Pre-Health Sciences (i.e. Pre-Med, Pre-Dent, etc.) is not a major, it is a series of classes taken by students interested in pursuing graduate studies in the health sciences. A science major is not required for adequate preparation for the MCAT or DAT (standardized tests required for health science graduate admissions).
Students intending to major in the sciences or follow a pre-health science track must be strong in science and math. To ensure your readiness for this type of study, you should have completed the following in high school:
- 3 years of science
- 4 years of math (through at least pre-calculus level)
- no less than a B in any science or math course
Students majoring in an area outside of the sciences while following a pre-health science track may begin the science courses sophomore year. This time line allows students to get started in the major before taking on the heavy science load, and still allows adequate preparation for graduate admission exams in late spring of the junior year.
Furthermore, you should understand that once you begin the pre-health science track (whether in your freshman or sophomore year) you will be taking at least two science courses most semesters for at least two years.
Some pre-health science track students will take one or more of the following courses first semester:
- BIOL 105 & 105L Information Flow for Biological Systems and Lab
- CHEM 101 & 101L General Chemistry and Lab
- PHYS 101, 101L, & 101R General Physics, Lab and Recitation
For program information and course descriptions, please visit the on-line Undergraduate Catalogue. You will follow the 2013-14 Undergraduate Catalogue - this is your contract with the University, and vis versa. Be sure to review the information in the 13-14 catalogue when it becomes available (the catalogue is still under review, and should be posted to the website this summer). Until then, please refer to the 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalogue, as much of the information is the same.
What other courses are required of GU students? Learn more about core requirements.