Pre-Medicine, Pre-Dentistry Programs, and Other Pre-Professional Health Tracks in the College of Arts and Sciences

A student planning to apply for medical, dental, or any of the other pre-health profession schools will receive advising from both an advisor in their major as well as the Chief Health Professions Advisor. The role of the advisor in their major is to ensure the student fulfills the requirements for the chosen major. The major advisor is the student’s primary advisor and should be consulted early and often. The Chief Health Professions Advisor is available to help a student make important choices regarding extra-curricular activities, the medical school application process and choice of medical school.

Medical, dental and other pre-health professional schools do not recommend any one major for a student. Nor is there one field, which will give you an advantage. Instead, those schools look for a rigorous arts and sciences education containing a strong emphasis in science and mathematics. Select a major that you not only enjoy and have a passion for but one that will demand excellence in critical thinking, expository and persuasive writing, oral communication, critical reading, research and organization. Also, seek out a curriculum that requires research papers, substantial reading, laboratory experiences, essay exams and oral presentations. Some of the more common majors chosen are biology, chemistry, chemistry-biochemistry, mathematics, engineering, English, and psychology.

You should plan your academic program so that minimum pre-professional admission requirements are completed by the time you apply to professional school –– normally the summer following your junior year. This timing will place you in the most advantageous position for both your application and the admissions exam (DAT, MCAT, PCAT, VCAT, etc.).

Required courses may not be taken Pass/Fail. A grade of "C" or better (or AP credit) is required in each course used to meet dental/medical school admission requirements. (Admission to professional schools is very competitive. As a result, it is imperative that you consistently perform well academically.)

Following are the UT Tyler courses which meet minimum admission requirements for dental/medical schools in Texas

(Please refer to the College of Arts and Science website for example prerequisites for other pre-professional health tracks like pharmacy, veterinary medicine, physician's assistant, etc.)

Biology: 15-16 sem. hrs (must contain a minimum of 2 sem. hrs of lab)

General Biology: 8 sem. hrs. (Including Lab)

Students are urged to begin taking general biology during the freshman year because many of the required science courses have general biology prerequisites.

BIOL 1306General Biology I [TCCN: BIOL 1306]

BIOL 1106General Biology I Laboratory [TCCN: BIOL 1106]

BIOL 1307General Biology II [TCCN: BIOL 1307]

BIOL 1107General Biology II Laboratory [TCCN: BIOL 1107]

Other Biology Courses: 7-8 sem. hrs (Including Lab)

Choose two of the following.

BIOL 3332Genetics

BIOL 3133Genetics Laboratory

BIOL 4300Microbiology

BIOL 4101Microbiology Laboratory

BIOL 3334Cell Biology

BIOL 3134Cell Biology Laboratory


BIOL 4302Cell and Molecular Biology

BIOL 4102Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory

BIOL 3343Physiology

BIOL 3144Physiology Laboratory

BIOL 4350Immunology

Chemistry: 20 sem. hrs. – General, Organic and Biochemistry

General Chemistry: 8 sem. hrs (Including Lab)

Students are urged to begin taking general chemistry during the freshman year because many of the required science courses have general chemistry prerequisites.

CHEM 1311General Chemistry I [TCCN: CHEM 1311]

CHEM 1111General Chemistry I Laboratory [TCCN: CHEM 1111]

CHEM 1312General Chemistry II [TCCN: CHEM 1312]

CHEM 1112General Chemistry II Laboratory [TCCN: CHEM 1112]

Organic Chemistry: 8 sem. hours (Including Lab)

CHEM 3342Organic Chemistry I

CHEM 3143Organic Chemistry I Laboratory

CHEM 3344Organic Chemistry II

CHEM 3145Organic Chemistry II Laboratory

Biochemistry: 4 hours

CHEM 4334Biochemistry I

CHEM 4135Biochemistry I Laboratory

Physics: 8 sem. hrs. – Choose one of the appropriate sequences

Sequence for premedical students majoring in chemistry, chemistry-biochemistry, or engineering

PHYS 2325University Physics I [TCCN: PHYS 2325]

PHYS 2125University Physics I Laboratory [TCCN: PHYS 2125]


PHYS 2326University Physics II [TCCN: PHYS 2326]

PHYS 2126University Physics II Laboratory [TCCN: PHYS 2126]

Sequence for premedical students not majoring in chemistry, chemistry-biochemistry, or engineering

PHYS 1301College Physics I [TCCN: PHYS 1301]

PHYS 1101College Physics I Laboratory [TCCN: PHYS 1101]


PHYS 1302College Physics II [TCCN: PHYS 1302]

PHYS 1102College Physics II Laboratory [TCCN: PHYS 1102]

Mathematics: 7 sem. hrs. – Calculus and Statistics

Required Courses

MATH 2413Calculus I [TCCN: MATH 2413]

MATH 1342Statistics [TCCN: MATH 1342]

(The statistics course must be offered in Department of Mathematics.)

English: 6 sem. hrs.

Required Courses

ENGL 1301College Composition I [TCCN: ENGL 1301]

ENGL 1302College Composition II [TCCN: ENGL 1302]