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Biology - Area 6: Pre-Med / Pre-Dental / Pre-Vet BS

Preparing for Professional Study

The most important consideration for you as a pre-professional should be a major that you are passionate about, not what you think might be the best ticket into medical school. Our program includes a sequence of courses required for medical school, with a strong emphasis in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. Admission to professional schools for MD, DC, DVM or DO degrees will always be highly competitive, and while a degree with an emphasis in pre-medicine does not guarantee that you will be accepted, our curriculum provides you with the academic support to prepare you to take the MCAT (the Medical College Admission Test), as well as for the challenging environment of medical school. 

What you will learn

As a biology student at the University of Central Missouri, you will  study living organisms, focusing on;

  • Cellular and molecular processes
  • Organismal physiology and morphology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Mathematics

Program study will also include aspects of;

  • Biochemistry
  • Genetics
  • Microbiology
  • Other natural sciences

Learn How to Work with a Team!

Knowing how to work well with a team is an essential skill for any career. Being in a student organization teaches you how to do this by putting you in situations where you are required to take advice from others, as well as give your own. You have several opportunities to become an active member or leader of one of our biology organizations.


Unique Learning Opportunities

Chances are, the organization you choose to participate in will include a diverse group of people — you’ll be faced with the same situation in the working world! Learning how different people respond and react to certain situations will help you develop your skills in presenting and implementing ideas.

Students may also choose to expand their network and boost their resume by participating in organizations such as:


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Career Choices

You will gain analytical and scientific skills that prepare you for exciting careers in a variety of STEM-related fields. Our students have been successful in gaining employment in private industries related to;

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Veterinary

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Continued Education

This program lays the foundation for continued education in master’s and doctoral programs at universities across the United States. This includes UCM graduate programs like;

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Job Market growth

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of physicians and surgeons is projected to grow five percent from 2019 to 2029.*

Careers as dentists are projected to grow by three percent from 2019 to 2029*.

Careers as veterinarians are projected to grow by sixteen percent from 2019 to 2029*.

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 * Job market growth and salary statistics provided by the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics,


Program Coordinator

Dr. Scott Lankford
School Chair
WCM 306A
Tel: 660-543-4976


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