University of Vermont

Official 2005-2006 Catalogue Site

2005-06 Online Catalogue

College of Arts and Sciences Preprofessional Preparation

Whether you are interested in medical, dental or law school, or graduate work in other fields, the College of Arts and Sciences offers you excellent opportunities to complete your preprofessional education.

Medicine and Dentistry

Minimum requirements for entry into medical and dental schools include one year each of biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics and calculus. Increasing numbers of medical and dental schools also are requiring a year of English, work in the humanities, social sciences, and languages. There is however no required or preferred major. As long as you complete the courses required by your chosen professional schools, you may pursue any undergraduate major in UVM's College of Arts and Sciences. Medical and dental schools are primarily concerned with the overall scope and quality of undergraduate work. Only about half the first-year students in medical or dental schools have majored in a science, for example. Thus, you should follow your true interests and work to achieve the academic standing necessary for. Your academic advisor will help you plan your program. In addition, the Center for Career Development coordinates pre-medical and pre-dental advising, and has information about the requirements of specific medical and dental schools.

Because the UVM College of Arts & Sciences offers the advantages of a small liberal arts college within a comprehensive university, students have the opportunity to do research with faculty who are nationally and internationally recognized leaders in their fields. We have an excellent record of placing graduates in medical and dental schools. Among the institutions where recent pre-medical graduates are now studying are Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Baylor, Boston University, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Hanaman Hospital and the Mayo Clinic, while pre-dental graduates are studying at Boston University, Columbia, NYU, Northwestern, and University of Pennsylvania.

The Pre-Medical Enhancement Program (PEP) is a joint offering of the College of Arts and Sciences , the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and the College of Medicine to provide enhanced opportunities for a select group of highly qualified pre-medical students. Interested students apply to PEP in the second semester of their first year. Those students accepted in the PEP program will be assigned a practicing physician-mentor who will introduce the concepts of patient care and practice management through regularly scheduled office-based/clinical experiences. The PEP Coordinator in the College of Medicine will provide information on opportunities for medical research experience and volunteer/employment possibilities in the health sciences or health policy fields. On a monthly basis, students will receive listings about special educational offerings at the College of Medicine and the Academic Medical Center. PEP students will also be able to participate in practice interviews with members of the University of Vermont Pre-Medical Committee. In their junior year, PEP students will be able to apply to the University of Vermont College of Medicine. More information is available on Pep at the Career Service Web Site Link out of catalogue site..


A significant number of UVM students consider attending law school immediately or a few years after graduation. UVM is successful in placing its graduates in leading law programs around the country, including at Yale University, New York University, Columbia University, and the University of Michigan.

Arts & Sciences students have the opportunity to participate in the accelerated BA/JD Program with Vermont Law School. The Program allows exceptionably qualified students to complete both a Bachelor of Arts in the College of Arts and Sciences and a Juris Doctor at Vermont Law School in six rather than seven years. For program information, contact The Dean's Office at 656-3166.

The University of Vermont provides guidance to its pre-law students through the Center for Career Development and a Faculty Pre-Law Advisory Committee. We begin working with students as soon as they express an interest in law and provide guidance throughout the undergraduate career.

Unlike pre-medical programs, where students must take a prescribed set of courses, there is no pre-law curriculum. "What law schools seek in their entering students is not accomplishment in mere memorization," states the Association of American Law Schools, "but accomplishment in understanding, the capacity to think for themselves, and the ability to express their thoughts with clarity and force." The Association does not prescribe a specific course of study to prepare undergraduates for law school, but rather suggests a broad approach to liberal arts including work in English, humanities, logic, mathematics, social sciences, history, philosophy, and the natural sciences.

Graduate Study in Other Fields

In addition to medical, dental or law school, Arts and Sciences students pursue graduate education in a variety of fields ranging from ethnomusicology to journalism or immunology. Recent UVM College of Arts and Sciences graduates have been accepted at such institutions as the University of Wisconsin, Brandeis, Harvard, University of Michigan, Yale, New York University, Princeton, Cornell, Berkeley, Tufts, and Duke.

Secondary Teaching

Students in the College of Arts and Sciences who are interested in becoming eligible to teach in secondary grades (7-12) should review the College of Education and Social Services section titled Teacher Education. All requirements must be fulfilled as listed in the CESS Secondary Education State Approved program and not simply the sequence of Professional courses. The requirements are also available at the CESS Web site Link out of catalogue site..