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Aileen Beard, Ph.D. 
Dean, School of Sciences
Science Center, Room 2133
(218) 625-4834  

Katie Nemeth, Ph.D. 
Science Center, Room 2132
(218) 723-5904  

Gerald Cizadlo, Ph.D.  

Daniel Westholm, Ph.D.
Science Center, Room 2121 
(218) 733-2277 

Pre-Veterinary Medicine
Pam freeman, Ph.D. 
Science Center, Room 2127 
(218) 733-7026  

Pre-Physician Assistant and Pre-Optometry
Lawrence McGahey, Ph.D.
Science Center, Room 2308
(218) 723-6162

Pre-Health Professional Programs

Fast Facts: Pre-Health Professional Programs

  • Students can choose one of the following six focus areas:
    • Pre-Dentistry
    • Pre-Medicine
    • Pre-Optometry
    • Pre-Pharmacy
    • Pre-Physician Assistant
    • Pre-Veterinary Medicine

  • Provides an outstanding foundation in the foremost sciences
  • Science faculty also have extensive experience as pre-professional advisors
  • A human cadaver lab enables faculty to thoroughly teach critical anatomy and physiology coursework
  • Students who complete this training gain entry into top-notch graduate schools
  • Pre-physician assistant students can seamlessly move into St. Scholastica’s new physician assistant master’s degree program, which will be ready to accept students in 2016
  • Select pre-medicine students can enter the Pre-Med Premium Track which provides enhanced guidance and opportunities
  • St. Scholastica was named on the list of Top 200 schools for Native Americans pursuing degrees in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) by Winds of Change magazine

Program Requirements

Program requirements depend on the student's major. Students can pursue virtually any major to go along with their pre-professional training, as long as they complete the pre-professional required courses.


The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment for these occupations will grow between 21% and 36% by 2020. Those who successfully complete pre-health professional coursework at The College of St. Scholastica are exceptionally equipped for future success in medicine and other allied health fields. Graduates of this program have gone on to attend the University of Minnesota's Medical School, College of Veterinary Medicine, College of Pharmacy and School of Dentistry. Graduates also attended University of Wisconsin-Madison, Creighton University, University of Iowa, Des Moines University, Kirksville School of Osteopathic Medicine, Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University and many other outstanding institutions.

Boost your brain power and give yourself a competitive edge in our global economy by pairing your program with a language. St. Scholastica offers programs and courses in American Sign Language, French, German, Latin, Ojibwe, Russian and Spanish.

Sample Curriculum

Here are some classes you could take as part of this major or minor. Please note that you would not necessarily need all of these courses to fulfill a major or minor. This list doesn't include general education courses. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.

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Expand and Collapse BIO 2110 - Anatomy and Physiology I

Introductory study of anatomy and physiology of the vertebrate body with an emphasis on the human. Topics include an introduction to cells, tissues, and systems organization, osteology, fluid compartments, gross and microscopic anatomy, physiology of the circulatory system, body defense systems and the gross anatomy of musculature. 3 class hours, 3-hour lab. Prerequisite: BIO 1110 or BIO 1036.

Expand and Collapse BIO 2120 - Anatomy and Physiology II

Continuation of BIO 2110. Topics include gross and microscopic anatomy, physiology of the renal system, respiratory system, digestive system, nervous system and endocrine system. 3 class hours, 3-hour lab. Prerequisite: BIO 2110.

Expand and Collapse BIO 3130 - Embryology

Development of vertebrate animals with emphasis on anatomical development in humans. Coursework includes the differentiation of tissues of all major body systems. Prerequisite: a completed course in Anatomy/ Physiology.

Expand and Collapse BIO 3500 - Genetics

Study of classical and molecular genetics, gene interaction, linkage and population genetics. 3 class hours, 2-hour lab. Prerequisite: BIO 1110 and 1120. This course is required of all biology majors.

Expand and Collapse BIO 4210 - Advanced Physiology I

First in a two-semester sequence of courses including a semi-quantitative study of functions of the nervous system, musculoskeletal system and the circulatory system of humans. Prerequisite: a completed course in Anatomy/Physiology and Pathophysiology.

Expand and Collapse CHM 1110 - General Chemistry I

Introduces atomic and molecular structure, bonding, stoichiometry, gas laws, chemical periodicity, and equilibrium. Prerequisite: high school chemistry and appropriate placement test score.

Expand and Collapse CHM 1120 - General Chemistry II

Studies solutions, equilibria, coordination chemistry, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, kinetics, nuclear chemistry, and qualitative analysis. Prerequisite: C- or higher in CHM 1110.

Expand and Collapse CHM 2200 - Organic Chemistry I

Introduces structure, properties, and reactions of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alcohols, alkyl halides, and ethers. Prerequisite: C- or higher in CHM 1120.

Expand and Collapse CHM 2210 - Organic Chemistry II

Introduces the structure, properties, and reactions of aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and their derivatives, aromatic compounds, amines, phenols, carbohydrates, amino acids as well as infrared and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy techniques. Prerequisite: C- or higher in CHM 2200.

Expand and Collapse CHM 3240 - Biochemistry I

Studies the structure and role of proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, and nucleic acids in metabolism. Emphasizes protein structure and function, enzyme operation, metabolic pathways and their cellular role and regulation. Prerequisite: C- or higher in CHM 2210.

Expand and Collapse PSC 2001 - Physics I

Covers algebra-based general physics including Newtonian mechanics (motion, force, energy, momentum), harmonic motion, fluids, and thermodynamics. Students must have ease and familiarity with basic algebraic and trigonometric techniques. Includes one 2-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: A grade of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better in College Algebra (MATH 1111) or a C or better in a more advanced college math course or a math ACT score of 24 or higher or by permission of the instructor.

Expand and Collapse PSC 2002 - Physics II

Continues the study of algebra-based general physics including content in electricity and magnetism, geometric optics, sound and light waves, and selected topics in modern physics. Includes one 2-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: A grade of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better in PSC 2001.

Expand and Collapse PSY 2208 - Lifespan Developmental PSY

Cognitive, personality/social, and physical development from conception to death. Within a life span developmental perspective, the course examines research methods, developmental theories, and application of research findings to selected problems in the major periods of the life span: the prenatal period, infancy, early/middle/late childhood, adolescence, and young/middle/late adulthood. The developmental perspective provides an important foundation for understanding normal children and adults, while also providing the essential knowledge base for the modern view of psychological disturbances as "normal development gone awry." This approach has practical implications for individuals with interests in parenting, caregiving, education, social services, and health sciences with both normal and exceptional populations. Prerequisite: none, but sophomore standing recommended.

Expand and Collapse PSY 3423 - Abnormal Psychology

Provides an overview of what is considered to be abnormal behavior in American society. The main focus of the course is on describing various mental disorders and discussing how these disorders are explained and treated according to the major theoretical perspectives. Important issues related to diagnosing, researching and treating mental disorders are also addressed. Prerequisite: one course in general or developmental psychology and junior status recommended.

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