The Pre-Health Biology program is part of the Department of Biological Sciences in the BGSU College of Arts and Sciences.   

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Pre-Health Biology - BS

The pre-health biology specialization prepares students for the requirements of health professional programs at the graduate level such as medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine.  

Quality classroom experiences

Undergraduates have the opportunity to engage in discovery-based research through two experiential learning courses offered in the biological sciences. Laboratories for both courses of anatomy and physiology are taught in Moseley Hall, a newly renovated building with state-of-the-art facilities for teaching.

Stand Out in courses like

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Genetics
  • Evolution
  • Microbiology

Curriculum

The pre-health biology specialization requires a full year each of organic chemistry and physics, a semester of biochemistry, and individual courses in microbiology, economics, psychology, sociology, and/or statistics, as required by the graduate program of choice. Advising professionals guide pre-health biology students to identify courses required by professional schools and inform them about the application process, specific admissions tests, and curricular as well as co-curricular activities that enhance their competitive edge when applying to professional schools.

The pre-health biology specialization prepares students interested in pursuing graduate programs in medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, or veterinary medicine.

Internships and Careers

Students choosing this specialization are encouraged to participate in undergraduate research to gain a stronger understanding of how the frontiers of knowledge in the various health related areas are broadened and deepened. The Office of Pre-Professional Programs on the BGSU campus assists students in obtaining internships, shadowing, and volunteer experiences as well as professional entrance exam preparation.

Average Starting Salary & BGSU Placement Rate

$29,515 — BGSU Biology graduates average starting salary

95% of Biology graduates report they're employed, in graduate school or starting a business within six months of graduation

Go Far in your career

  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Pharmacy
  • Optometry
  • Veterinary Medicine

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The Pre-Health Biology program is part of the Department of Biological Sciences in the BGSU College of Arts and Sciences.   

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the pre-health biology specialization, undergraduates will:

  • Demonstrate the level of knowledge in organic chemistry and physics that is expected of candidates for graduate study in health professions programs.
  • Illustrate the knowledge of requirements of undergraduate applicants to specific health care graduate schools.
  • Understand how preparation in the natural and social sciences relates to becoming a well prepared, well respected health care professional.
  • Have the ability to present relevant biomedical information in both oral and written form to health related and other audiences.

Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012-2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

More information on accreditation

Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The biology program does not lead to professional licensure.

More information on professional licensure

Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The pre-health biology program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.



* Job placement and salary information was compiled by the Office of Academic Assessment through the Graduation Survey from AY2015-2018. The data are gathered around the time of Commencement and a follow-up survey six months post Commencement. For the salary question, data for programs with fewer than fifteen responses are not included. Salaries for those programs are from the National Association of Colleges and Employers Summer 2019 Survey. For questions regarding the data, contact assessment@bgsu.edu.