Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology - Pre-Med

Do you dream of becoming a medical doctor?  Do you see yourself working in a hospital, doing surgery, treating patients old and young, and helping to promote good health?  If so, then your path could likely take you to medical school. The Biology department offers several degree tracks to prepare students for all doctoral-granting health professions programs including medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, podiatry, chiropractic medicine, and veterinary medicine. For nearly thirty years, UT Permian Basin has boasted a highly successful acceptance rate into these programs, averaging 70%, which is twice the acceptance rate of Texas colleges and universities as a whole. 

Medical schools in Texas (this list is not exhaustive)

Most medical schools have essentially the same minimum undergraduate prerequisites. The following are UT Permian Basin courses you should consider working into your degree plan with one of our academic advisors. Those courses include:

ENGL 1301 Composition I
ENGL 1302 Composition II

CHEM 1311/1111 General Chemistry I/General Chemistry Lab I
CHEM 1312/1112 General Chemistry I/General Chemistry Lab I
CHEM 3411/3113 Organic Chemistry I/Experimental Organic Lab I
CHEM 3412/3114 Organic Chemistry II/Experimental Organic Lab II

PHYS 1301/1101 University Physics I/ University Physics I Laboratory
PHYS 1302/1102 University Physics II/ University Physics II Laboratory

MATH 2413 Calculus I
MATH 3301 Statistics or PSYC 3301 Intro to Statistics

Prerequisites for a sample of Texas medical schools (this list is not exhaustive)

Studying for the MCAT

The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) is the test that can make or break you. You simply cannot get into medical school without it.

With roughly 25 test dates a year, the MCAT challenges your core knowledge of the classes medical schools require. MCAT prep can be a second full-time job. If you are a full-time student you will need a solid and committed plan to prepare.

Online MCAT Courses, one-on-one private tutoring, and self-studying are just a few ways to prepare for the MCAT.

Applying to Med School

The eight public medical schools in Texas are all served through one central application service - Texas Medical and Dental School Application Service (TMDSAS). Access the TMDSAS website

UTPB has a successful Joint Admission Medical School Program that helps economically disadvantaged students compete successfully for admission to medical school. To learn more, contact UTPB JAMP Campus Director, Dr. Doug Spence.

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