Students interested in pursuing medicine (as well as dentistry, optometry, veterinary medicine, physical therapy, pharmacy, etc.) can select any major, provided they meet the prerequisites of the professional school. However, most pre-med (and related) students major in biology, biochemistry, or chemistry. In general, all of these professions require a minimum of two years of chemistry, one year of biology, one year of physics, and one year of English, all at the college level. The competitive applicant is expected to achieve a grade point average of at least 3.0 (B’s or better) in all science classes.
Each professional school has very specific requirements and timelines. Since having the appropriate prerequisites and timing are especially critical for successful entry into these prestigious and competitive professional programs, interested students are urged to consult with the Pre-Professional Coordinator (Ext. 1318) as soon as they make a decision to pursue medicine or a related profession.