Pre-Med, Pre-Dental, Pre-Optometry, or Pre-Chiropractic

Students interested in pursuing a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.), Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.), Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.), Doctor of Optometry (O.D.), or Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree should major in Biology or Chemistry (with a Biology minor). For the best preparation, we recommend a double major in both Biology and Chemistry. Students should review the admissions requirements for the professional schools of their choice. We recommend that students complete the following courses (in addition to major requirements) for preparation for admission and success in medical, dental, optometry, or chiropractic school:

  • BIOL2360 Microbiology
  • BIOL3310 Molecular Genetics
  • BIOL4450 Cell Biology
  • BIOL4460 Cancer Biology
  • BIOL3500 Applied Pharmacology
  • MATH1380 Introduction to Statistics
  • MATH1510 Calculus I

During summers, students should consider internships or volunteer experiences at local hospitals, clinics, or private practices to gain practical experience. Most students take the MCAT (medicine), DAT (dentistry), or OAT (optometry) exam in April of their junior year and begin to apply to professional schools during the summer following their junior year. Early application using the AMCAS (medicine), AADSAS (dentistry), OptomCAS (optometry) or another appropriate application service is strongly recommended.