Post-baccalaureate Pre-Professional Programs
The Department of Biological, Chemical, and Physical Sciences offers a post-baccalaureate, pre-professional curriculum for students who need college-level science courses in order to apply for admission to medical, dental, or veterinary school. This curriculum provides students with the science and mathematics courses required by most professional schools and helps prepare students for professional school standardized admission tests (the MCAT, DAT, PCAT and VAT). Post-baccalaureate students with substantial undergraduate science background may want to consider the MS in Biotechnology and Chemical Science or the MS in Biology as an alternative to the program outlined below.
With appropriate course selection and full-time attendance students may complete the curriculum below in one calendar year and take the appropriate standardized admission test in the summer. To accomplish this, students who lack general chemistry and college algebra must begin study in the summer term. Students who have acceptable credits in these subjects may begin in the fall term. In either case, the need to finish certain courses in sequence dictates that students plan to enter professional school no sooner than two years after they begin full-time study. Students may also pursue this curriculum on a part-time basis with appropriate adjustment of the target admission dates.
Students may wish to supplement this basic program with additional courses in statistics, calculus, biology, and chemistry. Each student in the program is assigned a personal advisor who will help him/her prepare a strategy for professional school admission and counsel him/ her on appropriate course work.
The post-baccalaureate pre-professional program is open to students who have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a four-point scale for their last 60 semester hours of course work.
This schedule assumes full-time study for three successive terms beginning in the summer. Students with acceptable credit in general chemistry and mathematics may elect to begin study in the fall but are encouraged to take CHEM 211 and CHEM 212 in the first summer. MCAT, DAT and VCAT review courses are offered by outside agencies. They are recommended but not required and are not part of the formal program.