Prepare for Medical School With a Relevant Science Degree from USF
If a career in human or animal medicine is your true calling or mission in life, then a private Christian university makes the most sense for your pre-med degree program.
Before getting into upper-level courses for your pre-med education, you’ll begin with a solid core of liberal arts courses at the University of Sioux Falls in South Dakota. Choose USF and earn your accredited bachelor of science in the sciences – typically biology or chemistry – before going on to your professional medical education.
A Christian, liberal arts university, USF gives you the best options and greater educational depth than colleges that focus more on that science for science’s sake. USF offers the following programs:
- Pre-Professional Programs in Physician Assistant Studies, Pre-Dental, Pre-Medical or Pre-Veterinary
- Pre-Professional Program in Chiropractic Science
- Pre-Professional Program in Mortuary Science
- Pre-Professional Program in Occupational Therapy or Physical Therapy
Reasons to Earn Your Bachelor’s Degree from USF
When you study biology or chemistry as part of your pre-med education at USF in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, expect to meet and connect with thought-leaders among USF’s science and other faculty.
As a private Christian university, USF gives you the personal attention you deserve and the support you want for your top pre-med goals. Most importantly, you’ll be prepared for your career in medicine, whatever medical path you choose in the future:
- Think critically about everything you read, hear and learn
- Do real-world research thanks to USF’s partnership with the South Dakota Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network
- Gain strong communication skills in person, including a foreign language if you choose
- Get hands-on experience in our on-campus science labs and classrooms
In addition, you can take part in student activities, including Christian mission trips and other activities centered on your faith in God and your commitment to service.
Dr. Bill Soeffing
Professor of Biology
Biology, Secondary Education
Biology and Exercise Science
USF’s pre-med graduates go on to top medical and veterinary schools and other professional medical degree programs. After graduating from those medical school programs, medical professionals typically earn $59,200 to more than $187,000 for physicians and surgeons.
Private practice or as part of a medical organization team
Private practice or as part of a larger dental organization
Occupational therapist or physical therapist
Working as a solo practitioner or in a hospital or other medical facility
Physician or surgeon
Typically in private practice
Working in private practice with large or food animals, companion animals or in biomedical research
Additional Pre-Med Options and Resources
Find extra opportunities beyond earning your bachelor’s degree at USF.
Joseph E. Salsbury Science Center
See inside USF’s science center. Classrooms, labs and more.Learn More
Gain hands-on experience through research opportunities.Learn More
Find a place to belong. Be part of the USF and Sioux Falls community through student organizations.Learn More
Put Culture for Service in action during your time on USF’s campus in Sioux Falls.Learn More