University Catalog

Pre-Professional Programs

Degree Programs

SCSU offers a number of programs which prepare students for post graduate work in professional areas. Preparation requires a baccalaureate degree. Some, such as pre-medicine are very specific; others are more liberal arts oriented, such as pre-law. Students should meet with advisers who will assist them in selecting the program best suited to their graduate school and career goals.

Non-degree Programs

In some instances students may elect to begin study in areas for which SCSU has no degree program. Preparation for transfer then is required. Some areas of pharmacy, etc., fall into this category. Students should be aware of requirements selected by the institution to which they will transfer, and should meet with an academic adviser well versed in these requirements.

Undergraduate preparation and advising is available for the following:

  • Chiropractic
  • Dentistry
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical therapy
  • Physician assistant
  • Podiatry
  • Veterinary Medicine

Advising and specific course recommendations are available in the following areas:

  • Agriculture
  • Dental hygiene
  • Forestry
  • Horticulture
  • Mortuary science
  • Occupational therapy

Pre-Agriculture

Adviser: Oladele Gazal
227 Robert H. Wick Science Building
320-308-3045
Schools of agriculture have many and varied curricula. The following list should be followed until the student has selected a particular program within the field of agriculture: ENGL 191; CMST 211; BIOL 151, 152, 212; CHEM 210, 211; MATH 115; PHYS 231, 232. Contact the adviser for more detailed description of the courses and requirements.

Pre-Chiropractic

Adviser: Timothy Schuh
224 Robert H. Wick Science Building
320-308-5433
Students should consult the pre-chiropractic adviser during their first semester at St. Cloud State University. It is advisable that students get a baccalaureate degree; the biomedical science major is recommended. Pre-professional course requirements generally include: 2 semesters animal biology with labs, 2 semesters general chemistry with labs, 2 semesters organic chemistry with labs, 2 semesters general physics with labs, 1 semester general psychology, 1 semester English, 1 semester Speech, and 15 additional credits of humanities and social sciences.

Pre-Dental Hygiene

Adviser: Maureen Tubbiola
226 Robert H. Wick Science Buildingl
320-308-4736
mltubbiola@stcloudstate.edu
Pre-Dental Hygiene is not a major. You will select courses appropriate to the program or programs in dental hygiene offered at other institutions. Options include associate degree and baccalaureate degree programs. It is very important that you review the requirements for the program of interest to you. There are at least seven MnSCU institutions that offer associate degree programs in dental hygiene; Argosy University - Twin Cities also offers an associate degree. The University of Minnesota - Twin Cities and Minnesota State University - Mankato offer baccalaureate degree programs. More information is available from the MnSCU, University of Minnesota and Argosy University Web sites. Courses required for most programs include BIOL 202, 204, 206; CHEM 140; HLTH 210; ENGL 191; CMST 192; and PSY 115. Prerequisite courses may be required for BIOL 202, 204, and 206.

Pre-Dentistry

Adviser: Maureen Tubbiola
226 Robert H. Wick Science Building
320-308-4736
mltubbiola@stcloudstate.edu
Courses specified for admission to the University of Minnesota include: English: 8 semester credits (composition courses preferred); biology: 8 semester credits; physics: 8 semester credits; chemistry: inorganic and organic chemistry and at least 1 semester biochemistry; math: minimum of 3 semester credits of college algebra, pre-calculus, computer science or statistics; applied human psychology: 3 semester credits. Suggested courses to fulfill those requirements include: BIOL 151, 152, 262, 360; CHEM 210, 211, 310, 311; 241 or 480, 481; ENGL 184, 191, 331, 332, 333; MATH 112 or 115; PHYS 231, 232; PSY 115. Courses such as CMST 192, ART (100-level courses in beginning drawing) are highly recommended. Requirements do change and interested students should check with the dental school(s) where they plan to apply.

Pre-Forestry

Adviser: Jorge Arriagada
219 Robert H. Wick Science Building
320-308-3456
BIOL 151, 152, 212, 214; CHEM 210, 211; AHS 220; MATH 115, 211 or 221; STAT 239; PHYS 231, 232; ENGL 191; ECON 205, 206; CSCI 169; CMST 211; SOC 160. Select 8 credits from: ART, ENGL, MUSM, MUSP, TFSD Some of the University of Minnesota forestry programs require a summer session between either the freshman and sophomore or between the sophomore and junior years. Since forestry programs vary, students should consult the pre-forestry adviser during the first semester at St. Cloud State University.

Pre-Horticulture

Adviser: Jorge Arriagada
219 Robert H. Wick Science Building
320-308-3456
St. Cloud State University does not offer a horticulture program as such. Students who select from the following courses should have few problems transferring during, or at the end of, their second year to a school with a major in horticulture: ENGL 191; CMST 211; MATH 115; CHEM 210, 211, 240, 241 (310, 311 may be substituted for 240, 241); PHYS 231, 232; AHS 220; ECON 205 or 206; BIOL 151, 152, 212, 330, 447. Since horticulture curricula vary, students should, during their first year at St. Cloud State University, contact the school to which they wish to transfer in order to plan their second year's program.

Pre-Law

Adviser: Kathleen Uradnik
51B 309
320-308-4132
Students must complete a bachelor's degree before law school and may major in any field. Law schools prefer a broad-based course of study that emphasizes analytical thinking and writing. Although pre-law is not a major, new students who have not declared a major may write "pre-law" on the appropriate forms to be assigned to the SCSU Pre-Law Advisor. She will work with you to find an appropriate major. Students are encouraged to contact the Pre-Law Advisor regularly, starting early in their academic careers. The Pre-Law Advising Office offers extensive information about all stages of the law school application process; stop by to pick up Professor Uradnik's pre-law advising CD-Rom, a comprehensive advising tool distributed free to SCSU students.

Pre-Medicine

Advisers (Biological Sciences):
Marina Cetkovic-Cvrlje
268 Robert H. Wick Science Building
320-308-3490
Oladele Gazal
227 Robert H. Wick Science Building
320-308-3045
Timothy Schuh
224 Robert H. Wick Science Building
320-308-5433
Maureen Tubbiola
226 Robert H. Wick Science Building
320-308-3035
Advisors (Chemistry):
Latha Ramakrishnan
358 Robert H. Wick Science Building
320-308-3031
Lakshmaiah Sreerama
372 Robert H. Wick Science Building
320-308-2080
Pre-medicine is not a major; students should plan to complete a bachelor's degree before entering medical school and may elect to major in a variety of fields. Most medical schools require that certain basic courses be completed before entering medical school. These include one year of biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, one year of physics, mathematics through calculus, 6 semester credits of English composition as well as courses in the humanities and behavioral sciences. Examples of science courses would be BIOL 151, 152, 262, 360; CHEM 210, 211, 310, 311; and PHYS 231, 232. At least one semester of biochemistry is now required by some schools. Some students who do not have any background in one of the science areas may elect to take general education courses before beginning the 200 level courses that do meet the medical school requirements for admission. The behavioral science requirement is usually 8 semester credits in areas such as psychology, sociology, or anthropology. The basic requirement for humanities is also 8 semester credits. The required courses may vary from year to year and students are strongly urged to meet with the adviser.

Pre-Mortuary Science

Adviser: Timothy Schuh
224 Robert H. Wick Science Building
320-308-5433
The pre-mortuary program is that suggested by the University of Minnesota, where most students transfer after two years at SCSU. Credits taken here apply toward the B.S. degree in mortuary science at the University of Minnesota. Pre-professional requirements include at least one course in each of the areas of English composition, general biology with lab, human anatomy and physiology, statistics, general chemistry with lab, introduction to sociology, speech, general psychology, and accounting plus sufficient electives to total the equivalent of 60 semester credits. Contact your adviser for a more detailed description of the courses.

Pre-Occupational Therapy

Advisers: Timothy Schuh
244 Robert H. Wick Science Building
320-308-5433
Pre-occupational therapy is not a major; students should plan to complete a bachelor's degree before applying to an advanced degree program in occupational therapy. Pre-professional course work typically includes courses in human anatomy, human physiology, statistics, general psychology, medical terminology, abnormal psychology, life span developmental psychology, introductory sociology and studio/applied arts.

Pre-Optometry

Adviser: Oladele Gazal
227 Robert H. Wick Science Building
320-308-3045
Two years of college is the minimum required for admission to optometry school. However, the trend is for most entering students to have a four-year bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry or physics. The following courses should be included: BIOL 151, 152, 262, 360, 362, 366, 478; CHEM 210, 240, 241; ENGL 191, 332; MATH 115, 211, 212; STAT 319; PHYS 231, 232; PSY 115. Electives should include 8-12 credits in the social sciences. CHEM 270, 271 may be substituted for CHEM 240, 241 and MATH 221, 222 may be preferred at some schools over MATH 211, 212. Applicants should contact the schools they are interested in for details on course requirements. Students should apply to take the optometry college admission test during the year before they apply to an optometry school.

Pre-Pharmacy

Advisers: Tamara Leenay
WSB 363
320-308-3948
Jack McKenna
WSB 364
320-308-3032
Students must complete at least two years of college before applying to a pharmacy program, but most students accepted have completed a 4-year undergraduate degree. The courses listed below comprise typical pre-pharmacy courses. Different colleges of pharmacy have slightly different pre-pharmacy requirements. Students should consult early with the advisers for specific requirements. BIOL 151, 206 or 362, 366, 478; CHEM 210, 211, 310, 311; 2 social/behavioral science courses; ECON 205 or 206; ENGL 191, 332; MATH 221; STAT 319; PHYS 231, 234; CMST 192. In addition, 30 credits of general education courses are required which includes two courses in behavioral sciences and an upper level composition course.

Pre-Physical Therapy

Advisers: Timothy Schuh
Robert H. Wick Science Building 224
320-308-5433
Pre-physical therapy is not a major; students should plan to complete a bachelor's degree before applying to a university which offers an advanced degree in physical therapy. Many students elect to complete a Biomedical Science degree at SCSU with additional pre-professional courses as required for admission by the graduate programs in Physical Therapy. Pre-professional courses generally include 2 semesters general biology with labs, 2 semesters general chemistry with labs, and 2 semesters general physics with labs. In addition, one course each in human physiology, human anatomy, general psychology, abnormal psychology, and statistics is typically required. Some programs also require one calculus course. For specific details, please contact the adviser.

Pre-Physician Assistant

Adviser: Maureen Tubbiola
226 Robert H. Wick Science Building
320-308-3035
Pre-physician assistant is not a major at SCSU; however, students should plan to complete a bachelor's degree before entering a university which offers a master's degree. In preparation for any physician assistant program the following courses should be included: BIOL 151, 152, 262, 266, 360, 366, 478; CHEM 210, 211, 310, 311, 480; MATH 221; STAT 319; PSY 115, 490. English composition skills and courses in the humanities and behavioral sciences are needed. Health care experience with some direct patient contact is required for most programs. Applicants should contact the schools they are interested in for details on course requirements. Contact the adviser for more detailed description of the courses and requirements.

Pre-Podiatry

Adviser: Maureen Tubbiola
226 Robert H. Wick Science Building
320-308-3035
Pre-podiatry is not a major at SCSU; however, students should plan to complete a bachelor's degree before entering a university which offers a master's degree. The following courses should be included: BIOL 151, 152, 262, 360, 362, 366, 478; CHEM 210, 211, 310, 311, 480 or CHEM 210, 240, 241; ENGL 191; PHYS 231, 232. Applicants should contact the schools they are interested in for details on course requirements. Students should apply to take the podiatry college admission test during the year before they apply to a podiatry school.

Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Adviser: Anthony Marcattilio
221 Robert H. Wick Science Building
320-308-1500
Oladele Gazal
227 Robert H. Wick Science Building
320-308-3045
BIOL 151, 152, 214 (or 441 or 446), 262, 360, 362; MATH 112 or 221; CHEM 210, 211, 310, 311, 489; PHYS 231, 232; ENGL 191; CMST 192; and 12-18 credits in the Social Sciences and Arts and Humanities. All pre-veterinary students should consult with the program advisers as soon as possible upon admission to construct an academic plan.

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