Pathway to your Health Career as a Biology Major

UMW programs like pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-veterinary medicine, pre-physical therapy, and other allied health programs are not UMW majors.  Rather, they are career tracks that fall under the UMW Pre-Health Careers Advising Program.  If you are headed on one of these career tracks, you still need to choose a major.  We in the Biology Department feel the Biology Major is the near-perfect major for pre-health students, and we have constructed our major with pre-health students in mind.  Below is a sample pathway through the Biology major for pre-health students.  It shows that by the end of your 3rd year, you can have most Biology major requuirements completed and ALL pre-health requirements completed, including those for premed, pre-dent, pre-verterinary medicine, and all other allied health career tracks.  This pathway is flexible to a degree and can be modified in certain ways to meet the specific needs of the student.

Required and highly recommended pre-health courses are in bold face.

First Year:

  • Fall Semester:
    • Biol 121 (Biol Concepts)  – or – Biology 125 (Phage Hunters I)
    • Chem 111 (Gen Chem I)
    • A Math, Psychology, or Sociology course
    • An English Course
  • Spring Semester:
    • Biol 132 (Org Func & Div)  – or – Biology 126 (Phage Hunters II)
    • Chem 112 (Gen Chem I)
    • A Math, Psychology, or Sociology course
    • A second English Course or a general education course

Second Year

  • Fall Semester:
    • Biol 340 (Cell Biology)
    • Biol 260 (Research Process)
    • Chem 211 (Organic Chem I), if required by your specific pre-health program
    • A Math, Psychology, or Sociology course or general education course
  • Spring Semester:
    • Biol 341 (General Genetics)
    • Biol 210 (Ecology & Evolution)
    • Chem 212 (Organic Chem II), if required by your specific pre-health program
    • A Math, Stats, Psychology, or Sociology or general education course

Third Year:

  • Fall Semester:
    • Physics 101 or 105, if required by your specific pre-health program
    • Chem 317 (Biochem I), if required by your specific pre-health program
    • A Biology Major elective or general education course
    • A general education course
  • Spring Semester:
    • Physics 102 or 106, if required by your specific pre-health program
    • Biol 371 (Microbiology)
    • A Biology Major elective
    • A general education course

For detailed information about the specific course requirements for your preferred pre-health career track, or if you have any questions about this sample pathway, email the UMW Pre-Health Advisor, Professor Stephen Gallik:  sgallik@umw.edu .