Pre-Health Program

Lake Forest College

Program Description

Pre-Health Program

Lake Forest College

Pre-Health Program

The medical school acceptance rate of Lake Forest graduates is significantly higher than the national average. Graduates of our Pre-Health programs go on to advanced study at top programs including Columbia University, Stanford University, Northwestern University, and the University of California San Diego. Advising for Pre-Health students is designed for all majors – but students most often come from Biology, Chemistry, Neuroscience, Psychology, Physics, or Mathematics. The Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) assists students who are interested in entering programs in the health professions, including medical and dental school, nursing school, pharmacy school, physical therapy training.

HPAC goals of pre-health advising are to:

  • advise appropriate course selection and sequence of courses
  • aid in assessing student’s progress toward professional school goals
  • provide information about professional school requirements and admission criteria
  • assist students in selecting schools and in the application process, including writing a cover or committee letter
  • provide information and assistance regarding standardized tests

Do you enjoy science?

Pre-Health students may major in any department of the College. However, they should have a strong interest in and aptitude for science, and there are many laboratory science courses required for most types of health professions. Your grades in science and other courses are important. Some health professions require a GPA of 3.0 whereas for others it is 3.7 or higher.

Do you thrive on working with people?

Most careers in the health professions require you to work with people. You need to be caring and compassionate, but you also need to be good at explaining difficult concepts to others at times of stress.

Are you a good team player?

Most health professionals work closely with colleagues and staff. A good working team will increase the chances of a good recovery for your patients, thus it is essential to the health professional school that you be a great team player.

Course Recommendations

Which courses should you take for Pre-Health? Students possessing a solid foundation in the natural sciences and enthusiasm for any topic, including choices from the humanities and social sciences, are attractive to medical and other health professional schools. Follow your passion! In addition, students must be able to deal with abstract ideas and express themselves with oral and written clarity.

Recommended Courses

Health professional graduate programs generally prefer that Lake Forest students complete all their Pre-Health coursework at Lake Forest College, when possible. In some cases, such as when courses required by a health professional graduate program are not offered at Lake Forest College, students should find highly-ranked, rigorous institutions at which to take such courses. Below are some course guidelines, arranged by type of health professional graduate program. Please note that individual programs may have specific requirements not reflected here and that requirements vary within a program. Students are responsible for researching the health professional graduate programs they will be applying to and making sure they meet all prerequisite requirements.

Pre-Med

  • BIOL 120: Organismal Biology
  • CHEM 115 and 116: Chemistry I & II
  • BIOL 221: Molecules, Genes, and Cells
  • CHEM 220 and 221: Organic Chemistry I & II
  • CHEM 300: Biochemistry
  • PHYS 110 and 111: Introductory Physics I & II
  • PSYC 110: Introduction to Psychology
  • SOAN 110: Introduction to Sociology and Anthropology (take in first two years, or take a different SOAN course later)
  • MATH 110: Calculus (small percentage of schools)
  • MATH 150: Introduction to Probability & Statistics (large percentage of schools), or BIOL 150 or PSYC 221
  • English (2 courses)

Other recommended courses include BIOL 208: Anatomy; BIOL 220: Ecology and Evolution; BIOL 320: Microbiology; BIOL 340: Animal Physiology; Spanish or another language.

Pre-Nursing

  • BIOL 120: Organismal Biology
  • CHEM 115 and 116: Chemistry I & II
  • BIOL 208: Anatomy
  • BIOL 221: Molecules, Genes, and Cells
  • CHEM 220: Organic Chemistry I (can be taken at a two-year college)
  • BIOL 320: Microbiology
  • BIOL 340: Animal Physiology
  • PSYC 110: Introduction to Psychology

Other recommended courses include Statistics (BIOL 150, MATH 150, or PSYC 221); BIOL 106: Nutrition and the Human Body; PSYC 210: Developmental Psychology; Sociology; Spanish or another language.

Pre-Physician Assistant

  • BIOL 120: Organismal Biology
  • CHEM 115 and 116: Chemistry I & II
  • BIOL 208: Anatomy
  • BIOL 221: Molecules, Genes, and Cells
  • CHEM 220: Organic Chemistry I & II
  • BIOL 320: Microbiology
  • BIOL 340: Animal Physiology
  • PSYC 110: Introduction to Psychology
  • Statistics (BIOL 150, MATH 150, or PSYC 221)
  • English (2 courses)
  • Speech*

Other recommended courses include CHEM 300: Biochemistry, Medical terminology (not offered at Lake Forest); Spanish or another language; Additional Psychology.

Note: most Physician Assistant programs have a prerequisite of hundreds to thousands of hours direct patient contact.

Pre-Dentistry

  • BIOL 120: Organismal Biology
  • BIOL 221: Molecules, Genes, and Cells
  • CHEM 115 and 116: Chemistry I & II
  • CHEM 220 and 221: Organic Chemistry I & II
  • CHEM 300: Biochemistry
  • PHYS 110 and 111: Introductory Physics I & II
  • MATH 110: Calculus
  • ECON 110: Principles of Economics
  • English

Other recommended courses include BIOL 208: Anatomy; BIOL 220: Ecology and Evolution; BIOL 320: Microbiology; BIOL 340: Animal Physiology*; BIOL 352: Molecular Genetics; Statistics (BIOL 150, MATH 150, or PSYC 221); Spanish or another language; Psychology; Sociology.

Pre-Pharmacy

  • BIOL 120: Organismal Biology
  • BIOL 208: Anatomy
  • BIOL 221: Molecules, Genes, and Cells
  • BIOL 220: Ecology and Evolution
  • CHEM 115 and 116: Chemistry I & II
  • CHEM 220 and 221: Organic Chemistry I & II
  • PHYS 110 and 111: Introductory Physics I & II
  • MATH 110: Calculus
  • ECON 110: Principles of Economics
  • 2 English courses
  • Speech*
  • Genetics*

Other recommended courses include BIOL 340: Animal Physiology; Statistics (BIOL 150, MATH 150, or PSYC 221); Chemistry 300: Biochemistry; Spanish or another language; Psychology; Sociology.

Pre-Optometry

  • BIOL 120: Organismal Biology
  • BIOL 221: Molecules, Genes, and Cells
  • CHEM 115 and 116: Chemistry I & II
  • CHEM 220: Organic Chemistry I
  • BIOL 320: Microbiology
  • PHYS 110 and 111: Introductory Physics I & II
  • MATH 110: Calculus
  • MATH 150: Introduction to Probability & Statistics (or BIOL 150, PSYC 221)
  • PSYC 110: Introduction to Psychology
  • 2 English courses
  • ECON, SOAN, POLS, or additional PSYC

Other recommended courses include BIOL 208: Anatomy; BIOL 340: Animal Physiology; BIOL 352: Molecular Genetics; CHEM 300: Biochemistry; Spanish or another language.

Pre-Physical Therapy

  • BIOL 120: Organismal Biology
  • BIOL 221: Molecules, Genes, and Cells
  • Medical terminology (not offered at Lake Forest)
  • CHEM 115 and 116: Chemistry I & II
  • PHYS 110 and 111: Introductory Physics I & II
  • MATH 150: Introduction to Probability & Statistics
  • PSYC 110: Introduction to Psychology
  • 2 English courses
  • Speech*

Other recommended courses include BIOL 208: Anatomy; BIOL 340: Animal Physiology; Spanish or another language.

Pre-Veterinarian

  • BIOL 120: Organismal Biology
  • BIOL 221: Molecules, Genes, and Cells
  • CHEM 115 and 116: Chemistry I & II
  • CHEM 220 and 221: Organic Chemistry I & II
  • CHEM 300: Biochemistry (many schools)
  • MATH 150: Introduction to Probability & Statistics
  • PHYS 110 and 111: Introductory Physics I & II
  • Animal Nutrition (not offered at Lake Forest)
  • 2-3 courses English
  • Speech*
  • Genetics*

Other recommended courses include BIOL 208: Anatomy; BIOL 320: Microbiology; BIOL 340: Animal Physiology; BIOL 352: Molecular Genetics; MATH 110: Calculus; Psychology; Sociology; Economics; Spanish or another language.

*The Health Professions Advisory Committee may provide a formal explanation (for students applying to health professional graduate programs) of how this course material is covered at Lake Forest.

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