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Preprofessional Programs
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Pre Dentistry, Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine | Pre Engineering | Pre Law | Pre Pharmacy | Pre Physical Therapy

UNCG's seven preprofessional programs, administered through the College of Arts and Sciences, offer all courses required for admission to medical or dental schools, to pharmacy, veterinary, or physical therapy schools, or as needed for entrance into law school. A two-year pre-engineering curriculum prepares students to transfer to schools with engineering programs.

Please note: preprofessional programs cannot be selected as primary majors. Students following one of the following preprofessional curricula must select another area of study as their primary major. The preprofessional programs are not majors in themselves but programs of study. Students following one of these programs must select another academic area of study as their first major. Students interested in pursuing one of the preprofessional curriculums are urged to seek advising early in their academic careers.

 

Pre Dentistry, Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine

Advisory Committee

Robert E. Cannon, Chair of Advisory Committee and Associate Professor, Department of Biology

Cindy Fuller, Assistant Professor, Department of Food, Nutrition, and Food Service Management

Eric Johnston, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry

Frank McCormack, Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy

Walter L. Salinger, Professor, Department of Psychology

Sheila Schurer, Assistant to the Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Students should contact a member of this committee for assistance in planning their program of study.

The admission requirements vary slightly among the various schools and programs. For specific information students should write directly to the individual schools for catalogs or consult the library. Other sources of information are current volumes of Medical School Admission Requirements and Admission Requirements of American Dental Schools.

The preprofessional programs constitute a core of courses which must be completed before admission to the professional schools. They can be successfully incorporated into almost any major. It has been shown in the case of medical schools that the choice of major does not significantly affect the student's probability of admission. Students should give consideration to any major which they find interesting and in which they feel they can do well. Nearly all students accepted to medical, dental, and veterinary schools have completed a bachelor's degree.

Medical schools generally require 2 semesters of English; 2 semesters of general biology (BIO 111, 112); 2 semesters of general chemistry with laboratory (CHE 111, 112, 114, 115); 2 semesters of organic chemistry with laboratory (CHE 351, 352, 354); 2 semesters of physics (PHY 211, 212 and 251, 252 labs or 291, 292 and 251, 252 labs). A few schools (e.g., Duke) also require mathematics through Calculus (MAT 191, 292).

Other courses which are often recommended include Mammalian Physiology (BIO 277), Biochemistry (BIO 535 or CHE 556), Genetics (BIO 392).

Dental school preparatory course requirements are usually very much like those for medical school. Many schools do, however, require Anatomy (BIO 271).

The list of required courses for veterinary schools is considerably more extensive than that for medical or dental schools. In addition to specifying more courses in mathematics, chemistry, and biology, these programs typically require or recommend more courses in animal science, general microbiology (BIO 481), biochemistry (BIO 535 or CHE 556) and nutrition (NFS 213). Significant work experience with animals or in a veterinarian's practice is required. Students interested in veterinary school should make contact with the school and with the advisory committee at an early stage of their undergraduate careers.

The achievement of outstanding academic credentials should not be accomplished at the cost of totally sacrificing extracurricular activities. Most professional programs prefer students who have participated in nonacademic activities and actively pursued a range of interests.

In addition to the core of preparatory courses, virtually all professional schools require some form of standardized test prior to consideration of a student's admission application. These tests are usually taken in the spring before application is made. Medical schools require the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), dental schools the Dental Admission Test (DAT), and veterinary schools the Veterinary College Admission Test (VCAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Aptitude Test.

Applications to professional schools are made a year before expected enrollment, usually between June 15 and November 15. Early application is strongly recommended. The American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) is the agent for most medical schools, and the American Association of Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS) is the agent for many dental schools. The Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) is the agent for most veterinary medical schools. Application materials are available from the committee. Veterinary, medical, and dental schools not subscribing to one of the application services must be contacted individually.

 

Pre Engineering

Advisors

Paul F. Duvall, Professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences

Robert B. Muir, Associate Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy

The following suggested two-year pre-engineering curriculum offers preparation for students who plan to transfer to engineering programs in other institutions. This program has been approved by the Subcommittee on Engineering Transfer for transfer to the engineering programs at North Carolina A & T State University, North Carolina State University, and The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Students interested in engineering should contact one of the advisors above as soon as possible.

See a detailed listing of the complete AULER area requirements and courses meeting those requirements. . Recommended are a beginning course in literature, history (200 level), history or philosophy of science, and communications (CST 105). Some engineering programs require proficiency in a foreign language through the level of the first year (101-102). Students should make appropriate selections after consultation with an advisor.

Pre Engineering Two-Year Curriculum

Freshman Year 1st Semester

 Course
Semester Hours
ENG 101 or exemption
3
CHE 111, 112
4
MAT 121 or 191
3
Select from AE, BL, FA, HP, NW, SB, WL
6
ESS
 1
 Total hours
17

Freshman Year 2nd Semester

 Course
Semester Hours
ENG 102 or exemption
3
CHE 114, 115
4
MAT 191 or 292
3
MAT 220
3
Select from AE, BL, FA, HP, NW, SB, WL
3
ESS
 1
 Total hours
17

Sophomore Year 1st Semester

 Course
Semester Hours
PHY 291, 251 lab
4
MAT 292 or 293
3
Select from AE, BL, FA, HP, NW, SB, WL
3
ECO 201 or elective
3
CSC 130
3
ESS
 1
 Total hours
17

Sophomore Year 2nd Semester

 Course
Semester Hours
PHY 292, 252 lab
4
MAT 293 or elective
3
Select from AE, BL, FA, HP, NW, SB, WL
6--9
ESS
 1
 Total hours
14-17


Pre Law

Advisory Committee

Donald Farole, Chair of Advisory Committee, Department of Political Science

Eloise Hassell, Department of Business Administration

Donald Farole, Department of Political Science

Christopher Hodgkins, Department of English

Saundra Westervelt, Department of Sociology

Michael Zimmerman, Department of Philosophy

Admittance to law school is based primarily on a student's grade point average, score on the law school admission test (LSAT), and other materials furnished in an application for admission.

Like most universities, UNCG does not have a pre-law major. Students who plan to attend law school may select their major from any academically rigorous field. However, since law schools seek to admit only students who can think, speak, and write at the highest levels of competency, students (regardless of major) should take courses that develop skills in critical, creative, and reflective thinking as well as clear and cogent writing and speaking. To obtain these skills, it is especially useful to take courses in the areas of Analytic and Evaluative Studies (AE) and Reasoning and Discourse (RD). Courses in these areas are offered by many departments, including Anthropology, communication Studies, English, History, Philosophy (which offers a prelaw concentration for majors), Political Science, Religious Studies, and Sociology. In addition, Freshman Seminar, Honors, Residential college, and Women's Studies courses are helpful. Students should also be sure to develop computer skills.

Students interested in prelaw should consult a prelaw advisor in addition to their major advisors.

 

Pre Medicine

(see Pre Dentistry, Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine)

 

Pre Pharmacy

Students seeking a professional degree in pharmacy may follow a prepharmacy curriculum at UNCG for two years before transferring to a school of pharmacy. An additional three to four years will then be required to complete the Doctor of Pharmacy degree. There are 73 accredited schools of pharmacy in the United States. The two in North Carolina are located at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at Campbell University.

Pre pharmacy requirements generally include the following:

  • BIO 111, 271, 271L, 280
  • CHE 111, 112, 114, 115, 351, 352, 354
  • ENG 101, 102
  • MAT 191
  • PHY 211, 212 (or PHY 291, 292) and 251, 252 labs
  • STA 108

Other specified courses to include foreign language or other approved liberal arts courses and physical education courses for a total of 64 semester hours of prepharmacy work.

Students will also be required to take the Pharmacy College Admission Test in the second year.

Completion of the prepharmacy work at UNCG does not guarantee admission to pharmacy school. Students should consult a prepharmacy advisor before registering for courses. Those planning to apply to out-of-state pharmacy schools should bring along information from those schools.

 

Pre Physical Therapy

Advisors

Department of Biology: Cannon, Katula, Leise, Lepri, Henrich, Hens, Redman

Department of Exercise and Sport Science: Karper and Robinson

There are currently six physical therapy programs in North Carolina. The programs at UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke University, East Carolina University, Elon College, and Western Carolina University offer entry-level Masters degrees. Winston Salem State University offers a BS in Physical Therapy.

Students seeking a masters degree in physical therapy may major in any academic area but will be expected to complete a core of science courses. The minimum grade point average for admission is 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Volunteer experience in physical therapy is required for admission. Requirements for the MPT generally include these courses:

  • General Psychology (PSY 121)
  • Human Growth and Development (HDF 211 or PSY 250)
  • CPR Certification

Additional recommendations include computer literacy and course work in biomechanics, and genetics. Students should contact the programs directly to ensure that they meet current requirements for each school. A complete listing of accredited physical therapy programs is available from the American Physical Therapy Association, 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, 703/684-APTA.

Students should contact an advisor for assistance in planning their program of study.

Pre Veterinary Medicine

(see Pre Dentistry, Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine)

  

 
 
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