Pre-Professional Programs

Considering a career in medicine, dentistry or another health-related profession?  

Our Biological Sciences program is a great place to start! 

Courses within our lower division core curriculum allow you to meet the requirements for a range of professional programs while specialized elective courses let you benefit from the unique perspectives that Biology brings to health (evolution, ecosystem health, ecotoxicology, etc.).  

Prepare for Your Future

A first degree in Biology can help you prepare for entry to professional programs in areas such as medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, or optometry.  It can also be used to meet the qualifying course work for post-degree programs in pharmacy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, genetic counselling or naturopathic medicine.

*Retroactive Degree Completion for Professional School Transfers

Students who receive acceptance to an accredited professional school prior to graduation from SFU (e.g. in the third year of the Biological Sciences degree), can retroactively apply for the award of their Bachelor of Science degree. 

Students are eligible to receive up to 30 upper division transfer units and a bachelor of science (BSc) degree after the completion of their second year of professional study if they have completed at least 90 units of Simon Fraser University credit normally including:

  • all lower division requirements
  • the upper division core requirements for their major
  • the university's upper division unit requirement
  • acceptance into an accredited professional program in dentistry, medicine, optometry, or veterinary medicine

Professional program courses must not duplicate those already completed at Simon Fraser University and must be acceptable for transfer credit to the University. Candidates apply for transfer credit and for receipt of the degree through Student Services.

Graduates of our programs have been accepted at professional schools and post-degree programs across the country including: