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Premedical Programs

About Premedical Programs Majors

The Bachelor of Science degree in Premedicine or Predentistry prepares students for entry into professional schools of medicine, dentistry, physician assistant, veterinary medicine and other health professions.


  • Biomedical science curriculum which meets requirements for health professional school admission
  • Provides students with required clinical experience in the Dayton area
  • Includes 15-18 semester hours for self-designed study

Courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics comprise the science core of the major. A complement of humanities and social sciences courses are also required. They provide students with a well-rounded curriculum that satisfies the typical entry requirements of post undergraduate health care training.

Both degrees offer a flexible curriculum that can be tailored to suit personal interests and career aspirations. 

Program details

Students can select to major in Premedicine or Predentistry as part of their initial application for admission. Students that have been accepted into the Premedicine or Predentistry programs will begin to immediately work toward their degree requirements upon matriculation that first year.

Benefits to entering UD as a Premedicine or Predentistry include:

  • Enrollment in a first year orientation section which focuses on the needs of students who intend to apply to a health professional school.
  • Being assigned to a Premedical Programs advisor.
  • Being seamlessly connected to services provided by the Pre-Health Resource Center.

Current UD students can transfer into the Premedicine or Predentistry major if they are currently in a different major and meet the following requirements:

  • Complete general chemistry lecture and lab sequence (CHM 123, CHM 123L, CHM 124, CHM 124L)
  • Complete introductory biology lecture and lab sequence (BIO 151, BIO 151L, BIO 152, BIO 152L)
  • Obtain a 3.0 cumulative GPA for the general chemistry and introductory biology sequence.

Current UD students interested in transferring into the Premedicine or Predentistry major need to schedule a meeting with the Premedical Programs Director in order to initiate this process.

The curriculum may be characterized as an interdisciplinary science major with emphasis in Biology and Chemistry.

In completing the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Premedicine or Predentistry, a student can meet all of the entrance requirements for the health professional school of their choice while still retaining the greatest possible latitude in selecting science and non-science courses of personal interest.

Required Science Courses

  • General Biology: Concepts of Biology I: Cellular & Molecular Biology (BIO 151), Concepts of Biology Laboratory I: Cellular & Molecular Biology (BIO 151L), Concepts of Biology II: Evolution & Ecology (BIO 152), Concepts of Biology Laboratory II: Evolution & Ecology (BIO 152L)
  • General Chemistry: General Chemistry (CHM 123), General Chemistry Laboratory (CHM 123L), General Chemistry (CHM 124), General Chemistry Laboratory (CHM 124L)
  • General Physics: College Physics (PHY 201), College Physics Laboratory (PHY 201L), General Physics (PHY 202), General Physics Laboratory (PHY 202L)
  • Organic Chemistry: Organic Chemistry (CHM 313), Organic Chemistry Laboratory (CHM 313L), Organic Chemistry (CHM 314), Organic Chemistry Laboratory (CHM 314L)
  • Calculus: Introductory Calculus (MTH 148), Introductory Calculus II (MTH 149)
  • Statistics: Introduction to Statistics (MTH 207), Statistical Methods I (MTH 367), or Elementary Statistics (PSY 216)
  • Biochemistry: Biochemistry (CHM 420), Biochemistry Laboratory (CHM 420L)
  • Biomedical Science Electives: five lectures and two labs of the following or as approved by the Program Director:  Comparative Anatomy of the Vertebrates (BIO 309), Comparative Anatomy Laboratory (BIO 309L), General Genetics (BIO 312), Genetics Laboratory (BIO 312L), Physiology (BIO 403), Physiology Laboratory (BIO 403L), Physiology II (BIO 404), General Microbiology (BIO 411), General Microbiology Laboratory (BIO 411L), Neurobiology (BIO 415), Immunology (BIO 427), Analysis & Interpretation of Biological Data (BIO 439), Cell Biology (BIO 440), Developmental Biology (BIO 442), Evolution & Development (BIO 445), Molecular Biology (BIO 462), Biology of Infectious Disease (BIO 466), Cancer Biology (BIO 470), Human Anatomy (BIO 475), Principles of Microscopy (BIO 480), Quantitative Analysis (CHM 201), Physical Chemistry (CHM 302), Medicinal Chemistry (CHM 427), General Biochemistry I (CHM 451), General Biochemistry II (CHM 452)

Required Non-Science Courses

  • CAP: All Common Academic Program (CAP) requirements and successful completion of Pre-Medicine Capstone (MED 480)
  • English: one upper level course
  • Social Sciences: three courses

The Premedical and Predental majors are identical, differing only in the stated intention of the student. 

The Premedical Program offers a minor in Medicine and Society which can compliment any Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree and is well-suited for students interested in exploring social and anthropological issues related to medicine and healthcare.

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MED 480 is the Premedicine and Predentistry capstone course. It is offered in the spring semester and required for graduation. It focuses on reflection and analysis of a clinical experience such as the international medical brigade, premedical community experience, HELP, or predental community experience.

Prerequisites: MED 210 or MED 220 or MED 230 or MED 339

  • 82%

    Medical school acceptance rate in 2023. 75% acceptance rate over the past five years.

  • 100%

    Dental school acceptance rate in 2023. 76% acceptance rate over the past five years.

  • 70%

    Physician assistant school acceptance rate in 2023. 65% acceptance rate over the past five years.

Support for premedical majors

UD's Pre-Health Resource Center (PHRC) offers a variety of support for premedical students including:

  • Targeted academic advising
  • Career exploration
  • Preparation for professional school application
  • Clinical, research and community health experience 

Interested in learning about Premedical Programs?

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Premedical Programs

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300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2361