Our degree program is designed to expose you to a broad base of biological knowledge and skills, provide depth of experience in advanced topics including hands-on research and to develop competence in scientific disciplines.
See also: Bachelor's degree in Biology
UA STUDENTS who applied to medical, dental, pharmacy, optometry, veterinary and physician assistant schools had an average acceptance rate ABOVE the national average in 2019.
The biomedical science major provides for a broad background in science with concentrations in biology, chemistry, math and physics.
This major is designed with the appropriate coursework to prepare and ensure your maximal success on entrance tests like the MCAT, and for your success in professional school in general.
You'll be prepared to:
Option 1: Early Assurance Pathway
You can apply for the Early Assurance Pathway program, which is your direct path to medical school. Through our partnership with NEOMED up to 25 seats are available for qualifying UA students.
There are two phases to this program:
The University of Akron has a large amount of resources available that all students should try to utilize, this includes research with faculty, or elective courses such as Human Anatomy for biology majors. All of my courses and experiences helped me score well on the MCAT and will provide me with a great foundation for my future medical studies.”
Option 2: Traditional pathway for pre-med students
Direct Entry is the pathway whereby you apply for admission to Medical School the summer after your junior or senior year depending on your proficiency in pre-requisite courses, the MCAT, and commitment to extracurricular activities that reflect exposure to the field of medicine.
As an undergrad you will get to do real research with world class faculty and graduate students at UA.
Tiered Mentoring Program:
The Tiered Mentoring Program offers pre-med students easy access to research opportunities in the labs of UA faculty.
Proximity to local hospitals:
Resources & Opportunities:
Our pre-professional health advising helps you plan your course of action at UA. Often additional coursework and experiences are necessary when you're planning to continue your study at the graduate level in a particular scientific field. Our advisor will also provide you with information about any other requirements necessary for professional or graduate school.
Ashley Rini, Director, Pre-Health Advising
College of Arts and Sciences, 430B