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Undergraduate Pre-Health Curriculum: Choosing a Major

Students interested in continuing with a post-baccalaureate program in the health professions may choose any major they desire, as long as they meet the requirements for admissions to the professional school. If the student chooses to major in a non-science discipline, it is recommend that he/she take at least two upper division science courses even if not required for admissions to the professional school.

Undergraduate Pre-Medicine Curriculum

Because most majors on campus do not require all pre-health courses, model curricula have been developed to incorporate pre-med requirements into majors commonly taken by South Alabama students. This does not mean that these are the only majors for pre-med students, just that these are the more common. Students can work with the advisor to develop a model curriculum for the major of their choice. Most other health professions will have slightly different requirements, and the model curricula will have to be adjusted accordingly.

These model curricula are provided as a guide and are not considered official (do not use these as your only means of making sure you meet degree requirements).

Biology
By selecting the appropriate upper level Biology courses, the student can meet the requirement of most veterinary or pharmacy schools as well as the requirements for medical, dental schools, and optometry schools.

Biomedical Sciences
Satisfying requirements for a BMD degree will meet requirements of the majority of health professional schools in the United States.

Cardiorespiratory Care
Completing this program in 4 years will require significant summer school enrollment.

Chemical Engineering

Chemistry

Physics

Psychology

A Model Curriculum Is A Guideline

Students may not always be capable of following the model curriculum exactly. However, the model curriculum should guide the student to develop his/her own four (or five) year plan to graduate with the necessary prerequisites for medical school and courses for the bachelors degree.

Regardless of major, it is critical for students to complete their Biology, Chemistry, and Physics health pre-professional requirements prior to taking the standardized admissions test.

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