Pre-Professional School Planning


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Professional School Preparation

Preparation for medical, pharmacy, dental, optometry, or veterinary medicine school begins with your undergraduate education. Terms such as pre-med or pre-dental are descriptive labels. To academically prepare,  students may choose a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in any area of study, but also complete the prerequisite courses required for the professional school of interest.

Starting with the end in mind... 

Students with a goal of Nursing school should review how courses completed at UMD transfer toward Nursing preparation (undergraduate preparation for the Master in Nursing program offered at the U of MN Twin Cities campus

Professional and health science graduate programs/schools usually require a set of prerequisite courses for admission into their program.  

Prerequisite course requirements vary from profession to profession and from school to school. It is best to review and recheck prerequisite courses at each school.

Most professional schools of medicine, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, optometry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, public health, and dentistry require or recommend a combination of the following courses:

Professional School Prerequisite

UMD Courses

One year of Biology with lab

General Biology I  (BIOL 1011 OR BIOL 1013)
General Biology II (BIOL 1012)

One year of General Chemistry with lab

General Chemistry I  (CHEM 1153/1154 or CHEM 1173/1174) 
General Chemistry II (CHEM 1155/1156 or CHEM 1175/1176)

One semester or year of Organic Chemistry with lab

Organic Chemistry I & II  (CHEM 2541/2543) and (CHEM 2542/2544)

Four semesters Life Sciences (biology, botany, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics, parasitology, physics & zoology)

Also recommended: (two courses upper division) Biochemistry, ethics, genetics, microbiology/immunology, physics, psychology, seminar-type courses/small group discourse

College level Math and Statistics

Calculus I (MATH 1290 or 1296)
Statistics (STAT 1411, 2411, 3411, 3611, ECON 2030, PSY 2020, or 3020)

One year of English

College Writing (WRIT 1120), Advanced Writing: Science (WRIT 3150) or English courses

Behavioral Sciences, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Courses from anthropology, arts, history, philosophy, psychology, sociology, etc.

Often recommended courses depending upon professional school

Anatomy, Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, Genetics, Microbiology, Physiology