Pursue Your Passion

Looking to secure your future career in the health sciences, medicine, or biotechnology? Careers in this field range from medical doctors, nurses, and scientists, to bioengineering research, interdisciplinary study and more. The immediate future of these disciplines promises an era of important advances in medicine and profound discoveries. Explore majors and potential career paths to see how your passion for biology, medicine, and health sciences connects with your future.

Majors in this Pathway

application deadline

Application Deadline:
November 30, 2024

no SAT required


multiple degrees available

Multiple Degrees

Financial Aid Available

Financial Aid

Pathway Careers

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Ranked Top 100
US News & World Report
ranked 49 overall in the nation
Washington Monthly
ranked 5 in social mobility
ranked 15 in california colleges

Lead Pre-Health

A one-year leadership development program for students interested in Healthcare professions. The program includes executive leadership seminars with local health care and public health leaders and leader-development workshops. Every student completes a team-based health care leadership project addressing a real need in the local community.

Pre-Health Advising

Advising services available to help students choose a health career path and plan their academic and co-curricular activities to help build a successful application.

Pre-Health Certificate

Coming soon!

MD Pathway LLC

Coming Fall 2023! Look out for community details coming soon!

Doctor of Pharmacy Admissions Pathway

Qualified UC Merced students are offered early, guaranteed admissions to the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Doctor of Pharmacy Program at the University of the Pacific.

American Medical Student Association

A student organization dedicated to providing information, support and professional development for future physicians-in-training

Public Health Pathways

A Living Learning Community (LLC) that combines formal classroom learning with experiential and research activities to prepare students to engage in public health research and advocacy.

Biological Sciences Club

Works to establish a peer-mentoring to increase scientific literacy within the community, provide student-faculty networking and provide opportunities for different biology degree paths.

Study Abroad Programs for Public Health

Offers global health studies opportunities in Australia, Dominican Republic, Ghana, the Netherlands and Thailand.

Beyond the MD

A Living Learning Community (LLC) for students interested in pursuing biomedical and health-related professions. Students will engage with local physician assistants, physical and occupational therapists, optometrists and other health care professionals, as well as faculty who work in biomedical research and public health in order to learn about career options in clinical, industry, government and academic settings.

Study Abroad Programs for Biological Sciences

Offers human biology and pre-med requirements study opportunities in England, Scotland, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, Canada, Korea and Sweden.