Pre-dentistry, Pre-medicine, Pre-optometry, Pre-veterinary Medicine

Grade Requirements

With the proper selection of elective courses, students who major in biology or chemistry are prepared for post-graduate study in medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, and optometry.

Pre-dentistry

A student who has completed a bachelor of science in biology or chemistry with a GPA of "B" or better, may be recommended to a dental school. Information may be obtained from the American Dental Association (www.ada.org), 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678. (312) 440-2500.

Pre-medicine

A student who has completed a bachelor of science in biology or chemistry with a GPA of "B" or better, may be recommended to a medical college. Preparation for application to medical school should begin in the first year and continue throughout the undergraduate years. Preparation involves a continuous review of material covered in all science courses. Such review is imperative for a satisfactory performance on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) which is required by most medical schools. The MCAT should be taken in the fall and/or spring of the junior year.

Students should be aware of the requirements specific to the medical school they wish to attend. This information may be obtained from the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association (www.ama-assn.org), 535 North Dearborn Street, 515 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60610. (800) 621-8335.

Pre-optometry

A student who has completed a bachelor of science in biology or chemistry with a GPA of "B" or better, may be recommended to a school of optometry. Information may be obtained from the American Optometric Association (www.aoa.org), 243 North Lindbergh Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63141. (800) 365-2219.

Pre-veterinary Medicine

A student who has completed a bachelor of science in biology or chemistry with a GPA of "B" or better, may be recommended to a veterinary school. Information may be obtained from the American Veterinary Medical Association (www.avma.org), 1931 North Meacham Road, Suite 100, Schaumberg, IL 60173. (847) 925-8070.