Premedicine

Premedicine
Pre-osteopathic Medicine
Pre-veterinary Medicine
Pre-dentistry
Pre-pharmacy

Mission Statement

The pre-professional programs are designed for students whose career goals involve further professional training beyond the bachelor’s degree. The programs in pre-medicine, pre-veterinary medicine, pre-osteopathic medicine and pre-dentistry constitute a secondary major. A non major advising program is available in pre-pharmacy.

The preparatory pre-professional curricula are secondary programs of courses which meet the usual requirements for admission to a professional school. Students pursuing such a secondary program must satisfy the requirements in conjunction with satisfying the requirements of a primary major program. Students cannot major in one of the preprofessional majors alone — they need to select a primary major.

Students planning professional careers should choose a primary major that best fits their interests and the requirements of the professional school. Among those majors commonly combined with the pre-professional majors are Bachelor of Science degrees in biology, chemistry (biological chemistry concentration) or zoology, the Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, or the Bachelor of Science in Public Health. The pre-professional programs may also be pursued within a carefully designed Bachelor of General Studies degree program or other degree programs.

At the earliest possible date, students with such career goals in mind should identify the options available; immediately begin to meet the requirements of the appropriate pre-professional program; and become familiar with the entrance requirements, standards and expectations of the particular school or program in which advanced training is to be pursued.

Program Requirements in Pre-medicine, Pre-Osteopathic Medicine, Pre-Veterinary Medicine, Pre-Dentistry:

BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

Biological Foundations
Cell Biology

Plus two of these courses:

Vertebrate Anatomy
Microbiology
Vertebrate Embryology
Genetics
General Physiology

PHYSICS

General College Physics I, II
or
University Physics Frontiers I, II, III

CHEMISTRY

General Chemistry I, II
General Chemistry Lab I, II
Basic Organic Chemistry (two semesters)
or
Organic Chemistry (two semesters)
Organic Chemistry Lab (two semesters)

MATHEMATICS

Algebra and Trigonometry
Analytic Geometry and
Calculus I (recommended but not required for pre-dentistry)

Many medical, dental and veterinary schools may strongly recommend additional courses. Students should become familiar with the requirements of the school they plan to attend and maintain close contact with the preprofessional advisors in the departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, and Public Health to review additional requirements. More information is available online.

Pre-Pharmacy

Pre-pharmacy study may be completed in the College of Arts and Sciences in basic academic courses. Pre-pharmacy students are encouraged to take courses listed below to enhance their opportunities to enter a pharmacy school:

CHEMISTRY

General Chemistry I, II
General Chemistry Lab I, II
Organic Chemistry I, II
Organic Chemistry Lab I, II

PHYSICS

General College Physics I, II
or
University Physics Frontiers I, II, III

BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

Biological Foundations
Cell Biology
Human Physiology
Microbiology
Vertebrate Anatomy

MATHEMATICS

Algebra and Trigonometry
Analytic Geometry and
Calculus I, II

Students should be familiar with the requirements of the pharmacy school they plan to attend and consult immediately upon entering Kent State with the pre-pharmacy advisor in the Department of Chemistry or with the office of the College of Arts and Sciences.