Pre-Medical Science, B.S.

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The pre-medical science major provides you with an understanding of select areas of biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics, most specifically related to career preparation in some medical fields, including Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy.

The major is designed to guide you through the optimal coursework required for the majority of medical schools. However, it is not necessary to choose the major to be eligible for medical school. In fact, most medical school students are initially graduates with majors in biology or chemistry. The pre-medical science major also meets the undergraduate course requirements of most dental, veterinarian and other health profession schools.

Please note that the pre-medical science major is not the same as the medical studies major.

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    Learning Inside & Outside the Classroom

    In addition to extensive laboratory experience through all of the biology courses, there are many opportunities for pre-medical science students to learn and develop skills inside and outside of the classroom.

    • Research & Scholarship

      As a major, you are required to complete an independent research project — performing all aspects of scientific discovery from data collection and observation to experimentation and evaluation — and present your findings to faculty and peers.

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    • Student Activities & Organizations

      The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics hosts the Steelman Lecture Series through which renowned scientists and scientific writers are invited to speak to the campus and surrounding community.

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    • Internships, Careers & Graduate Study

      You may choose to participate in an internship available through area hospitals, laboratories, physician and dental offices, veterinarian clinics, as well as science centers. Work-study opportunities are also available on campus, through which you can gain valuable experience serving as lab and/or faculty assistant.

      Career and graduate school nights are also held annually. These events feature former students and respected professionals in the field who speak with current students, offering information and guidance about various career options.

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    Estefanny Villar-Matamoros

    My experience as a science major is something that I will cherish forever. The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at LR is amazing and the faculty uphold that standard through and through.

    Estefanny Villar-Matamoros '20, Pre-Medical Science

    Major Requirements

    The Pre-Medical Science major gives students an understanding of selected areas of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics. This major meets the undergraduate course requirements of most medical, dental, and some other health profession schools, including Physician Assistant Schools. A Pre-Medical Science major earns a B.S. degree.


    Students majoring in Pre Medical Science judged qualified by the faculty may, upon invitation, pursue honors work in Biology. To graduate "With Honors in Biology," students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a minimum major GPA of 3.2. They must complete BIO 390 and BIO 391 in the junior year and Biology 490 and 491 in the senior year with a minimum grade of "B" in each course. In addition, they must present the research at a seminar before the Biology faculty. BIO 390, BIO 391, 490, and 491 may count for BIO 400 and 4hrs of general elective for the B.S. degree.

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