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Biology Major Pre-Medical Mentoring

Although students may enter the health professional fields (e.g., medicine, dentistry, optometry, PT, OT, PA, etc.) from a variety of majors, there are several reasons why biology is a great choice for students desiring to gain acceptance into health professional schools.

First, biology majors represent more than half of all students accepted into medical schools1, as well as a high proportion of students entering the allied health professions. Second, there are a number of biology courses that focus specifically on the functions of living organisms, including humans. These include classes in cellular and molecular biology, microbiology, immunology, pathology, physiology, endocrinology, neuroscience and genetics. Finally, the biology department offers ample opportunities for students to gain biomedical research experiences. The biology major is an ideal environment for students to begin their pre-medical and allied health development.

What We Offer

  • One-on-one mentoring between a biology faculty and each student each semester.
  • Faculty members with specific interests in biomedical research including the areas of physiology, microbiology, immunology, neurodegeneration, pain, stress, and molecular biology.
  • Unique Molecular Biology and Physiology Concentrations that include all of the pre-requisites for most health-related admissions. 
  • Summer Research Programs that focus on biomedical-related topics including Neuroscience and Pain
  • Access to Duquesne's Pre-Medical and Health Professions specialized advising program.

Biology Majors Success in Pre-Medical and Allied Health Admissions

Recent Biology majors from Duquesne have been very successful obtaining admissions to some of the best pre-health programs in the United States. The following is just a sample of recent admission successes from the major. 

Medical School (M.D.) M.D./Ph.D. Programs
Boston University University at Buffalo
Drexel University Washington University in St. Louis
Loyola University Chicago Dentistry (D.D.S./D.M.D.)
Ohio State University Harvard School of Dental Medicine
Penn State Hershey (Medical Campus) Ohio State University
SUNY Upstate Medical University Temple University
Temple University University of Pittsburgh
University of Cincinnati Physician's Assistant (P.A.)
University of Pittsburgh Chatham University
University of Toledo Daemen College
West Virginia University Hofstra University
Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) LIU Brooklyn
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Optometry School
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine Indiana University
Pennsylvania College of Osteopathic Medicine Salus University - Pennsylvania College of Optometry
Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine
New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine
West Virgina School of Osteopathic Medicine

Biology Faculty Doing Biomedical Research 

Microbiology and Disease Ecology - Wook Kim, David Lampe, Joseph McCormick, Nancy Trun, John Stolz 

Neuroscience and Physiology - Benedict Kolber, John A. Pollock, Sarah Woodley

Cell Biology - Jana Patton-Vogt, Allyson O'Donnell

Immunology - Philip Auron

Reproductive Physiology and Medicine - Kyle Selcer

Genetics - Michael Seaman, Jan Janecka

1 - 2017 Association of American Medical Colleges