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Pre-Dental, Pre-Medical, Pre-Pharmacy, or Pre-Veterinary Specialization: Bachelor of Science (BS) in Chemistry

Nathan Gonzalez preparing a sample for HPLC analysis in the Fisher research group.
Nathan Gonzalez preparing a sample for HPLC analysis in the Fisher research group.

Professional schools (medical, dental, pharmaceutical, veterinary) do not require a degree in the sciences for admission to their programs. These professional schools consider majors in almost any discipline to be acceptable for admission.

The basic "core" requirements for admission to most of these professional schools typically include the following:

  • Chemistry: 16-20 credits
  • Physics: 8 credits
  • Biology: 4-8 credits

Most medical schools require a minimum of:

  • 1 year of General Chemistry with lab
  • 1 year of Organic Chemistry with lab
  • 1 year of General Biology with lab
  • 1 year of College Physics with lab

Requirements do vary from school to school. Students considering a career in medicine are strongly advised to contact the professional school of their choice early in their studies for academic advising.

The admission process to these professional schools is highly competitive which includes a review of:

  • transcripts (courses, grades)
  • performance on college admission test taken during the junior year:
  • DCAT Dental College Admission Test
  • MCAT Medical College Admission Test
  • PCAT Pharmacy College Admission Test
  • VCAT Veterinary College Admission Test
  • letters of evaluation

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