• Pre-Med and Health Science Programs

    For students who intend to go on to professional school in the health sciences (medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, veterinary medicine, etc.) Hamline provides comprehensive offerings in required pre-medical courses, a wealth of resources, and complete, personal advising from faculty members and advisors. Students can pursue any major while completing the pre-med program. A biology, biochemistry, or chemistry major is often chosen, as a variety of courses from these majors are included in the suggested four-year, undergraduate, pre-med sequence.

    Hamline graduates have set an enviable record for gaining admission to top medical, dental, and veterinary schools, physical therapy training programs, and other professional schools across the nation. Pre-med advisors assist students in career planning and designing a suitable program of study to achieve their professional goals. A pre-med committee, consisting of Hamline faculty and staff members, works with students throughout the 18-month application process to medical school or to other health science professional schools and training programs. Students often fulfill their Hamline Plan internship or volunteer service at one of the Twin Cities’ many hospitals or medical clinics. This hands-on experience serves as an advantage when applying to medical or professional school.

    Almost all medical schools in the United States require one year each of college-level math, English, biology, and physics and two years of college-level chemistry.

    Coursework in biochemistry, genetics, and cell biology is strongly recommended as well as analytical chemistry, which is required by some medical schools. Hamline’s pre-med faculty members will work one-on-one with students to ensure they complete all necessary courses for the specific medical schools and health science training programs to which they hope to gain entrance. Additionally, students will have opportunities to conduct independent research and/or to collaborate with faculty members on professional research, often presenting their findings at national conferences. Faculty members help students make contacts with professionals in their chosen medical field, and the department also hosts outside speakers and lecturers to further expose students to the health sciences. 

    Hamline pre-med students enroll in some of the nations top health sciences professional schools and find work at a variety of hospitals, medical clinics, and health companies. These include: Mayo Clinic, VA Medical Center, Allina Health Systems, Boston Scientific, Planned Parenthood, 3M, Medtronic, Vascular Solutions, The Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, MIT, Dartmouth University, Marquette University, University of Arizona, University of Minnesota Medical School, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, and Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Read more about life after Hamline.


    Biology 1800: Principles of Ecology and Evolution 

    An exploration of ecology and evolution, this course will focus on the interactions among organisms and their environment, transmission genetics, micro- and macroevolutionary processes, and the origin and diversity of life. 

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    Hamline’s medical school acceptance rate is consistently 10% higher than the national average.

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    Kendra Watson graduated in 2009 with a degree in Biochemistry.