Pre-Professional Programs

The Bachelor of Science in Biology degree offers excellent undergraduate preparation for medical, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, veterinary medicine and other health related professional schools. USF does not offer a specific “pre-med, pre-dent, or pre-professional” major. Few colleges in the United States do because there is not a specific major required for admission to professional schools. USF does offer a biology degree with a pre-professional track for students interested in pursuing careers in medicine, dentistry, optometry pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant or veterinary medicine. Therefore, USF students complete a core of courses which prepare them for entrance into professional school and still enjoy the freedom and flexibility to design a curriculum in advanced science courses which are appropriate to their interests. Specific courses and sequences are recommended for students appropriate to the pre-professional area of of interest.


Physician Assistant Studies Program Option

University of St. Francis biology majors have a special option to complete their biology degree in three and a half years (with some summer courses) and enroll in USF’s Physician Assistant Studies program at our Albuquerque, New Mexico campus in January of the senior year.


Pre-Professional Program Options


Recent graduates have enrolled in the following professional schools:

Medical Schools

Indiana University
Loyola University
Michigan State
Midwestern University
Northwestern University
Oakland University
Wayne State University
University of Illinois
University of Michigan

Pharmacy Schools

Midwestern University
Roosevelt University
Southern Illinois University
University of Illinois

Physical Therapy Schools

Midwestern University
Northwestern University
Rosalind Franklin University
Washington University
University of St. Augustine

Physician Assistant Schools

A.T. Still University
Grand Valley State
Midwestern University
Rosalind Franklin University
University of Saint Francis (IN)
University of St. Francis (NM)