Physics and Pre-Health


Physics is one of many possible majors that may be chosen by a student interested in a career in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and allied health fields.

Check out some of our alumni who have chosen to do exactly this:

  • Bill Newsome, a Stetson Physics alum, got a Ph.D. in biology and is a professor of neurobiology at Stanford Medical School.
  • Raoul Sanchez, a Stetson Physics alum, is now a pediatrician.

  • Renée (Dickinson) Butler, a Stetson Physics alum (far right in the photo), is now a medical physicist

Professional schools in the health professions areas require students to complete a core set of science courses that generally includes General Biology I & II, General Chemistry I & II, Organic Chemistry I & II, and Biochemistry (plus several physics and mathematics courses that all physics majors take). Since all of these additional courses include a laboratory, careful planning is required to schedule them in a sequence with a manageable work load. One possible sequence for the courses a physics major with pre-health goals can be found in the The Physics Major's HandbookStudents should consult advisors in both the Physics Department and in the Pre-Medicine and Heath Professions Program prior to registering each semester. More information on the Pre-Medicine and Health Professions Program can be found on the Stetson pre-health web site, and Dr. Mike King, the pre-health professions advisor, is willing to help and guide any physics major interested in pursuing a career in a medical field.