Frequently Asked Questions

What premedical programs does Ithaca offer?

At Ithaca College, you can prepare in a variety of ways for postgraduate study in medicine, dentistry, osteopathy, podiatry, optometry, chiropractic, or veterinary medicine. No specific major is required to prepare for the medical professions, but the recommended science courses include advanced courses in biology, chemistry, and physics. In addition, a strong foundation in the humanities is desirable. Since the criteria for entrance into any of these fields are constantly changing, you'll also want to be in close contact with the Premedical Sciences Advisory Committee.

If you are interested in premed, you’ll major in a specific area of study. It’s important to consider what that area offers beyond preparation for rigorous training in medical school. For example, premed students majoring in health sciences take a distinctly different set of courses than premed students who major in biology or in English. You’ll want to work closely with your adviser and choose a major that will provide you with the greatest opportunities to pursue your individual interests and objectives in medicine.

Premed Option

Preoptometry Option