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In view of the specialized nature of each program, students should seek regular counsel with the advisor who has been designated for his or her major field of interest. Pre-Professional Studies advisors can help design a plan for highly motivated, capable students who wish to become eligible for admission to graduate and professional schools.

Degree Programs

Students planning on gaining admission to dental, medical or veterinary school must successfully combine an academic major with the specific prerequisite requirements of the professional school they wish to attend. Most dental, medical and veterinary schools provide substantial latitude in the academic majors that student may purse at the baccalaureate level; for this reason, students are encouraged to select degrees other than the pre-dental studies, pre-medical studies and pre-veterinary medicine degrees listed below. Students must work closely with their advisor to successfully and efficiently meet both the academic requirements of the major they select and the professional school requirements along with expected non-academic requirements. Most applicants to dental, medical and veterinary medicine schools have earned a baccalaureate degree prior to matriculation into professional school. The prerequisite courses required by most dental, medical and veterinary schools include, but are not limited to the following: ENGL 101-102 English Composition; CHEM 111, 111L-112, 112L General Chemistry and Labs; BIOL 191-192 General Biology I-II; PHYS 111-112 General Physics; and CHEM 307, 308, 309, 310 Organic Chemistry with BIOL 301 Cell Biology, BIOL 343 Genetics and CHEM 431 Biochemistry highly recommended.

Students should consult either the Medical School Admission Requirements handbook or the Admission Requirements of U.S. and Canadian Dental Schools handbook for requirements specific to their professional schools of interest. For additional information visit, or

Non-Degree Programs

A number of health-related non-degree programs are available at Boise State University. These programs are designed to provide you with guidance when pursuing careers in the areas listed below. You will not earn a degree in any of the following areas by completing only the courses listed. Many of these professions do require students to earn a baccalaureate degree prior to admission to professional school. Students need to work closely with an advisor to ensure they are meeting both the academic and non-academic requirements for admission to professional school.