Requirements for BS in Chemistry, Biochemistry Option

Chemistry towards Medicine, Dentistry, and Veterinary Science

Chemistry provides a rigorous training in preparation for graduate study in medicine, dentistry, or veterinary science. Each year, about 20% of our Chemistry graduates pursue postgraduate training in one of the above areas. The following prerequisites are required for admission to medical, dental, or veterinary school:

  • A Bachelor's degree in any area of specialization
  • One year of general biology
  • Two years of chemistry (general and organic chemistry)
  • One year of physics
  • One year of calculus

A common misconception is that you must have a BS degree in biology to be considered for medical school admission. Students from all disciplines continue on to study in the allied health sciences.

We recommend the Biochemistry option of the Chemistry degree for students considering a career in the allied health fields. Biochemistry is a required first year course in all allied health disciplines, and having a strong background in Biochemistry will ease the transition into the rigors of medical or dental school.


Villanova Liberal Arts

Villanova is proud of its history of being a university with a strong liberal arts program. This program ensures that all students, regardless of major, receive a well-rounded education.