This major is designed as one option for students who plan to pursue medical school or related health programs such as dentistry and optometry. Some medical schools require specific science courses while others have few specific requirements. The courses listed below are those most often expected by medical schools, and they provide a broad science preparation that should help the student perform well on health-profession aptitude exams. However, medical schools do not require a pre-medicine major, and most Bluffton University students who have entered health professions have majored in biology or chemistry or both.

A student majoring in chemistry or biology has post-graduation options as a chemist or as a biologist if he or she elects not to enter the health professions whereas a student majoring in pre-medicine has fewer options. Therefore pre-health-profession students should carefully consider all options before choosing a particular major. Science professors are prepared to help students examine these options.
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(69 hours)
Chemistry courses:
CEM 121 General Inorganic Chemistry 1 (5) satisfies Scientific Inquiry competency
CEM 122 General Inorganic Chemistry 2 (5)
CEM 221 Organic Chemistry 1 (4)
CEM 222 Organic Chemistry 2 (4)
CEM 230 Analytical Chemistry (4)
CEM 326 Physical Chemistry 1 (5)
CEM 341 Biochemistry (3)

Physics courses:
PHY 211 Physics for Science and Engineering 1 (5)
PHY 212 Physics for Science and Engineering 2 (5)

Biology courses:
BIO 230 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 (4) satisfies Critical Analysis competency
BIO 231 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 (4)
BIO 301 Microbiology (4)
BIO 303 Genetics (4)
BIO 315 Immunology (3)

Mathematics courses:
MAT 135 Calculus 1 (5)
MAT 136 Calculus 2 (5)

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