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Pre-Professional Preparation

Whether our students choose to head to Medical Schools, Physician Assistant Programs, Pharmacy Programs, Dental Schools, Veterinary Medicine Programs, Physical Therapy Programs, or Graduate Schools, we are passionate about helping them meet their goals. As advisors, we work one on one with our students to help them meet the appropriate coursework requirements for each program, discuss the application process, write letters of recommendation, and track their progress. As a result, our department is extremely successful at placing our students in a wide variety of post-undergraduate programs. In fact, our placement rate for Medical Schools is above 95 percent!

Pre-Medicine & Pre-Veterinary Preparation

Students wishing to enter Medical Schools, Physician Assistant Programs, Pharmacy Programs, Dental Schools, Veterinary Schools, and Physical Therapy Schools need to begin by consulting an advisor. An advisor can help you tailor your degree to meet the admission requirements of the school or program in which you are interested. Typically, in addition to completing the core requirements for the Bachelor's degree, and taking specialized coursework in the biological sciences, students in this track complete the following additional courses:

  • MATH 151: Calculus I
  • MATH 152: Calculus II
  • CHEM 311 & CHEM 311L: Organic Chemistry I and Organic Chemistry Lab I
  • CHEM 312 & CHEM 312 L: Organic Chemistry II and Organic Chemistry Lab II
  • CHEM 315 & CHEM 315 L: Biochemistry and Biochemistry Lab 

A concentration in Cellular, Molecular, and Developmental Biology includes all of the needed coursework as well as a suggested course sequencing designed to prepare students for success on the MCAT or VCAT exams.  For more information on this concentration, please contact the BIOL/PES Office in WS232 or speak to the medical science advisor or veterinary advisor listed below.

Graduate School Preparation

Students wishing to pursue a master's degree or a doctoral degree need to work closely with their advisors. This ensures that they will meet the admission requirements of the specific programs in which they are interested. In addition to completing the core requirements for the Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences, and taking specialized coursework in the biological sciences, students in this track usually need to complete the following additional courses:

  • MATH 151: Calculus I
  • MATH 152: Calculus II
  • CHEM 311 & CHEM 311L: Organic Chemistry I and Organic Chemistry Lab I
  • CHEM 312 & CHEM 312 L: Organic Chemistry II and Organic Chemistry Lab II

A concentration in Cellular, Molecular, and Developmental Biology or a concentration in Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology, depending upon your interests, can help you fulfill the requirements for entering graduate school.  For more information on these concentrations, please contact the BIOL/PES Office in WS 232 or speak to one of the graduate school advisors listed below.

Medical Science Advisors

Dr. George Gromke and Dr. Carrie McVean Waring specialize in working with PRE-MEDS and students preparing to enter other medically-oriented professional schools such as Physician Assistant, Pharmacy, and Physical Therapy Schools.

Pre-Veterinary Advisors

Dr. Carrie McVean Waring and Dr. Susan Longest both work with students interested in entering vet school upon graduating from CMU.

Graduate School Advisors

Dr. Margot Becktell, Dr. Kelly Jean Criag, Dr. Susan Longest, Dr. Kyle McQuade, Dr. Zeynep Oszoy, Dr. Aparna Palmer, Dr. Matt Stansbury, Dr. Stephen Stern, Dr. Steve Werman, Dr. Johanna Varner, and Dr. Tom Walla all work with students who would like to pursue their master's and/or doctoral degrees.