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Biomedical Pre-Professionals Program Coursework

Basic Coursework

The practice of medicine is based on modern biology, chemistry, and physics. Candidates for medical professional schools must study in these disciplines to:

  • Confirm their interest in and capacity for advanced study in medical science
  • Enable professional schools to judge their potential for success in medicine
  • Meet requirements of state laws governing licensure

Minimum requirements for admission to professional schools are not uniform. Also, many schools recommend, but do not require, additional courses such as calculus, statistics, advanced biology courses, English, humanities, economics, psychology, and social science courses. Students should ascertain the minimum and recommended courses of professional schools to which they plan to apply well in advance of planning their undergraduate studies.

 

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Professional School Prerequisite Science & Math Courses
Schools General Biology

1 & 2

General Chemistry

1 & 2

Organic Chemistry

1 & 2

Physics

1 & 2

Bio-Chemistry Anatomy & Physiology Micro-Biology Genetics Animal Science Math (1)
Medical Schools Yes (2) Yes Yes (3) Yes (4) - - - - Yes (4)
Veterinary Schools Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes - Yes Yes Yes (5) -
Dental Schools Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes - - - - -
Physician Assistant * Yes Yes Yes Yes - Yes Yes - - Yes
Pharmacy Schools ** Yes Yes Yes Yes - (6) (6) - - Yes
Optometry Schools Yes Yes Yes Yes - (4) Yes - - Yes
Podiatric Schools Yes Yes Yes Yes - - - - - -

Labs are required for Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry & Physics and may be required for other science courses.

  • 1 = Calculus and/or Statistics
  • 2 = some schools allow Zoology to fulfill requirement
  • 3 = some schools allow 1 semester Biochemistry to fulfill Organic II requirement
  • 4 = required at some schools, but strongly recommended by all others
  • 5 = courses taken at the University of Florida prior to matriculation
  • 6 = required by approximately half of pharmacy schools

* Physician assistant school requirements vary widely. A minimum of two years of college is required to be elgible for admission into bachelors degree programs. Masters degree programs require all undergraduate prerequisites along with a minimum GPA. Health care experience and volunteering are required. Pre-PA students are especially encouraged to determine the requirements of those schools to which they plan to apply.

** Pharmacy school requirements vary widely. Pre-Pharmacy students are especially encouraged to determine the requirements of those schools to which they plan to apply.

Professional schools may have additional minimum requirements for admission to those listed above as well as recommended courses. Students should ascertain the minimum requirements and recommended additional courses of schools to which they plan to apply.