Pre-Health Science Programs

The Pre-Health Science Program

A FOCUSED DIRECTION OF STUDY NOT RESULTING IN A MAJOR BUT DESIGNED TO SUPPLEMENT A CHOSEN MAJOR AND ENHANCE A STUDENT’S OPPORTUNITIES IN THE HEALTH SCIENCES.

HEALTH SCIENCES ADVISORY COMMITTEE

The Health Sciences Advisory Committee advises all students with an interest in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, osteopathy, optometry, podiatry, or other health sciences. It also provides recommendations to graduate or medical schools for all students who, in the judgment of the committee, are qualified for graduate study in one of the health sciences.

All students interested in health care are strongly encouraged to begin preparing for this goal early in their undergraduate career. To allow sufficient time to complete all courses in the proper sequence and within a four-year period, it is important that students begin their pre-medical studies immediately upon entering college. Normally, students interested in one of the health care professions will select a major in either biology, chemistry, or natural science; however, they may select any other major provided they complete the minimum curriculum in the sciences required by most medical schools (see below). Students are likely to increase their chances of admission to graduate or medical school if they take more science courses than the recommended minimum. Many graduate programs also require or expect practical experience in the student’s specific field, as well as involvement in additional academic projects such as independent study or internship research.

All students interested in a career in a health science should contact the assistant vice president for Academic Services who is the chair of the Health Sciences Advisory Committee during the first semester of the sophomore year. The chair will establish a file for each student containing academic records and other materials gathered or provided by the student. During the spring semester of the junior year, all students usually take the appropriate entrance examination for their specific field and supply the Health Sciences Advisory Committee with a personal statement explaining their specific interests. The committee will then interview each student and provide a recommendation for each student who, in the judgment of the committee, meets the standards and fulfills the requirements for the chosen field of study. The sequence of courses listed below is intended to serve as a general guide, and each student, in consultation with the adviser, will determine the specific courses that are to be taken in a given semester. Courses marked (*) are minimal requirements for most medical and dental schools.

Note: Students who intend to major in chemistry, mathematics, or natural science should take MATH 151, 152 and CHEM 105, 106 in their first year and BIOL 105, 106 as sophomores. In the list below, the minimum requirements for most schools of medicine and dentistry are summarized. A small number of schools have other requirements. Students may refer to Medical School Admission Requirements, published by the Association of Medical Colleges, to determine the specific requirements for the medical schools in which they are interested. A copy of this book is available for reference at the Career Development Center or from the chair of the Health Sciences Advisory Committee.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Biology: 1 year General Chemistry: 1 year Organic Chemistry: 1 year General Physics: 1 year English (including a course in English literature)

The following courses may also be recommended by many medical schools:

A small percentage of healthcare graduate programs may require a year of calculus. Contact the chair of Health Services Advisory Committee for more information