Pre-Medical & Pre-Dental Path

Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Advisors
Doug Smith
Freshmen and Sophomores
220 Morrill II
Phone: (413) 545-1969
email: dgsmith [at] cns [dot] umass [dot] edu

Doug's Office Hours--by appointment only

Make an on-line appointment

Monday: 9:30-11:30 am; 1:30-3:30 pm

Thursday: 9:30-11:30 am; 1:30-3:30 pm

Friday: 9:30-11:30 am; 1:30-3:30 pm

Karen F. O'Connor
Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors
Shade Tree Lab
Phone: (413) 545-3674
email: kareno [at] bio [dot] umass [dot] edu

Karen's March Office Hours (drop-in only)

Monday: 1:30-3:30 pm

Tuesday: 10:00 am-noon

Wednesday: 1:30-3:30 pm

Thursday: 1:30-3:30 pm

Mailing address
Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Advising
220 Morrill Science Center II
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA. 01003

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What it means to be Pre-Med/Pre-Dent at UMass Amherst

The University offers a standard pre-medical/dental curriculum, which meets all requirements necessary to apply to health professional school. There is NO PRE-MED MAJOR OR PRE-DENTAL MAJOR.

You should select a major that is interesting and challenging and allows you to pursue a variety of different careers. You should select a major in the field of your greatest interest and ability.

Many UMass pre-professional students chose a major in Biochemistry, Biology, Microbiology, Kinesiology, and Psychology. Any major is acceptable as long as it allows the student to complete the minimal science/math pre-professional requirements, which are the following:

Two semesters (one year) (with labs) of:

  • General Chemistry (Chemistry 111, 112 or Chemistry 121H, 122H)
  • AP Chemistry score cannot be used to satisfy Chemistry 111
  • Organic Chemistry (Chemistry 261, 262, lab 269 [Chemistry majors: 265, 266, 267, 268])
  • Physics (Physics 131, 132) 8 credits or (Physics 151, 152) 8 credits
  • AP Physics scores must be discussed with Pre-Med advisor
  • Introductory Biology (Biology 151, 152) 7 credits and lab (Biology 153) 2 credits
  • AP Biology score transfers only as Biology 110
  • Mathematics (Math 127, 131) 3-4 credits and statistics (any statistics course above Stats 111)
  • AP scores are acceptable
  • Biochemistry course above Biochemistry 100 is required for dental school, recommended for medical school
  • Philosophy 164: Medical Ethics (Gen Ed: AT):
  • (Philosophy 160: General Ethics (Gen. Ed: AT) can substitute)

Highly recommended General Education courses include:

  • Psychology 100: Introductory Psychology (Gen Ed: SB)
  • Sociology 110: Introductory Sociology (Gen Ed: SB/U)
  • Philosophy 164: Medical Ethics (Gen Ed: AT)

PA and Pharmacy Schools have additional requirements. They can only be determined by visiting individual school websites.