A bachelor’s or master’s degree in biology provides the foundation for professional programs and careers as doctors, dentists, veterinarians, optometrists, podiatrists and chiropractors.
If you are interested in pursuing advanced education in any of these fields, you should register with the Office of Pre-Professional Advising and Fellowships. Careful planning is essential as you continue your education and prepare for your future career. Our advisers will assist you in course selection, reviewing admission requirements for professional schools and career planning.
The basic courses required by most professional schools include one year of general chemistry, one year of organic chemistry, one year of biology and one year of physics. If you intend to pursue a pre-health track, you should register with the Office of Pre-Professional Advising before the end of your sophomore year.
Pre-Health Professions Internship (BIO 495) and Dental Preceptorship (BIO 498), open primarily to juniors and seniors, offer valuable experience in the medical and dental fields. In the Pre-Health Professions Internship course, you can rotate through 12 different departments at Winthrop-University Hospital. In Dental Preceptorship, you may observe treatments in the offices of local dentists.
In addition, the Biology Club and the Biology Honors Society (Beta Beta Beta) are student-run organizations whose meetings and sponsored events provide information about and aid in preparation for careers in the health professions and other biology-related fields (including student biology research). As a pre-health student you are encouraged to become actively involved in these organizations.
A B.S. or B.A. in Biology or a related field can help strengthen your premedical or predental credentials. While the focus of the M.S. is in biology, successful completion of thesis research or a scholarly paper and a good academic record throughout the program can be a factor positively affecting your admission to professional schools.