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.