (MAT220 and MAT250)*
Some programs also recommend or require one or more of the following courses:
One semester of biochemistry (BIO313)*
One semester of psychology (PSY101)
One semester of sociology (SOC101)
One semester of microbiology with laboratory (BIO230, BIO230L)
Two semesters of anatomy and physiology with laboratory (BIO203, BIO203L, BIO204, BIO204L)
One semester of genetics (BIO306)*
One semester of cell biology with laboratory (BIO311, BIO311L)*
A pre-health advisor will help students research the requirements for specific schools of interest and design a course plan that meets their needs. A pre-health advisor will also discuss internships and other experiences that will help them succeed in their chosen profession.
Pre-Health Advisor Contact Information
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