Preprofessional Studies Sample Curriculum

The science preprofessional studies sample curriculum was published in the 2015-2016 Bulletin of Information.

Science Preprofessional Sequence

First Year
Fall Semester   Spring Semester  
WR 13100. Writing and Rhetoric 3 Philosophy or Elective* 3
MATH 10350 4 MATH 10360 4
CHEM 10171 4 CHEM 10172 4
History or Social Science* 3 History or Social Science* 3
Philosophy or Theology* 3 University Seminar 3
First Year Experience 1 First Year Experience 1
Total: 18 Total: 18
Sophomore Year
Fall Semester   Spring Semester  
CHEM 20273 4 CHEM 20274 4
BIOS 20201. General Biology A 3 BIOS 20202. General Biology B 3
BIOS 21201. General Biology A Lab 1 BIOS 21202. General Biology B Lab 1
Elective 3 Elective 3
Language 3 Language 3
Total: 14 Total: 14
Junior Year
Fall Semester   Spring Semester  
Science Elective ** 4 Science Elective ** 3
Physics (PHYS 20210, 21210) 4 Physics (PHYS 20220, 21220) 4
Language or Elective 3 Electives 9
Philosophy or Elective 3    
Science Elective 3    
Total: 17 Total: 16
Senior Year      
Fall Semester   Spring Semester  
Science Elective** 3 Science Electives** 4
Science Elective** 4 Theology 3
Philosophy or Theology or upper-level
     English literature
3 Elective 3
Science Elective** 3
Electives 6    
Total: 16 Total: 13


*One of these courses must be a University Seminar; the literature University Seminar in English 13186 is recommended.

**The choice by the student of elective courses in science for the program in preprofessional studies will be based upon the requirements of the professional schools and upon the lists of courses suggested or recommended by those schools in which the student is interested; the choice will be based also upon the advice and counseling of the chair of the department. From the Medical and Dental School Requirements Books, the following courses would be the most highly recommended in addition to the five basic science courses, giving the student applicant the best science background to be a most attractive candidate to any school to which he or she wishes to apply: biochemistry, genetics, physiology, cell biology, developmental biology, and microbiology. Additional courses in higher mathematics, statistics, and computer science are recommended for qualified students. Students not only must fulfill their requirements but, in the case of the sciences (mathematics, chemistry, biology and physics), also are strongly encouraged to follow the sequence of courses as listed. This sequence is designed in the light of health-related professional school requirements so that one course builds on knowledge gained from a prior course, even one from a different department; it is also structured to maintain a rigorous course load of at least two such courses per semester, with some adjustment possible in the senior year. Summer sessions, transfer credits, and other modification into the regular curriculum should not be allowed to disturb this sequence of courses in the sciences without good reason.