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Biology and Wildlife Pre-Professional Programs

The Biology and Wildlife Program prepares students for many professional and post-baccalaureate programs, including medical, dental and veterinary medical school. Our department does not offer pre-med, pre-dental or pre-vet degree programs. Rather, students complete courses necessary to fulfill the pre-requisites for each program while pursing the degree of their choice. Students interested in pursuing a pre-professional program will be paired with an appropriate advisor to guide them through their program of study.

Although Alaska does not have its own medical school, we are part of the Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (WWAMI) program (see here). Students accepted into the WWAMI program pay in-state tuition rates to attend the University of Washington School of Medicine. Students spend part of their time in medical school at the University of Alaska in Anchorage (see here) and part of their time at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. 20 students are accepted into this highly competitive program each year. Students from Alaska compete only amongst each other for these 20 seats.

Alaska residents also have access to degree programs in dentistry, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, and podiatry through the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) (see here). This program provides students with reduced tuition rates at participating universities outside of Alaska.


Students in Human Anatomy and Physiology (BIOL 112) use models to learn the digestive system. Photo Credit: Todd Paris

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