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Pathway to Medical, Dental, Pharmacy, or Veterinary School


Students intending to pursue a career in the fields of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, or veterinary medicine should work closely with their advisor and transfer institution to select appropriate transfer courses. Most students pursuing these careers work towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology or Chemistry prior to applying to medical/dental/pharmacy/veterinary school. The following courses are generally required in the State of Texas for admission to these programs:

  • Biology
    16 hours as a science major with labs
  • Chemistry
    16 hours as a science major with labs
  • English
    6 to 8 hours college level courses
  • Mathematics
    3 to 6 hours (calculus or statistics)
  • Physics
    8 hours as a science major with labs

After the completion of a Baccalaureate Degree, students desiring admission into a medical, dental, pharmacy, or veterinary school must meet score requirements on entrance exams such as the MCAT, GRE, or other field-related exams. In addition to admission test scores, professional programs base their acceptance of students on criteria such as:

  • GPA
  • Motivation
  • Diverse experiences in community service; work experience or volunteer service in a related field
  • Leadership skills

For more information about these careers, contact an advisor or the Dean of Science, Kinesiology, and PASS.