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Pre-Dentistry/Pre-Medicine/Pre-Veterinary Information

Career Opportunities

Students preparing to go into dentistry, medicine or veterinary medicine take many of the same entry courses. These suggested courses should aid students in preparing for medical fields, but successful completion of these courses does not ensure entry into professional schools. A student usually must earn a bachelor's degree in any area of interest before being considered by a professional school. Final acceptance by a professional school is based on analysis of previous college work, special entrance examinations and other criteria.

All pre-professional areas in this program guide require two years of chemistry, one year of physics, and one to two years of biology/zoology. A student's mathematics skills should extend through a minimum of Mathematics 1432, Trigonometry. Students should begin the appropriate course sequences as soon as practical.

The professional fields of dentistry, medicine and veterinary medicine are well known for their social, psychological, economic and essential benefits to both patient and practitioner. Entry into professional schools is very competitive; successful entrants will have superior character and excellent performance in courses and admissions tests.

Program Requirements



If you are considering this program as an area of study, consult with a faculty member in this field.

Jason Adams

(630) 942-2272

Barbara Anderson
(630) 942-2347

Kathleen Finan

(630) 942-3726

Julie Gibbs, Ph.D.

(630) 942-2262

Nancy Kett

Biology, Anatomy and Physiology
(630) 942-2134

James Ludden

Biology, Anatomy and Physiology
(630) 942-4073

Karen Persky

Biology, Microbiology
(630) 942-3932

Lynda Randa

Biology, Botany
(630) 942-2706

Thomas Ruehlmann, Ph.D.

Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Zoology
(630) 942-3064


Contact Information

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Division
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2E06
(630) 942-3210