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School of Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry Pre-Med Degree



UW-Stevens Point connects our students to impactful training for careers in medicine. You will study in our highly specialized teaching and research labs in the university’s new Chemistry Biology Building, a state-of-the-art, $75 million facility.

Beyond the classroom, students in the Department of Biology pre-medical and pre-physician assistant programs can apply to expand what they’re learned in courses by enrolling in the Pre-med Winter Preceptorship through the Marshfield Clinic Health System. This rewarding program for undergraduates allows them to take their understanding of human physiology and anatomical structures and connect more deeply with experiential learning in a medical setting.

Why study Pre-Med Program at UWSP?

Our students get hands-on research opportunities with faculty in areas such as cell and molecular biology, microbiology, virology, immunology, cancer biology, molecular ecology, genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, protein structure and function, developmental biology, neurobiology and behavior, ecology, evolutionary biology, organismal biology, and taxonomy. A high percentage of our students participate in laboratory and field research projects with Biology faculty mentors.

Winter Preceptorship

In-Depth Student Experience

The Winter Preceptorship offers a transformational hands-on learning experience for undergraduates.  Biochemistry and biology- pre-med emphasis major Payton Jorgenson shadowed Marshfield Health System doctors and physician’s assistants in Marshfield, observing rotations in family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pathology, neurology and pediatrics in his winter preceptorship. The team made it possible for him to observe a range of patient care, from a newborn infant up to care for seniors.  Students pursuing medical careers may apply beginning in sophomore year. 


Faculty Expertise and Support

Most of our classes and labs are taught by a Ph.D.-trained instructor with expertise in the field. A high percentage of our students participate in laboratory and field research projects with Biology faculty mentors. Many students also spend the summer conducting research at UW-Stevens Point and at a variety of cooperating institutions. Our undergraduates often publish their findings with our faculty and are listed as co-authors in top-tier biology research journals. We encourage our students to participate in field courses and internships. Students also have the opportunity to attend regional, national, and international conferences!

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From the moment you step on campus and into our classes, you’ll feel at home. Right from the start you’ll get to meet other Biochemistry and Biology majors in your introductory courses.

Biology courses at UW-Stevens Point begin with studies in plant and animal biology, genetics and ecology. You then select a course in animal, human, plant or cell physiology, and you’re encouraged to follow your interests in electives. Although not required, we advise students in all pre-professional areas to get a bachelor of science degree before entering a professional school.  If you would like more specific information or advisement, the Department of Biology will assist you in finding an adviser to help you plan your program. 


We also have a very active pre-med/PA club on campus, which is a great way to meet other pre-med students and hear from professionals about different medical fields.  In addition to weekly meetings, we regularly hold a wide variety of events such as EMT skills nights, suturing clinics, dinner with the docs, and many more fun activities throughout the year.  

Student-run organizations at UW-Stevens Point offer a number of opportunities to get involved with fellow students, professors, and the community. Explore here! Below are just some of the student clubs related to careers in medicine.

  • Pre-Med and Allied Health
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Neuroscience
  • Tri-Beta Lambda Omicron Chapter
  • Chemistry Club
  • American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


Michael Steury

  • Associate Professor of Biology

Jennifer Bray

  • Associate Professor
  • Coordinator, Pre-Medical Preceptorship

Karin Bodensteiner

  • Professor of Biology Academic Director
  • Online Associates of Arts and Sciences Degree