Stephen F. Austin State University

Degree Plans

Premedical Curricula for Medical, Dental, Optometry, Pharmacy, and Veterinary Schools

Most premedical students major in biology or chemistry, but ANY major is acceptable, as long as students complete this sequence of courses:

1. CHE 133 + L, 134 + L (General Chemistry I and II), CHE 331 + L, 332 + L (Organic Chemistry I and II) , and CHE 452 (Biochemistry I, lecture only portion)
2. BIO 130, 131 + L, 133 + L (Cell Biology, Botany & Zoology)
3. MTH 220 (Statistics) + (MTH 233 - Calculus 1 for Optometry and Pharmacy)
4. PHY 131 + L, 132 + L (Physics w/ Trig) or PHY 241 +L & 242 +L (w/ Calculus)
5. Students must also check for additional prerequisites for their programs/professional schools
These courses should be taken in the correct sequence; the following is suggested. However, it is necessary to meet with an advisor to plan the best course of study for each individual student.

Fall Freshman Year
(14-16 credits)
Spring Freshman Year
(14-17 credits)

CHE 133 + L
MTH 220 or 233
BIO (131 + L )
One or two additional courses

CHE 134 + L
MTH 220 or 233
BIO (133 + L)
One or two additional courses

Summer 1 (4 credits)
Phy 131 + L
Summer II (4 credits)
Phy 132 + L
Fall Sophomore Year
(14-17 credits)
Spring Sophomore Year
(14-17 credits)
CHE 331 + L
BIO (130 )
Two or three additional courses
CHE 332 + L
BIO 341 + L
Two or three additional courses
Summer I (3 credits)
Bio 327
Summer II
Fall Junior Year
(14-17 credits)
Spring Junior Year
(12-14 credits)
CHE 452
BIO 402 0R 342
Two or three additional courses
BIO 431 or Bio Elective
Two or three additional courses

- Take Medical School Admission Test (MCAT) in spring. By taking the MCAT in Spring, you will have another opportunity, if necessary, to re-take the test again in late summer or early Fall and still apply for next year's class. Your chances of admission are increased if you complete your application early.
- Applications for Texas Medical And Dental schools opens May 1.
- The same holds for the Dental Admission Test (DAT), the Optometry Admission Test (OAT), or the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT).
- Veterinary Schools and Physician Assistant programs require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

First & Second Semesters Senior Year

(approx 31 credits) - Courses for the Major
Note: Students must take a minimum of 120 credits including 42 hours in residence, of which 36 must be upper division (i.e., 300 or 400 level courses) credits.

Specific requirements for majors may be different depending upon the major chosen and students should consult with their major advisor as soon as possible when beginning their undergraduate program.