The Pre-Health Professions Certificate provides an opportunity for College of Natural Sciences (CNS) majors to augment their science experience with complementary health-related courses while earning a transcripted certificate. 

The Certificate for CNS majors is 18 hours comprised of several health-related themes and supplemental science courses. Students must complete a minimum of 9 hours (and may complete a maximum of 18 hours) of theme courses. The themes are mix-and-match, you do not need to focus in one theme, though if you are able to secure enough courses to specialize in one theme you are welcome to do so. For students completing fewer than 18 hours of theme courses please see the supplemental science courses at the bottom of this page.

Students may apply no more than 9 hours from the optional science/statistics courselist toward the certificate requirements.

All coursework must be completed with a C- or better and at least 9 hours of the coursework must be completed in residence at UT Austin. Credit by exam hours can be applied toward the certificate if the credit is for a specific course listed as a course option for the certificate.

Students may also apply for the certificate within one year after they graduate. A maximum of 9 hours may be taken after earning an undergraduate degree. 

Non-Degree Seeking Students: You may apply to the Pre-Health Professions Certificate by following the admissions procedures and certificate requirements outlined on the "Major in Anotehr College at UT" page under the 2014-2016 catalog tab. Be mindful that students who have already earned an Undergraduate degree either from another instituion or more than 1 year ago from UT Austin, are NOT eligible to earn the Pre-Health Professions Certificate.

Note: If you are pursuing a degree from an earlier catalog than 2014 – 2016, please follow the requirements in the 2014-2016 catalog. If you are unsure of what catalog you are under, please refer to our FAQ's.


2018-2020 Catalog

An application FOR ADMISSIONS is required in order to PURSUE the PRE-HEALTH PROFESSIONS certificate.

The application for admission will be available August 1st.


BSA Students: Please note that coursework undertaken for certificates may overlap with the Core curriculum, flags, Language Arts & Culture and Honors coursework. Overlap is allowed between major coursework and certificate requirements. However, at least one course should come from outside of major coursework.

* Denotes the flag(s) carried by a particular course. Flag designations are subject to change. Always check the current course schedule for the most up to date flag information for a course.

To review requirements and track your progress download the complete certificate checklist for science majors



Cultural Awareness


   ANT 322M – Topic 12: Mexican Immigration Cultural History *CD

   ANT 322M - Topic 10: Mexican American Indigenous Heritage (MAS 374, LAS 324) *CD

Asian American Studies

   AAS 301 – Introduction to Asian American Studies *CD

   AAS 310 – Topic 1: Psychological Perspectives on Asian American Identity

African and African Diaspora Studies

   AFR 301 – African American Culture (offered Fall)

   AFR 374D - Psychology of the African American Experience (EDP 362-9) *CD

Communication Science & Disorders

   CSD 308K - Perspectives of Deafness *CD


   HIS 365G - 20th Century US Lesbian/Gay History (AMS 370, WGS 335) *WR, CD, II

   HIS 340T - Taiwan: Colonization, Migration, Identity (AAS 325) *WR, CD, GC

Mexican American Studies

   MAS 307 – Introduction to Mexican American Cultural Studies

   MAS 319: Topic - Mexican Immigration Cultural History (LAS 310, ANT 310L)

Middle Eastern Studies

   MES 301L - Introduction to the Middle East: Adjustment and Change in Modern Times (offered Spring and Summer Session II) *GC

Health and Anatomy


   ANT 348K - Sex & Human Nature

Art History:

   ARH 339R - Art, Art History, Medicine

Classical Civilization

   CC 306M – Introduction to Medical and Scientific Terminology *GC

Communication Science & Disorders

   CSD 306K - Introduction to Communication Disorders

Heath Education - these courses are typically restricted to HED majors. If you are able to add the course, you may take it. If you are restricted from the course you may attend on the first day of class to seek professor approval to add the course:  

   HED 335 – Theories of Substance Use and Abuse

   HED 343 – Foundations of Epidemiology

   HED 352K – Any topic offered

   HED 370K – Any topic offered

   HED 373 – Evaluation and Research Design

Kinesiology - these courses are typically restricted to KIN majors. If you are able to add the course, you may take it. If you are restricted from the course you may attend on the first day of class to seek professor approval to add the course

   KIN 320­ – Applied Biomechanics of Human Movement

   KIN 424K – Applied Human Anatomy

   KIN 425K – Physiology of Exercise

   KIN 326K – Kinesiology: Biomechanical Analysis of Movement *QR


   SOC 307K - Fertility & Reproduction (WGS 301-20) *CD, GC  (Offered on a Variable Basis)

   SOC 304 - Society, Health & Happiness (Offered on a Variable Basis)


   PSY 301 – Introduction to Psychology  or  SS 301 - Psychology

   PSY 308 – Biopsychology

   PSY 332C – Hormones and Behavior

   PSY 341K – Topic 4: Health Psychology *WR

   PSY 353K – Psychopharmacology

One of the following:

   EDP 363 – Topic 3 or EDP 350L: Human Sexuality or HED 366 – Human Sexuality

   PSY 306 – Human Sexuality

   PSY 346K – Psychology of Sex

Healthcare Policy


   ANT 324L - Biomedicine, Ethics & Culture (RS 373M, ANS 361) *GC, EL

Communication Studies

   CMS 322E – Communication Ethics

   CMS 355K - Intercultural Communication

   CMS 330 - Interpersonal Health Communication *WR


   ECO 330T - Health Economics


   GRG 344K – Global Food, Farming & Hunger (LAS 330) (GC, WR) *GC, WR

   GRG 356 – Topic 1: Children’s Environmental Health

   GRG 356T – Topic 9: Human Health & Environment (URB 350-2)

   GRG 357 – Medical Geography


    GOV 370L - Topic 23: Politics of Health Care

One of the following may apply:  

   HED 378D Topic 1 - Healthy Horns

   HED 378D Topic 2 - Mental Health Promotion

   HED 378D Topic 3 - Clinic Volunteer Program

Health & Society:

    H S 330 - Health Care Policy in the U.S. 


   HIS 350R – Topic 18: Women in Sickness and Health *II, WR

Management - Course is restricted during initial registration period. Restrictions are lifted for second registration access period and add/drops.

   MAN 334M - Healthcare System Management


   PHM 338 - Introduction to Pharmacology


   PHL 325M – Medicine, Ethics, and Society *EL

Public Health:

   PBH 317 – Introduction to Public Health


   N 309 – Global Health *GC

   N 321 – Ethics of Health Care *EL, WR


   SOC 307P – Introduction to Sociology of Health & Wellbeing (Offered on a Variable Basis)

   SOC 319 – Introduction to Social Demography *GC  (Offered on a Variable Basis)

   SOC 321G – Global Health Issues & Systems *GC, WR

   SOC 336D – Race, Class, and Health *CD

   SOC 354K – Sociology of Health and Illness (Rarely Offered)

   SOC 358D – Healthcare Policies & Health Systems

   SOC 368D – Social Context of Public Health (No Longer Offered through SOC)

   SOC 369K – Population and Society *GC

Urban Studies

   URB 350 – Topic 2: Human Health and the Environment


Human and Societal Development

Communication Studies

   CMS 310K – Team-Based Communication

   CMS 322E – Communication Ethics

Educational Psychology

   EDP 350E –Introduction: Life Span Development

Heath Education:

   HED 329K - Child, Adolescent & Adult Health


   HIS 366N – Global History of Disease (AFR 372D) *GC

Human Development & Family Sciences:

   HDF 304 – Family Relationships

   HDF 313 – Child Development

   HDF 335 – Adult Development

   HDF 342 – Development of Psychopathology from Infancy through Adolescence

   HDF 343 - Human Development in Minority & Immigrant Families *CD, WR

   HDF 351 – Infant Development and Attachment Relationships

   HDF 378K – Biobehavior Health Processes Across the Family


   N 310 – Communication in Health Care Settings


   PSY 301 – Introduction to Psychology

   PSY 308 – Biopsychology

   PSY 332C – Hormones and Behavior

   PSY 333D – Introduction to Developmental Psychology

   PSY 341K – Topic 4: Health Psychology

Social Work

   SW 360K - Loss & Grief: Individual and Family Perspectives


   SOC 302 – Introduction to the Study of Society

   SOC 308 – Social Determinants of Health (This topic only)

   SOC 308S – Health & Society (H S 301)

   SOC 321K Mental Health in Social Context (This topic only) (Offered on a Variable Basis)

   SOC 330C – Death and Dying: Sociological Perspectives (Rarely offered)

   SOC 333K – Sociology of Gender (Offered on a Variable Basis)


African and African Diaspora Studies

   AFR 372D – Exploring Food & Urban Change: Theory & Praxis (ADV 378, WGS 340) *II, CD, EL

Communication Studies

   CMS 322E – Communication Ethics


   GOV 370L-21 – Politics of Food in America (Offered every 3rd term. Offered Fall 2016)


   HIS 350R – Topic 5: American Cultural History of Alcohol and Drugs *II, WR


   NTR 306 - Fundamentals of Nutrition*

   NTR 312 – Introduction to Nutritional Sciences

   NTR 315 - Nutrition through the Life Cycle

   NTR 218 – Assessment of Nutritional Status

   NTR 321 - International Nutrition: The Developing World

   NTR 326 – Cellular and Molecular Nutrition

   NTR 331 – International Nutrition: Social and Environmental Policies *EL

   NTR 332 - Community Nutrition


   SOC 323F - Food & Society (SOC 321K) *WR  (Offered on a Variable Basis)



 CH 320M, CH 320N, CH 220C

 BCH 369


BIO 311C, BIO 311D, BIO 206L


One of the following Physics sequences may be applied:

PHY 302K / 102M + PHY 302L / 102N

PHY 317K / 117M + PHY 317L / 117N

PHY 301 / 101L + PHY 316/ 116L

PHY 303K / 103M + PHY 303L / 103N


One of the following Statistics courses may be applied:

SDS 301, SDS 302 *EL, SDS 304, SDS 306, SDS 328M *EL, II

Please note: Additional upper-division coursework in biochemistry, biology and chemistry may apply with approval of the undergraduate certificate advisor