Pre-Health Professions Advising

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Undergraduate Programs

The mission of Pre-Health Professions Advising at the University of San Francisco is to guide, motivate, and support students and alumni who are preparing for health professional careers.

USF alumni enter into various health professional programs after graduation, including medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, veterinary medicine, physician assistant, physical therapy and more.

Planning your pre-health course prerequisites is an important first step in preparing for health professional programs. While most pre-health students major in biology, it is not necessary or advantageous to do so. It is important to choose a major that reflects your particular interests, abilities, and strengths.

Common Pre-Health Requirements

Course Units Offered
BIOL 105 General Biology I Lecture/Lab 4 Fall, Spring, Summer
BIOL 106 General Biology II Lecture/Lab 4 Fall, Spring, Summer
CHEM 111/112 General Chemistry I Lecture/Lab 3/1 Fall, Summer
CHEM 113/114 General Chemistry II Lecture/Lab 3/1 Spring, Summer
CHEM 230/232 Organic Chemistry I Lecture/Lab 3/1 Fall, Summer
CHEM 231/234 Organic Chemistry II Lecture/Lab 4/1 Spring, Summer (LAB – Spring only)
PHYS 100/100L Intro to Physics I Lecture/Lab 4 Fall
PHYS 101/101L Intro to Physics II Lecture/Lab 4 Spring

Most programs require or recommend at least one semester of biochemistry.

Check with each individual health professions program regarding its particular requirements. Most programs will have additional requirements in biology, chemistry, mathematics/statistics, psychology, sociology, and economics.

Committee Letter

USF Pre-Health Professions Advising offers a committee letter to applicants applying to dental and medical school. More than just a letter, this process allows applicants the opportunity to receive significant feedback on their application before submission.

It is not necessary to use a committee letter for other health professional areas. While this is an optional service, it is in the student's best interest to take advantage of this resource.

Contact Info

Marie Dutton, MSEd Director, Pre-Health Professions Advising