Pre-professional Curriculum

The Pre-professional curriculum is the same as the Biology BS degree with the following exceptions:

  • Students interested in pursuing post-graduate studies in Dentistry, Medicine, Optometry, and Veterinary Medicine must, at minimum, maintain a GPA of 3.0 (a "B" average) or better in order to be recommended to these programs;
  • Additionally, students are required to take the following Biology courses as their first three Biology electives:
    1. BIO 243: Microbiology
    2. BIO 346: General Physiology
    3. Anatomy (either BIO 251: Comparative Anatomy or BIO 301: Gross Anatomy)

Students are advised to find information about graduate studies from the following sources:

American Dental Association: www.ada.org

American Medical Association: www.ama-assn.org

American Optometric Association: www.aoa.org

American Veterinary Medicine Association: www.avma.org

Preparation for application to graduate studies in the areas listed above involves a continuous review of material covered in all science courses. Such review is imperative for satisfactory performance on the entrance exams, such as the Dental Admission Test (DAT), Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), Optometry Admission Test (OAT), Veterinary College Admission Test (VCAT), or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), which are required for admission into these graduate programs. These admission tests should be taken in the fall and/or spring of the junior year.