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Pre-Medicine

Leaders in the delivery and practice of medical care.

Physicians and surgeons diagnose and treat injuries or illnesses. Physicians examine patients; take medical histories; prescribe medications; and order, perform, and interpret diagnostic tests. They counsel patients on diet, hygiene, and preventive healthcare. Surgeons operate on patients to treat injuries, such as broken bones; diseases, such as cancerous tumors; and deformities, such as cleft palates.

Physicians and surgeons have demanding education and training requirements. Almost all physicians complete at least 4 years of undergraduate school, 4 years of medical school, and, depending on their specialty, 3 to 8 years in internship and residency programs.  

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Enjoy lifelong learning
  • Curiosity about life
  • Critical thinking and enjoy solving problems
  • Enjoy science and the scientific method
  • Strong interpersonal skills

Internship Opportunities

  • Avera Health/Avera Institute for Human Genetics/Avera Sports Institute
  • Brookings Health System
  • Sanford Clinic/Sanford Research
  • SDSU Department of Biology and Microbiology
  • High Plains Genetics

Suggested Majors

  • Human Biology (B.S.)
  • Biochemistry (B.S.)
  • Biotechnology (B.S.)
  • Chemistry (B.S.)
  • Microbiology (B.S.)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics (B.S.)
  • Psychology (B.S.)
  • Physics (B.S.)

Suggested Minors

  • Chemistry
  • Health Communication
  • Health Science
  • Leadership
  • Microbiology

Professional Schools Admitting Graduates

  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Creighton University (Omaha, NE)
  • University of South Dakota (Vermillion, SD)
  • The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) (Virginia, Carolinas, Auburn)
  • Des Moines University (DMU)- Iowa Health

Still deciding? Reflecting on your values, interests, personality traits, and skills will provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. FOCUS 2 CAREER, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you do just that. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 CAREER by using the code: jacks. After completing FOCUS 2 CAREER, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.