Biology for Pre-Health Professions
Many biology majors are interested in pursuing a career in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, or other healthcare related fields. The Department of Biology has a suggested schedule of courses you should take to be ready for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and to fulfill the requirements of the medical schools in Texas. The department also stays up-to-date on the recommended courses to prepare for the DAT (dental), PCAT (pharmacy), and OAT (optometry) admission exams, as well as for admission to veterinary school.
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Why should I choose a Pre-Health Professions track in Biology?
If you'd like to pursue a career in healthcare, the Biology Pre-Health Profession track offers a solid foundation with a BS in Biology while helping you prepare for the MCAT and other medical exams.
What are some courses I will take?
- General Biology
- General Chemistry
- Research Methods
- Human Anatomy & Physiology
What's Up, Doc?
Zayde Radwan, MD, completed his BS degree in Biology at UMHB in 2009 and is now a resident physician in surgery at UT Health. “The Biology Department was essential in preparing me for medical school,” he said. “Working one-on-one with the faculty, I learned how to design research projects from the ground up. This skill helped me publish many research papers during medical school and is still helping me with my current projects. UMHB set me up to succeed in medical school, which in turn helped me reach my goal of becoming an orthopedic surgeon.”
How can I prepare for the MCAT?
Whether you are interested in Medical, Dental, or Veterinary careers, UMHB can help prepare you for your future in healthcare. Dr. Kathleen Wood is UMHB's Department of Biology Chairperson, as well as your main point of contact for Pre-medical track advice. Check out her tips on preparing for the MCAT, which includes a list of further resources for studying and preparing for your medical exams.
Preparing for the MCAT
What medical programs have accepted UMHB alumni?
UMHB biology students have continued their education in many places :
- McGovern Medical School in Houston
- UT Health School of Dentistry at Houston
- Edward Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Auburn, Alabama
- UT Medical Branch in Galveston
- Baylor College of Medicine in Houston
- Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth
What kind of jobs have biology students found in medicine?
Biology students have found career success in medicine, research, and administrative positions:
- UT Southwestern Center for Mineral Metabolism and Clinical Research
- Orthopedic Surgery at UT Health in Houston
- Scott and White Hospital clinical and research laboratories
Biology Pre-Health Professions Advising at UMHB
At UMHB, your advisors are focused on your success! Members of the Biology department mentor students planning to pursue a career in healthcare, according to each student’s particular area of interest. Choosing a Pre-Health Professions track opens the door to many career options: medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, optometry, and more. Your advisor at UMHB will help you succeed in whatever path you choose.