Pre-Medical Physics is an emphasis designed for students planning on entering medical professional schools. Students who enroll in this emphasis should be planning on going to medical, podiatry, dental, or optometry school (or a similar professional program).

Understand the Difference

The Physics Department offers students a solid foundation in both classical and modern physics. Pre-Medical emphasis students take an additional 12 credits in chemistry and biology. Laboratory courses are an important component of the physics program, giving students valuable skills and knowledge in many areas.

Faculty are always on hand to help guide students throughout their coursework and experiences on campus. Courses are specifically designed to allow for the maximum interaction possible to help students get to know the faculty on a more personal level. Students have the chance to be mentored towards a future career path that will be best suited and rewarding to them.

The professors sincerely care about the students. It shows in how they take the time to know us personally. They are approachable, they share with us their experiences when they were in our place, and they don't make us feel stupid for asking questions. That goes a long way in the students' progress.

Angel R.,
BYU-I Graduate

Career Path

Graduates with a degree in Physics, emphasis in Pre-Medical, have a wide array of rewarding careers before them. Check out some of the top careers students get with this degree or explore more career options in I-Plan.

Highlighted Career Paths

Medical Physician

Medical physicians is a professional who practices medicine, which is concerned with promoting, maintaining, or restoring health through the study, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, injury, and other physical and mental impairments.


Optometrists are health care professionals who provide primary eye care through comprehensive eye examinations to detect and treat various visual abnormalities and eye diseases.


Dentistry is a branch of medicine that consists of the study, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases, disorders, and conditions of the oral cavity, commonly in the dentition but also related structures and tissues, particularly in the maxillofacial (jaw and facial) area.

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All degree related careers can be found in I-Plan, along with related salary information.

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Getting started in this degree

If you want to get a taste for Physics, emphasis in Pre-Medical, start with one of the following degree-specific courses:

For a full listing of all courses required for this degree, refer to the course catalog.

* If you are not prepared to take Calculus your first semester, contact your faculty mentor of Physics Dept. Office


Interested in this major? Contact Advising to discuss your questions, degree options, and Grad Plan.

Declare B.S. in Physics, emphasis in Pre-Medical

The Advising Office can help with degree planning and preparation. To declare your major or minor, plan classes, or find out who your advisor is, visit the Advising homepage.

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