Interested in going on to medical school? USD has programs and recommended coursework designed to prepare you for medical school applications.
Your Path in Pre-Medicine
If you intend to pursue a career in medicine, you must carefully plan your undergraduate program in order to meet the requirements for admission to medical school. Many medical schools require the B.A. or B.S. degree for admission, as well as look for specific coursework that aligns with admission requirements. At the University of South Dakota, you can follow a pre-medicine track to guide your coursework and timeline as you pursue your educational and career goals.
Home to South Dakota's only medical school, USD is a leader in medical education. That tradition of excellence extends to our pre-medicine program; in this pre-professional path, you will take curriculum recommended by our medical school, engage in undergraduate research, learn in state-of-the-art facilities, and access specialized advising that helps you prepare for your future. USD combines the opportunities and expertise you need to maximize your educational experience.
This pre-medicine program does not lead to a degree. Review the offering details below, as well as our frequently asked questions, to learn more about how the pre-med program will shape your USD education and set you up for success.
Degrees & Offerings
USD's pre-medicine path is designed to help you prepare for medical school applications. You will not graduate with a degree in pre-medicine; rather, you will graduate with a degree corresponding to your major, and this pre-professional curriculum will supplement that program of study. Advising is an important part of any pre-professional path, so be sure to let your academic advisor know you are interested in applying to medical school and ask questions about how that will shape your education at USD.
Known for Excellence
percent of Sanford School of Medicine students are USD graduates
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USD excels in undergraduate research opportunities and medical education, allowing us to offer an enriching experience for our pre-med students.
Research is an important consideration for medical school applications, but not all universities are able to support these opportunities for undergraduate students. At USD, we invest in undergraduate research so you can gain invaluable experience early on in your education. Even in your first or second year at USD, you can join research teams, earn mini-grants, present at national conferences or conduct your research at sites around the world.
USD is also home to South Dakota’s only medical school. This not only informs our pre-med recommended curriculum, but also opens unique opportunities to our undergraduate students. Undergraduate students may take classes taught by medical school faculty or conduct research in our state-of-the-art facilities. This proximity to a premier medical school is a great advantage as you position yourself for medical school applications.
USD’s medical biology program was specifically designed for undergraduate students preparing for medical school. The major curriculum aligns with the pre-medicine recommended coursework so that you can fulfill all pre-med requirements in three years.
Other programs in the sciences may also be a good fit for you. You can even choose from other majors beyond the science disciplines, though know that you may need to take more courses and extend your program of study to graduate with your major while also meeting the pre-med recommendations.