Choosing a pre-medical focus

Science Focus

Pre-Med – Biology: Biology traditionally provided the basic foundation for medicine, exposing students to the wide variety concepts inherit to the "study of life". With the advent of biotechnology, biology offers students the opportunity to focus technological breakthroughs in such areas as genetics, cell biology, and physiology into their medical pursuits.

Pre-Med – Biochemistry: Biochemistry focuses on the chemistry of molecules essential for life. This includes the molecules of the human body, the processes these molecules undergo to sustain life and the changes that occur in these molecules when a disease occurs. Physicians need a good foundation in biochemistry to understand the molecular basis of disease.

Pre-Med – Chemistry: The study of chemistry emphasizes analytical skills and critical thinking with regard to the molecular world. The study of the structure and reactions of molecules allows a future physician to understand the relationships between drugs used to treat disease and the human body.

Pre-Physician Assistant - Biology:  A physician assistant (PA) is a person who assists a physician in his or her practice of medicine.  The duties of physician assistants are as varied as the subspecialties they practice.

Technical Focus

Pre-Med – Engineering: The advancements of technologies in medicine are vast and ever expanding, including robotic surgery, artificial limbs and organs, and advanced imaging and monitoring systems. Doctors of the future will not only use such technologies, but many will modify or develop new systems to meet the needs of their patients. In addition, engineers develop excellent problem-solving capabilities – and diagnosing and treating patients is a lot like problem solving. Students in the pre-med engineering track program can concentrate in either general/mechanical engineering or electrical engineering. Interested in what courses you might take, check out the Course Requirements Guide for this track.

Information Focus

Pre-Med - Computer Science: As sophisticated information and computing technologies play ever increasing roles in health care, and data from medical research and genome projects expands exponentially, medical professionals with a technical background are extremely valuable. A degree in computer science provides the pre-medical student with a variety of technical skills for leveraging the role of software in medicine.

Pre-Med - Mathematics: As the complexities of medicine increase and treatments are personalized through customized genetic or drug treatments, medical professionals are called upon to solve complex problems, think critically, and derive meaning out of large amounts of data. The flexibility of requirements for a degree in mathematics allows students to foster and demonstrate these important skills while completing other pre-medical requirements.