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Pre-professional


Students who are interested in one of the medical professions should be aware that there is no specific major required by any of the professional programs. At Southwestern University, there are no designated premedical, predental, or preveterinary medical majors.

All of the medical professional schools have specific educational requirements that students must complete to prepare them for professional studies. Professional schools will not consider students for admission unless all of the course requirements are met. These required courses must be taken at an accredited university in the United States or Canada. The courses should be taken for a grade (not P/F).

There are some differences in the course requirements for medical, dental, and veterinary medical schools, and students need to be aware of those differences. A concise statement of educational requirements for Texas medical schools is provided at the Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS) web site. The policy regarding credit for Advanced Placement Courses is described at the TMDSAS web site also.

Southwestern University regularly offers most or all of the courses required by the professional schools in Texas. Exceptions are three courses required by Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine: General Animal Science, Animal Nutrition, and Technical Writing. Options for completing these courses as an undergraduate are given on the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine's web site.

Courses offered at Southwestern University that fulfill professional educational requirements are listed below. Other information about requirements for admission to professional schools (other specific course requirements, Admissions Tests, work experience, deadlines for applications, etc.) are on linked pages.

Chemistry

  • General Chemistry (CHE51-151, 153, 161, 163 or CHE51-171.173 and 211, 213)
  • Organic Chemistry (CHE51-544 and 554 or 564)
  • Biochemistry (CHE51-571, 573 or BIO50-571, 573)

One semester of Biochemistry is required only at UT Dental Branch at Houston and UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. It is a recommended course at other schools and can be used to fulfill an upper-level Biology requirement. Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine requires 5 semester hours of Biochemistry lecture, and thus two semesters of Biochemistry should be taken to fulfill the requirement for veterinary medical school.

Biology

  • General Biology (BIO50-102, 112, 122, 162)
  • Upper-level Biology (enough to total at least 14 credit hours)

Note: Microbiology (with lab) and Genetics are required upper-level courses for Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine.

Physics

  • General Physics (PHY53-154, 164)

Mathematics

  • Calculus or Statistics (MAT52-154 or 113)

Note: The Calculus/Statistics requirement does not apply to dental schools.

English

  • College Writing (UST05-113) or equivalent, and one other course with English prefix (totaling at least six semester hours)


Typical First-Year Course Schedule

A typical course schedule for a first-year pre-professional student would be similar to what is outlined below. It is important for a student to work closely with their academic advisor to make sure Southwestern University degree requirements and required courses for professional schools are completed in a timely way.

Fall Semester

UST05-012 First Year Seminar
UST05-113 College Writing (if assigned)
CHE51-153,151 Chemical Concepts and Properties I
BIO50-102 Cell Biology
BIO50-112 Biodiversity
MAT52-154 (or 113) Calculus I or Statistics (if College Writing in Spring)
3 credit hours Distribution Requirement if receiving AP credit for UST05-113

Spring Semester

UST05-113 College Writing (if assigned)
CHE51-163,161 Chemical Concepts and Properties II
BIO50-162 Genes and Molecules
BIO50-122 Genetics and Evolution
MAT52-154 (or 113) Calculus I or Statistics (if College Writing in Fall)
3 credit hours Distribution Requirement if receiving AP credit for UST05-113

Standardized Exams for Professional Programs

All medical schools in Texas require applicants to submit their score(s) on the Medical College Admissions Text (MCAT) as part of their formal application. This exam is now computerized, and several exam dates are available to students throughout the year. Information about the MCAT exam can be found at the web site for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

Dental schools require that students take the Dental Admissions Test (DAT) and submit their scores to all schools to which they apply. Information regarding the DAT and about careers in dentistry can be found on the American Dental Association (ADA) web site.

Students who apply to veterinary medical school must report their scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). The Educational Testing Service administers this exam, and the ETS web site has lots of information regarding the GRE.

Timing

Most students apply to professional schools following their junior (3rd) year of college. Deadlines for applications differ, but students usually prepare themselves and take the standardized exams required for their applications before the summer between their junior and senior years.

Premedical Advisory Committee

The role of the Premedical Advisory Committee is to help students understand how to prepare themselves for careers in the health professions. The names of members of the committee for 2008-2009 are given below:

Dr. Kerry Bruns, Chair (Chemistry and Biochemistry)
Dr. Steve Alexander (Physics)
Dr. Maria Cuevas (Biology)
Dr. Gulnar Rawji (Chemistry and Biochemistry)
Mr. Dave Seiler (Center for Academic Success)

CONTACT:

Dr. Kerry Bruns, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Southwestern University
P.O. Box 770
Georgetown, TX 78627
brunsk@southwestern.edu