University of Jamestown offers pre-professional preparation for a number of health-related fields including medicine. Traditionally, more than 85 percent of our science (biology and chemistry) majors pursue further study or professional degrees in the health professions, graduate research, or teaching.


Most American medical colleges select for admission only those applicants with a four-year college degree and prefer students with a well-rounded liberal arts education. University of Jamestown students historically have received excellent preparation for successful performance on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). The key to this success is the availability of our instructors to help students. Students’ scholastic achievements and their successful attainment of career goals are of utmost importance to our faculty.

The majority of University of Jamestown pre-med students choose to major in either biology, biochemistry, or chemistry. A major in a different area may be satisfactory as long as the necessary pre-requisites are chosen in consultation with one’s adcademic advisor. It should be noted that the first two years of medical school consist of intensive coursework in biology and chemistry.

Program Strengths

As a pre-medicine student at University of Jamestown, you will benefit from:

  • faculty whose main focus is teaching
  • small class sizes assuring personal attention from instructors
  • advisers who are informed about the requirements and opportunities in pre-professional areas
  • a strong emphasis on the liberal arts, which will prepare you for medical school
  • many organizations and activities providing opportunities to develop non-academic skills while pursuing your professional goals


Recent graduate and professional school placement include the following:

  • Dartmouth University
  • Mayo Clinic
  • University of Alberta
  • University of North Dakota
  • University of South Dakota

View the Pre-Medicine fact sheet here.

Specific coursework for this major is outlined in the downloadable courses and requirements. Courses & Requirements

Our Academic Catalogs provide information on policies and procedures, the admissions process, programs of study, and degree requirements.

As course offerings can change from semester to semester, working with the Registrar’s office will ensure that your courses are kept on schedule so that you can graduate in four years.

Bruce Jensen, PhDProfessor

Certifications/Degrees: PhD, Developmental Biology, University of Wisconsin; BS, Biology, University of North Dakota
Teaches: Introduction to Biology, Cell Biology, Genetics, Evolution, and Molecular Biology
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Carl Steffan, PhDAssociate Professor

Certifications/Degrees: PhD, Iowa State University
Teaches: Physical and Inorganic Chemistry and Quantitative Analysis
Amarro-Anthony Anthony Amaro, PhDAssociate Professor

Certifications/Degrees: PhD, University of California, Davis
Teaches: Biochemistry and Organic Chemistry
Solensky-Michelle Michelle Solensky, PhDAssociate Professor

Certifications/Degrees: PhD, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota; BS, Biology, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Teaches: Human Anatomy and Physiology, Invertebrate Zoology, Vertebrate Zoology, Ecology, and Animal Behavior
Ault-Cindy Cindy Ault, MSAssistant Professor

Certifications/Degrees: MS, University of North Dakota
Teaches: Microbiology, Medical Terminology, Human Parasitology, Immunology, and Chemistry for Health Science
thorlakson, mika Mika Thorlakson, DCAssistant Professor

Certifications/Degrees: Doctor of Chiropractic, Northwestern Health Sciences University
UofJ Seal Kathleen Schnaars Uvino, Ph.DAssistant Professor

Certifications/Degrees: Ph.D in Biology: City University of New York; M. Phil. in Biology: CUNY; M.A in Biology: Queens College; M.S in Computer Science: Pace University; A.A.S in Veterinary Science Technology: SUNY - Delhi
Teaches: Introduction to Biology and Environmental Science

Adjunct Faculty
  • University of Jamestown
    Biology Department
    6062 College lane
    Jamestown ND, 58405

  • University of Jamestown
    Chemistry Department
    6001 College Lane
    Jamestown ND, 58405