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:

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 live fully engaged in all USF has to offer by taking part in student activities, including Christian mission trips and other activities centered on your faith in God and your commitment to service.

Medicine Stories

Medical Careers

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.
Salsbury Science Center at USF.
Joseph E. Salsbury Science Center

See inside USF’s science center. Classrooms, labs and more.

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Research Opportunities

Gain hands-on experience through research opportunities.

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Student Life

Find a place to belong. Be part of the USF and Sioux Falls community through student organizations.

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Students putting Culture for Service in action at USF.
Campus Ministries

Put Culture for Service in action during your time on USF’s campus in Sioux Falls.

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