After graduating from UM, Dr. Austin Howard went on to attend medical school at UMMC in Jackson, MS.

Although any major can be used to apply to health-related graduate programs, necessary prerequisite courses are required for admission and adequate preparation for entrance exams is important.  There are three excellent pre-health degree tracks offered by the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry.  These are the B.A. in Biochemistry, the B.S. in Chemistry with an emphasis in Biochemistry, and the B.S. in Forensic Chemistry degrees.  The B.S. in Chemistry degree provides a more rigorous math and science curriculum with opportunities for significant biochemistry research experience.  The B.A. in Biochemistry curriculum follows the recommendations of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), and focuses on the composition, properties, and reactions of biological substances while students gain enhanced reasoning and problem solving skills.  The B.A. in Biochemistry degree offers more flexibility for the necessary shadowing and volunteering hours needed for many professional health programs.