Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental

Hardin-Simmons University has for many years provided course work necessary for preparing men and women for careers in medicine and dentistry. Hardin-Simmons University students perform admirably in our nation’s medical and dental schools. Many pre-medical and pre-dental students major in biochemistry, biology, or chemistry although it is possible to major in other areas. Each student is counseled individually with regard to needs and interests. The following outline of courses is a typical requirement for students applying to medical or dental schools.

Most pre-medical and pre-dental students will complete at least 124 credits, including the above courses, and obtain a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts degree. Exceptional pre-medical and pre-dental students may elect to follow a three-year degree plan consisting of at least 94 credits at HSU plus the successful completion of the first year in an accredited United States medical or dental school. This program is outlined below in this section of the Catalog.

Pre-Medical And Pre-Dental Requirements

Biological Sciences14
General Chemistry8
Organic Chemistry8
Biochemistry3
Physics8
English 6
Statistics3
Total Credits 50

Suggested Course Requirements:

Biology

BIOL 1306General Biology I

3

BIOL 1106General Biology I Lab

1

BIOL 1307General Biology II

3

BIOL 1107General Biology II Lab

1

Total Credit Hours:14-16

and 2 upper level courses*

Chemistry

CHEM 1410General Chemistry I

4

CHEM 1411General Chemistry II

4

CHEM 3401Organic Chemistry I

4

CHEM 4310Biochemistry I

3

CHEM 4311Biochemistry II

3

Total Credit Hours:19-21

Physics

PHYS 1310General Physics I

3

PHYS 1110General Physics I Lab

1

PHYS 1311General Physics II

3

PHYS 1111General Physics II Lab

1

Total Credit Hours:8

English

ENGL 1301Freshmen Writing I

3

And

ENGL 1302Freshmen Writing II

3

Total Credit Hours:6-8

Statistics

STAT 3312Statistical Methods

3

Or

MATH 3312/MATH 3312/STAT 3312Statistical Methods

3

Total Credit Hours:3

*Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Immunology, Histology, Advanced

Cell Biology are suggested to strengthen the student's science background

**Biochemistry II is recommended for pre-medical and pre-dental students to strengthen the student's science background

***recommended for all pre-health students.

Total Credit Hours: 50-54

Bachelor of Science—Three Year Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental Programs - The Bachelor of Science degree is available to exceptional pre-medical and pre-dental students who have completed at least 94 semester credits, as outlined above, and who have completed 30 semester credits or the first year in an accredited United States medical or dental school. These students will receive the Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Hardin-Simmons University. Preparation of the work done in medical or dental school must be made by the dean of that school.