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Biological Sciences

Overview - Medical Science

Program Name

Biological Sciences


Medical Science


College of Arts and Sciences


Biological Sciences

Degrees Available at SIUE

  • Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences, Medical Science Specialization

Medical Science Specialization at SIUE

The medical science specialization is designed principally as a pre-health professions curriculum that will prepare students for entry into medical, dental, pharmacy, veterinary, optometry, osteopathy, chiropractic and podiatry schools, as well as many other allied health professional programs. 

The medical sciences curriculum has been selected specifically to provide students with a course of study that will satisfy the rigorous entrance requirements of any health-sciences professional school. The medical sciences specialization is also appropriate for students who wish to pursue advanced graduate study in a field of medical research, or opt to pursue entry-level employment in a health-professions related field upon completion of the bachelor’s degree at SIUE.

Our health professions advisors maintain a centralized evaluation service to aid students seeking entry into professional schools during the application process. Health professions advising is available in the College of Arts and Sciences Advisement Office to assist interested students with the application procedures for health professions applications.

Career Opportunities

Most students entering schools of medicine, dentistry, optometry, osteopathy, veterinary science, chiropractic and podiatry are biology majors. Health-related occupations, such as nutrition, occupational and physical therapy, almost always require sound basic training in biology as well. Many other careers are also available for people with basic or advanced training in biology. There are opportunities in genetic engineering, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, parasitology, and physiology to name a few. Technical and supervisory positions are available in federal, state, industrial and university laboratories. 

Other Biology Programs at SIUE

  • Ecology, Evolution, and Environment
  • Genetics and Cellular Biology
  • Integrative Biology
  • Medical Technology
  • Secondary Education Certification
  • Combined Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Dental Medicine Program

Contact Information

Department of Biological Sciences
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Campus Box 1651
Edwardsville, IL 62026

Phone: (618) 650-3927
Fax: (618) 650-3174

Medical Science


Department of Biological Sciences
Undergraduate Inquiries
Office Phone: (618) 650-3927
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