Pre-Professional Health Studies

If you are considering becoming a doctor, veterinarian, dentist, physician’s assistant or any other of the many health-related professional careers after Otterbein, you are looking in the right place: consider majoring in Biology! Your major should be in a field you are passionate about learning, so be sure to think about what classes in Health Studies really interests you. At Otterbein University, you will work with your academic and pre-professional health advisors to form an individualized 4 year-schedule of classes which will allow you to complete both the requirements for your Biology major and the necessary pre-requisites for your chosen professional school, whatever that may be.

Graduates from the Biology and Earth Sciences Departments have attended the following Professional Health Schools in recent years:

  • Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Wright State University’s Boonshoft School of Medicine
  • The Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • Ohio University Heritage College of Medicine
  • University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences

Programs of Study Related to Pre-Professional Health Studies

Bachelor of Science in Allied Health
This major will prepare you for graduate study in areas such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician’s assistant, nutrition and exercise science. You will develop expertise in human movement and human movement dysfunction. Allied health professionals may have direct or indirect contact with patients and be responsible for preparing and operating equipment, recording and reporting on patient response to treatment, assessing patient needs or analyzing data.
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Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
This major will prepare you for application to medical, dental, pharmacy and veterinary schools, as well as graduate study in the sciences. This major examines life at the molecular level using basic tools from chemistry and biology to dissect how organisms, cells and molecules function. Although a rigorous major, you will have the flexibility to tailor it to your interests, and you will be  required to complete a research project.
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Bachelor of Science in Biology
This major will prepare you for application to medical, dental, pharmacy, veterinary, optometry and nurse practitioner schools, as well as graduate study in the sciences. The major provides you with a solid foundation in biology, as well as the opportunity to take  specialized courses in more advanced fields. You will also be  encouraged to participate in research projects and internships, and have the opportunity to take field and international travel courses.
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Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
This major will prepare you for application to medical, dental and pharmacy schools, as well as graduate study in the sciences. Approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS), this major provides you with a broad and rigorous chemistry education to give you the intellectual, experimental and communication skills to become an effective scientific professional. You will gain hands-on experience with state-of-the-art instrumentation and have the opportunity to participate in research projects with faculty.
Learn more about Otterbein’s Chemistry major

Equine Pre-Veterinary/Pre-Graduate Studies
This major allows you to meet the requirements for entry to graduate programs and colleges of veterinary medicine, as well as gain valuable hands-on experience working with horses at Otterbein’s Austin E. Knowlton Center for Equine Science.
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Pre-Osteopathic Medicine
This program will prepare you for entry into Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Learn more about Otterbein’s Pre-Osteopathic Medicine program

Contact an advisor at Otterbein

Advisors for medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, podiatry, physician’s assistant

Dr. Mary Gahbauer (MD), Biology
Dr. Lisa Marr (MD), Biology

Advisors for physical therapy

Dr. Joan Rocks (PhD), Health and Sport Sciences
Dr .Shelly Payne (PhD), Health and Sport Sciences