Preparing For Careers in Medicine

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 other medical and health professional schools. 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, 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 health professional 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.
  • A unique Molecular Biology Concentration that includes all of the pre-requisites for most health-related admissions. 
  • Summer Research Programs that focus on biomedical-related topics including Neuroscience and Pain
  • Collaborative working relationship with Duquesne's Pre-Medical & Health Professions Program.

Biology Majors Success in Medical and Other Health Professional School Admissions

Recent Biology majors from Duquesne have been very successful obtaining admissions to some of the best medical and health professional programs in the United States. The following is just a sample of recent admission successes of our biology 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 Temple University
Ohio State University Dentistry (D.D.S./D.M.D.)
Penn State Hershey (Medical Campus) Harvard School of Dental Medicine
SUNY Upstate Medical University Ohio State University
Temple University Temple University
University of Cincinnati University of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh West Virginia University
University of Toledo Physician's Assistant (P.A.)
West Virginia University Chatham University
Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) Daemen College
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Hofstra University
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine LIU Brooklyn
Pennsylvania College of Osteopathic Medicine Optometry School
Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine Indiana University
New England College of Osteopathic Medicine Salus University - Pennsylvania College of Optometry
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, Jill Dembowski

Immunology - Philip Auron

Reproductive Physiology and Medicine - Kyle Selcer

Genetics - Michael Seaman, Jan Janecka

1 - 2017 Association of American Medical Colleges