Pre-Professional Programs: Pre-Medicine, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Veterinary, Pre-Physician Assistant

The student entering one of the pre-professional areas will usually major in biology or chemistry. However, a student from any major may be accepted as long as he/she has the specific prerequisite courses for the professional school and successful performance on the professional admissions test in his/her area. Most medical, dental, and veterinary schools require two years of chemistry, one year of biology, one year of physics, and psychology including at least PSY101; some require mathematics through Calculus II.

These requirements can be fulfilled by completing:
BIO141W Principles of Biology I 4
CHM220 Organic Chemistry I 4
MAT271 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II 4
BIO142 Principles of Biology II
CHM221 Organic Chemistry II 4
PHY220 General Physics I: Mechanics, Waves and Optics 4
CHM131 General Chemistry I 4
CHM322 Biochemistry 4
PHY230 General Physics II: Electricity, Magnetism & Modern Physics 4
CHM132 General Chemistry II 4
MAT171 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 4
PSY101 General Psychology 3

Professional schools may have additional requirements in biology, chemistry, or the social sciences. Students are encouraged to consult specific professional schools early and tailor their course of study accordingly. Most of these courses should be completed by the second semester of the junior year in order to be properly prepared for the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) or DAT in the case of Dentistry.


Dr. Paul Small
Sanders Hall – Room 101
300 East College Ave.
Eureka, IL 61530