Pre-Medicine

Professor Obringer teaching students about human anatomy.

Are you ready to dedicate your life to helping others through medical treatment, advice, and compassion? Applying to medical school is a very competitive process, so it’s important to pick an undergraduate program with a proven track record of success. We will academically prepare you to succeed in the top medical schools in the region. USF students consistently excel in graduate school, often finishing at the top of their classes.


Program Levels

Bachelor of Science in Biology Pre-Medicine – USF offers a four-year Pre-Medicine program. In addition, USF has an articulation agreement with Marian University, which offers a quicker interview and acceptance process.


Academic Roadmap

The academic roadmap will give you a general idea of what each year will be like. Each program has specific degree requirements and the curriculum plans offer a year-by-year breakdown of courses.

Freshman

In your first year of study, you will receive a quality, basic science and liberal arts education. These classes prepare you for upper-division science courses. During this year, you will gain an appreciation for the beauty and biodiversity of all living things.

Core Courses
  • Principles of Biology
  • Principles of Chemistry

Sophomore

During your second year, your science coursework will increase your knowledge of genetic, molecular, biochemical, and physiological processes. Starting your second year, you will be challenged to understand complex, integrated pathways. You’ll study primary biological and medical research, participate in human cadaver dissection, and complete original research.

Core Courses
  • Microbiology
  • Organic Chemistry

Junior

In your third year, you will have the option to complete clinical experience through a medical mission course or summer internships through USF. Because becoming a physician requires much more than scientific knowledge, we encourage students to learn more about their chosen field through job shadowing or working/volunteering in a clinical environment. Medical school applications also favor competent leaders and people who care about their community. We will mentor you through those opportunities both on campus and off campus.

Core Courses
  • Comparative Anatomy
  • Physics

Senior

Throughout your education at USF, your pre-medical advisor will guide you in your consideration of allopathic or osteopathic medical school choice, development of your medical school application materials, and MCAT preparation. In all, we strive to develop you as student who will be competitive for medical school and ultimately a person who will engage in life-long learning.

Core Courses
  • Senior Capstone
  • Biochemistry

Learn by Doing

As part of your education, you will be connected with opportunities to work in medical facilities to sharpen skills and get hands-on experience. You will also learn to demonstrate leadership among your peers and use your compassion for your community to help others. Our cadaver lab provides a unique learning experience at an undergraduate level, as most students studying anatomy do not experience real cadavers until graduate school. You will also practice in our on-campus labs and have the opportunity to visit developing countries to observe primary healthcare in unique settings.


Students and faculty from USF in Haiti outside medical care hospital.

Outside the Classroom

For one course, students have the chance to travel to Haiti to experience how healthcare operates in a very different setting than here in the United States. Students will not only study diseases and their effects in our on-campus labs, but also travel to Haiti and work with local doctors. Doctors who studied in the same classes here at USF before taking their skills to help others in developing countries.

We also help you find internships, which look great on medical school applications. USF has a great reputation in region’s medical industry. It helps us connect our students with working professionals.


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