Pre-Medicine: Biology (BS)

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If you’re planning a career in medicine, USF’s Pre-Medical Biology program will give you a distinct advantage: the blend of relevant academics and real-world experience will make you a strong candidate for medical school. USF graduates are regularly accepted into top medical schools.

Our Pre-Medical curriculum provides a solid academic foundation in biology, chemistry, microbiology, organic chemistry, anatomy, physics, and biochemistry — the courses medical schools look for in candidates.

Build Skills through Experience

Your study and exploration of human health will move out of the classroom and into the world as you develop hands-on experience and connect with working professionals.

Work in new and updated labs!

Intern with local physicians: Because of USF’s long-standing affiliation with hospitals and local healthcare organizations, we secure quality internship experiences for our students.

Complete a Clinical Experience: Medical schools seek applicants with compassion and experience. You can complete a summer internship or a medical mission trip, like USF’s annual trip to Haiti.

Students enrolled in our Primary Health Care in a Developing Country course travel to Haiti with USF professors and alumni physicians. There, they experience the practice of medicine in a developing country, as well as work in a hospital, orphanage, and other settings with professionals from various humanitarian organizations.

Personal Support and Guidance

Your pre-medical advisor will work with you to:

  • Determine the best choice of medical schools and programs
  • Develop your medical school application materials
  • Keep you on track with your Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) preparation

Academic Plan

An academic plan is a general blueprint showing how one might complete the degree, semester by semester.

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Career Outlook & Success

100%

Percentage of USF Biology majors who applied to medical school and have been accepted over the past 2 years.

$208,000

Median pay per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

13%

Expected job growth for physicians and surgeons by 2026

Pre-Medical to M.D. with Marian University!

USF’s partnership with Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine gives USF students two options for expedited admission: early acceptance or a guaranteed interview.

Career Success

Recent graduate of our Pre-Med Biology program have attended the following medical schools:

  • Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Indiana University School of Optometry
  • Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine
  • Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Midwestern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • National University of Health Sciences, Chiropractic Medicine
  • Palmer College of Chiropractic

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Program Director

John Zimmerman, Ph.D.
jzimmerman@sf.edu
260-399-7700 ext. 8241