A broad liberal arts education provides an exceptional preparation for a career in the health professions. Students are encouraged to concentrate in any discipline in which they have a strong interest, while making sure that they fulfill the common entry requirements for professional school. These include:
3 quarters of calculus (recommended)
3 quarters of physics with a laboratory
3 quarters of general chemistry with a laboratory
3 quarters of organic chemistry with a laboratory (one quarter may be biochemistry with a laboratory)
3 quarters of biology with a laboratory
3 quarters of humanities
The College offers alternative course sequences that fulfill each of these requirements. Some schools of the health professions have additional requirements and two additional upper level courses in the biological sciences are strongly recommended as part of a student's preparation.
Students preparing for a career in the health professions are also strongly encouraged to participate in research and to explore their interests in human service through community and/or hospital volunteer work. The University community offers exceptional opportunities for both types of experiences.
Students who believe they may be interested in a career in one of the health professions should consult first with their College adviser and then later in the year with the health professions adviser for their entering class. The health professions advisers offer seminars and workshops, as well as group and individual counseling, to assist each student in preparing for professional education and, at the appropriate time, in the application process itself. Dr. Joel G. Schwab, Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, is the faculty director for health professions advising. More information is available from the health professions office in BSLC 102.
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