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.
REQUIRED COURSES for pre-med major:
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.
- Pre-medicine major beginning odd year
- Biology and pre-medicine beginning odd year
- Chemistry and pre-medicine beginning odd year
- 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 schools.
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.