Pre-Medical, Pre-Dental, and Pre-Veterinary Medicine
The university's Pre-medical Committee advises students in preparing for admission to medical, dental, and veterinary schools, and in providing student evaluations requested by most professional schools. In addition, the committee provides information and evaluations for certain other health professions such as optometry, podiatry, chiropractic medicine, osteopathic medicine, and physicians' assistant programs.
Students interested in medical careers register with this committee early in their academic studies at the university. This enables committee members to advise students of courses that enhance opportunities for admission into a professional school. The keen competition for admission to a professional school dictates that applicants achieve a high undergraduate academic average. Should pre-med students fail to achieve these standards, they are advised of other program and possible career options. Medical, dental and veterinary schools generally do not require a specific undergraduate major. However, a strong background in biology, chemistry, and physics is advisable since the course of study in the professional school is a science curriculum.
Virtually all professional schools require the following undergraduate courses:
- a minimum of 8 credits in biology
- a minimum of 16 credits in chemistry (8 credits in general chemistry and 8 credits in organic chemistry)
- a minimum of 8 credits in physics
Additional courses in biology (e.g., comparative anatomy), chemistry (biochemistry, physical chemistry,) and mathematics through Calculus II are highly recommended. Since the professional schools also are seeking students with well-rounded academic backgrounds, study in the humanities and social sciences is highly recommended.
In the spring or second semester of their junior year, students should apply to be evaluated by the Pre-medical Committee. As a part of this evaluation students must submit a written statement explaining their background and professional goals, which might aid the committee in making an evaluation. Students are interviewed by the committee during the latter part of the spring semester. The committee then makes its evaluation and recommendation, and forwards it to those schools to which the student intends to apply.
Interested students should contact the secretary in the Chemistry Department for further information.
Jiongdong Pang, Pre-Medical Committee chairperson
Phone: (203) 392-6272
Office: Jennings 323
Department Secretary: (203) 392-6260