Medical School Preparation - Prospective Pre Med

Medical School – Preparation

Prospective Pre-Med Information

What constitutes a “Pre-Med” major at University of San Francisco?
Students may choose to complete their pre-medical or other pre-health science requirements as a part of, or in addition to, the requirements of any academic major. Applicants are encouraged to choose a major that reflects their own general curiosity or interest in case they decide not to pursue a career in health in the future.

What Premedical Services does USF offer that will help me to be a successful medical school applicant?
While there is no specific premedical advisor at USF, Pre-Professional Health Committee (PPHC) that can help guide and recommend students to professional health schools, primarily medical and dental schools, but including pharmacy, optometry, veterinary medicine and podiatry. PPHC is optional, but is strongly encouraged. There are also numerous campus organizations at USF that can provide helpful information and resources to premedical students (see Resources).

Why should I go to USF when other schools have specific medical programs that might be more advantageous?
USF offers a renowned academic community that provides many opportunities for personal and professional enrichment such as research with premier faculty, programs that link students to internships and volunteer opportunities, and a tight knit educational environment that works to prepare students for the academic rigors of medical school. Additionally, the number of students admitted to medical schools from the University of San Francisco surpasses the national average by more than 20 percent.

What education pathway will I have to go through in pursuing a medical education?
The lower division science course requirements for medical (including podiatry), dental, pharmacy, and veterinary schools generally include:

  • General Biology, two semesters, lecture/lab
  • General Chemistry, two semesters, lecture/lab
  • General Physics, two semesters, lecture/lab (may be non-Calculus based courses)
  • Organic Chemistry, two semesters, lecture/lab
  • Biochemistry, 3 units, lecture

Other highly recommended courses include: Analytical Chemistry (required for pharmacy schools), Calculus (at least one semester strongly recommended by most schools), Genetics, Cell Physiology, Human Anatomy, Physiology, and Health Studies.