Pre-medicine major

A pre-medicine major will prepare you for medical school. It combines chemistry, biology and physics courses and is a good plan to follow if you are quite sure about attending medical school. However, upon graduation you will be several courses short of either a biology or chemistry degree. If you then elect not to attend medical school, your employment options are uncertain.

Medical schools do not require a pre-medicine major and most Bluffton students who have entered health professions have majored in biology or chemistry or both.

Zac Nobis

Zac Nobis ’22, a biology major from Bryan, Ohio, is making the most of his Bluffton University experience—both in the classroom and on the football field.

“Being a science major and keeping up with labs means I’m a little busier doing academics, but I love every second of it,” said Nobis. 

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Courses totaling 70 semester hours are required for the pre-medicine major and are pulled from the chemistry, physics, biology and mathematics majors. 

Guildlines to complete the pre-medicine major in four years for students beginning fall 2019 and after.

  • Dentistry
  • Optometry
  • Chiropractic
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Pharmaceutical research

Admission to professional schools after college typically requires good performance on an exam such as the Medical College Aptitude Test (MCAT) or the Dental College Aptitude Test (DCAT), a good GPA and good performance in specific chemistry, physics and biology courses. Students who have completed science degrees at Bluffton with GPA of B+ or better have had nearly 100 percent success rates for acceptance into medical school.

A university endowment funded by Dr. John Kraft, class of 1958, provides a $5,000 loan/grant to a graduating senior who enrolls in and completes one full year of medical school.

This financial support is awarded in the form of a loan that is cancelled upon completion of the first year of medical school. Recipients are chosen by a faculty award selection committee in consultation with the academic dean.

Interested students should contact the pre-med program advisor for more information or to apply for this award.


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Grants of $3,000 are available to students who are Ohio residents and a female or ethnic minority in STEM, or a male in nursing. Must be accepted to Bluffton University by Dec. 1.

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Dr. David Yost '83

In 2015, Dr. Yost was appointed to the CDC on-call team of experienced infectious disease experts to track Ebola in the U.S.