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Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental

Thank you for your interest in the pre-medical/pre-dental living-learning community! Located in Tower Hall, we strive to foster a diverse environment that is inviting to all students interested in attending medical, dental, or veterinary school after graduation. 

*Students seeking health professions degrees such as Nursing, Clinical Laboratory Science, Communication Disorders, Radiation Therapy, or Respiratory Care may not benefit from this LLC, but we welcome your application if you are considering medical or dental school as an option in your future. 

Students accepted to this LLC enroll in the following courses together:

Fall: US1100, BIO 1330 (Functional Biology), BIO 1130 Lab (Functional Biology Lab), CHEM 1141 (General Chemistry | Lab), CHEM 1341 (General Chemistry I)

Spring: BIO 1331 (Organismal Biology), BIO 1131 (Organismal Biology Lab), CHEM 1142 (General Chemistry II Lab), CHEM 1342 (General Chemistry II)


Student Spotlight: Tyler Chapa

Tyler is a biology major from Rowlett, Texas

How did the LLC help you transition from your hometown to Texas State? Everyone in the LLC is in the same situation. We are all looking to make new friends, have fun, and still be successful. The LLC is a great place for this because it is structured to help, and it starts helping on day one-- combined with smiling faces at each turn making it easy to find new friends.

What has been your favorite social thing about the LLC thus far? I really enjoy all the different activities my RAs have planned but my favorite experience so far was the GOAL program which granted us a team building experience through fun events that brought us together!

How has the LLC helped you academically? Studying together and pushing each other to do our best in our more challenging science courses.

Who is your favorite professor and why? I would have to say my chemistry teacher, Mr. Timothy McVey, is my favorite teacher. He has a great sense of humor which makes him approachable and passionate about Chemistry and it shows!

What is a fun fact about you? I started my own business called TexasFenceAndStain while I was in high school and almost paid for my whole year of college in 60 days of working.


LLC Advisor: Dr. Marilyn Banta

Dr. Banta

Marilyn Banta is a senior lecturer in the Department of Biology and advisor for the Pre-Med/Pre-Dental LLC. (Supple 346, 512.245.3367).

Dr. Banta is one of several pre-health advisors on campus that assist Texas State students who are planning to apply to health-related professional programs like medical, dental, pharmacy, optometry, vet, or PA school. She has been the advisor for the Pre-Med/Pre-Dent Learning Community since its inception in 2009 and loves working with this highly motivated and hard-working group of LC students .

Dr. Banta is proud to be an army brat and that she has lived in 13 different states. In 2008, she and her husband moved to San Marcos and this marked the fourth time she has lived in the state of Texas. Other Texas homes have been Mineral Wells, El Paso, and College Station. When she is not advising pre-health students or teaching biology courses, Dr. Banta is busy being a mom to her daughter Natalie. She volunteers at the Hays County Animal Shelter and serves as the president of the PTO at her daughter’s elementary school.

Past events include "Meet the Professor," job shadowing, "Science Jeopardy," "Capture  the Flag in the Quad," midnight river floats, academic advising, CPR certification, student organization meetings (Medical Explorers and Pre-Med/Pre-Dent Society), GOAL challenge course at University Camp, "Fahrenheight 911," resume building, "Diversity Jelly Beans," "Family Dinner with Dr. Banta," "How to Prepare for Medical School," STEM Job Fair and Health Professions Job Fair sponsored by Career Services, "Why Go to Dental School presentation," and weekly study groups.

The pre-medical/pre-dental living-learning community traditionally participates in one or two site visits every year. These have included:

  • Texas A&M Health Science Center, Temple, Texas
  • Institute for Clinical Simulation and Patient Safety, Temple University School of Medicine
  • Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas
  • Army Burn Center, Department of Defense, San Antonio Military Medical Center
  • Center for the Intrepid, Brooke Army Medical Center
  • University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School


study group
simulation lab tour
pre-med/dent group picture
CPR certification program
trip to Brook Army Medical Center 2016
group picture with Dr. Banta 2015
early years group picture at Smith hall