Health Science

Health Science Preparation

Preparation for a health science career begins with your undergraduate education. The Pre Med term is only a descriptive label. Students may choose a B.S. or B.A. degree in any area of study and also complete the prerequisite courses required for professional school.

Careers in the health professions demand more than just achievement in the life sciences. Maturity, compassion, leadership, ethical practice, integrity, communication skills, and knowledge of health care policy are essential for the health-care professional.

Math placement requirement based on ACT score and how students are placed into the appropriate course.


Preparation for medical, pharmacy, dental, optometry, or veterinary medicine school begins with your undergraduate education. Terms such as pre-medicine or pre-dental are only descriptive labels. Students may choose a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in any area of study and also complete the prerequisite courses required for professional school.

Professional and health science graduate programs/schools usually require a set of prerequisite courses for admission. The prerequisite course requirements vary from profession to profession and from school to school, but most professional schools of medicine, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, optometry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, public health, and dentistry require or recommend a combination of the following courses:


Professional School Prerequisite

Possible Courses at UMD

One year of Biology with lab

General Biology I & II (BIOL 1011 and BIOL 1012)

One year of General Chemistry with lab

General Chemistry I & II (CHEM 1153/1154) and (CHEM 1155/1156)

One semester or year of Organic Chemistry with lab

Organic Chemistry I & II  (CHEM 2541/2543) and (CHEM 2542/2544)

Four semesters Life Sciences (biology, botany, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics, parasitology, physics & zoology)

Also recommended: (two courses upper division) Biochemistry, ethics, genetics, microbiology/immunology, physics, psychology, seminar-type courses/small group discourse

College level Math and Statistics

Calculus I (MATH 1290 or 1296)

Statistics (STAT 1411, 2411, 3411, 3611, ECON 2030, PSY 2020, or 3020)

One year of English

College Writing (WRIT 1120), either Advanced Writing: Science (WRIT 3150) or English 3xxx or higher level course

Behavioral Sciences, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Courses from anthropology, arts, history, philosophy, psychology, sociology, etc.

Often recommended courses depending upon professional school

Anatomy, Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, Genetics, Microbiology, Physiology