Sep 21, 2023  
2021-2022 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Pre-Medicine Interdisciplinary Specialization

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Go to information for Pre-Medicine Programs at SFU .

Department Contact:

Coordinator: Dr. Susan Reimer,, 814-472-3086

Program Description:

The Pre-Medicine Interdisciplinary Specialization is designed for students intending to pursue medical careers. Students choose this specialization to gain experience and guidance toward a medical career while pursuing their choice of major. Alternatively, students may major in a program that has a dedicated pre-medicine concentration, as found in Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Exercise Physiology, or the Public Health majors. All of these programs, including the interdisciplinary specialization, will meet the minimum prerequisites for most professional schools: one year each of biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, and mathematics through calculus. Students in a Pre-Medicine Interdisciplinary Specialization will be guided by the Pre-Medicine Coordinator (the Chair of Biology or her/his designee), who is a member of the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions. The Coordinator will act as a co-advisor to assist students seeking admission to medical, dental, optometry, and veterinary schools. Pre-Medicine students will gain practical experience, typically through shadowing, before the second semester of their junior year and prepare for the entrance exam required of applicants in their field. The Saint Francis University Pre-Medicine program emphasizes attentive faculty support and advising of students, rigorous academic preparation, undergraduate research opportunities that expand student skillsets and set them apart. As a result, graduates of the program have successfully completed their medical programs and moved into careers as dentists, optometrists, physicians, psychiatrists, surgeons, veterinarians, and other medical professions.

Total Credits Required: 

54 credits for the interdisciplinary specialization

Major Requirements: N/A

Refer to specific requirements of student’s major.


Pre-medical students are encouraged to participate in an undergraduate research project in the science area.

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