Biology: Pre-graduate/Pre-professional

​​​​​​​​​​​Program Description

Want to be a physician, dentist, optometrist, pharmacist, veterinarian or other health care provider? If so, we'll give you a running start. The wide range of options offered through CMU's pre-professional programs prepare you for the advanced study needed for these careers. At Central, you’ll find undergraduate opportunities that include attention, involvement, resources and research. You’ll also have an academic adviser dedicated to specifically students interested in the pre-professional programs of study.

Points of Pride

  • CMU’s $95 million Biosciences Building is the largest capital project ever in the university’s 120-plus year history. The four-story, 169,000-square-foot building, opening for classes in January 2017, will dramatically advance the university’s instructional learning and scientific research space.
  • CMU is a Carnegie-classified doctoral research institution. Its faculty and students – including undergrads – work elbow to elbow to change lives by researching cancer vaccines and better treatment for Huntington's, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases.
  • You can develop your research skills in biology and other areas by working at the CMU Biological Station on Beaver Island. CMU is the only university in Michigan and one of two in the Midwest to operate an island research station.

Put Your Degree to Work

​U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data

JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2022​
Physician/surgeon$187,200 per year18% (123,300 more jobs)
Pharmacist$116,670 per year14% (41,400 more jobs)
Veterinarian$84,460 per year12% (8,400 more jobs)

For More Information

Visit the biology website or contact:

Department of Biology
Central Michigan University
Brooks Hall 217
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: (989) 774-3227
Fax: (989) 774-3462

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.

(Click on the course name or number for a complete course description.)

Biology Major: Pregraduate/Preprofessional Option

Pregraduate/Preprofessional option is for students who plan to enter a graduate or professional school after graduation from CMU.
Total: 70-74 semester hours Note: CHM 425 or 521, MTH 133, and CPS 110 OR CPS 150 are recommended courses.
Core Courses II
(7 hours)
Students selecting the Pre-Graduate/Pre-Professional option are required to take 7 hours in addition to the required core courses. Choose from the options listed below:
Option A
Core Courses I
(20 hours)
BIO 110
Concepts of Biology
BIO 203
General Botany
BIO 208
BIO 218
General Zoology
BIO 326
BIO 340
Option B
Required Courses II
(20 hours)
CHM 345
Organic Chemistry I
CHM 346
Organic Chemistry II
CHM 349
Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Option C
MTH 132
Calculus I
College Physics I
PHY 131
College Physics II
Required Courses I
(8-9 hours)
Select one of the following options
Option A
(8 hours)
Other Requirements I
(3 hours)
Select one of the following:
If BIO 500 is selected, it may count toward the 42 hours required in BIO.
BIO 500
Biological Statistics
Option B
(9 hours)
Elementary Statistical Analysis
(15 hours)
Biology electives to be selected in consultation with a biology advisor. BIO 403 is recommended as an elective course.

 Grads on Fire

Scott Freeman, ’02, is a consultant at Innovative Orphan Drug Solutions in Newtonville, MA.

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