Pre-Professional Health Programs

Fast facts

For more information regarding these programs, please contact the appropriate advisor.


Humboldt's Career Center has information on requirements at medical and other professional schools.

The Program

Several of Humboldt’s undergraduate programs in the biological and physical sciences prepare students to meet admissions requirements for health science professional schools. Usually these schools require a broad education in biological and physical sciences, which Humboldt provides.

Humboldt offers both supervised and independent studies to prepare for professional schools.


Requirements listed here are typical for health science and related professional schools. Contact individual professional schools for specific requirements and consult pre-professional advisors.

• General education courses and other requirements for the general biology major. (To demonstrate a well-rounded background, the HIST 104-105 sequence is recommended.)

• Biology: BIOL 105, BIOL 340; ZOOL 110, ZOOL 310.

• Chemistry: CHEM 109, CHEM 110; CHEM 321, CHEM 322. Some schools may require CHEM 438 or the 431-432 series. Start the CHEM 109-110 sequence as soon as possible.

• Mathematics: MATH 109, MATH 110. (or MATH 105, MATH 205 for pre-medical students). The amount of calculus required by professional schools varies, but a full year is highly recommended. Start the mathematics sequence in the freshman year, because physics and chemistry courses have mathematics prerequisites. Pre–veterinary students should take STAT 109.

• Physics: PHYX 106, PHYX 107 sequence or PHYX 109, PHYX 110, PHYX 111.

• Zoology: ZOOL 270 is strongly recommended for pre-medical students.

• Other courses may be required to prepare adequately for appropriate aptitude examinations.

Pre-professional students should remain in close contact with their pre-professional advisor.