Human Medicine

Medical professionals provide health care services to humans and include a wide variety of specialties: dentists, doctors, optometrists, podiatrists, genetic counselors, physical therapists, occupational therapists, physician assistants, and more.  They develop skills in microbiology, pathology, physiology, pharmacology, genetics, and surgery.  Many medical professionals practice medicine in a clinical setting, but training in this area can also open up careers in animal research, public health, food safety, regulatory medicine, and education. 

Becoming a medical professional usually requires specialized training and licensure, or post-graduate education.  There are many medical schools and other allied health programs in the United States, and each has somewhat different admissions requirements.  We recommend students investigate various paths in human medicine with their advisor and with the Pre-Health academic advising team in Catt Hall.  Students should identify programs to apply for as early as possible in order to determine exactly what preparation is required and tailor a program of study accordingly. 

Biology Specializations - Human Medicine (PDF)

Medical student

Opportunities at ISU

Biological Sciences Club (BSC)

The departmental club for Biology majors and anyone else interested in life science, the Biological Sciences Club features regular faculty speakers on a diverse range of life science topics.

Undergraduate Research Experience

Students in the Biology Program can engage in life science research and earn academic credit for the experience.  Students will learn how to seek out these opportunities during orientation and they are also welcome to discuss this with their academic advisor.  

Pre-Chiropractic Club

The Pre-Chiropractic Club is an organization dedicated to providing opportunities for students who are interested in pursuing a career in the chiropractic field upon completion of their undergraduate degree. 

Pre-Dental Club

The Pre-Dental Club aids ISU students pursuing a dentistry career with any questions they may have regarding dental school. 

Pre-Medical Club

ISU Pre-Medical Club is a organization that works to better prepare Pre-Medical students for acceptance into the medical field and to answer any questions about the path to and beyond medical school.

Pre-Pharmacy Club

The Pre-Pharmacy Club hosts a variety of activities to help prepare members for the pharmacy school application process. 

Pre-Physical Therapy Club

The goal of the Pre-Physical Therapy Club is to promote networking, individual growth, and preparation for future physical therapy professionals.

Pre-Physician Assistant Club

The purpose of the Pre-Physician Assistant Club is to educate students about the physician assistant profession and help students with the application process so they are adequately prepared when meeting with a potential employer or school.