The Bachelor of Science with a major in premedicine is an interdisciplinary curriculum of study. It is distinctively designed to provide a science-based, diverse education as a preparation for admission to any of the allied health care professional schools including medical, veterinary, and chiropractic. Courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics comprise the science core of the major. A substantial complement of humanities and social sciences courses are also required. Within this framework the curriculum is flexible and can be tailored to suit personal interests. During the first two years, students enroll in courses appropriate for entry into professional schools while they also fulfill basic University requirements.
Admission to professional schools depends upon many factors in addition to the curriculum or major. Academic standing, performance on standardized examinations, practical experience relevant to the profession of interest, and adherence to application procedures are all important. The Premedical Programs Office addresses these factors through a comprehensive approach to pre-health care education.
Along with the administration of the premedical and predental majors, the Premedical Programs office acts as the focal point for all matters related to admission to any allied health care professional school. It is an information clearing house, functions as a liaison with professional schools, and coordinates the application process. Students in any major planning to apply to professional schools are urged to maintain a close relationship with this office.
The University automatically enrolls entering premedical majors into special orientation classes, and identifies them to the Premedical Programs office. Members of the Premedical/Predental Advisory Committee advise these students. However, advising services are available to all pre-professional students regardless of their major. Students in other majors may elect to have committee members serve as their secondary advisors; such students should identify themselves to the Premedical Programs office.
In addition to providing counseling, Premedical Programs offers a seminar series, joint programs with medical schools, grants for health care related experiences, and scholarships. Since admission to professional schools is highly selective, the program monitors the academic progress of premedical majors, and provides feedback at the end of the first and second year. Transfers to other majors, particularly to science majors, can usually be accommodated during the first two years without affecting normal progress towards graduation.
Students may choose to declare a minor to personalize their educational program to meet their educational goals. Students have selected minors including psychology, chemistry and language among others.