College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Preprofessional Programs
Students striving for admission to professional colleges, such as dentistry, medicine including naturopathic, chiropractic, osteopathic, and veterinary medicine, can meet the undergraduate requirements for these programs through enrollment in the CALS. Upon admission, each student will be assigned a faculty advisor knowledgeable in preprofessional preparation. Competition for admission to professional schools is very keen, and a superior academic record throughout an undergraduate program is necessary to receive consideration for admission. Due to the intense competition, only a small percentage of those first-year students declaring an interest in professional schools are admitted after completion of the baccalaureate. Consequently, students must select a major, in an area of their choice, to prepare them for a career other than medical sciences. The preprofessional requirements will be met concurrently with the major requirements for the B.S. degree. Students interested in human medical sciences often enroll in either biochemistry, biological science, nutrition and food sciences, microbiology, or molecular genetics. Those interested in veterinary medicine usually enroll in animal science or biological science.
Each student prepares a four-year program of courses, with the guidance of a faculty advisor, to meet requirements for a B. S. degree in their major. It is recommended that students complete the following courses to meet minimum requirements of most professional schools. It is the responsibility of each student to contact the professional schools of choice to determine the exact entrance requirements.
Human Medical and Dental Schools:
|Biology with laboratory||BIOL 1/BIOL 2 or BCOR 011/BCOR 012|
|Chemistry with laboratory: Inorganic||CHEM 031/CHEM 032|
|Chemistry with laboratory: Organic||CHEM 141/CHEM 142|
|Physics with laboratory: with math||PHYS 011/PHYS 021, PHYS 012/PHYS 031|
|Physics with laboratory: with calculus||PHYS 031/PHYS 021, PHYS 042/PHYS 031|
|Mathematics (requirement varies)||MATH 019/MATH 020|
|Humanities, Social Sciences, Languages||Students must complete the minimum College requirements in this area that includes English composition and speech. Advanced composition and additional courses in this area are encouraged as time allows.|
Veterinary Medical Schools:
All of the courses listed above under Human Medical and Dental Schools plus:
|Biochemistry||AGBI 201/AGBI 202|
|Written English||ENGS 050 or ENGS 053|
|Genetics||BCOR 101, ASCI 212|
|Microbiology||MMG 101||Nutrition||ASCI 043|
Several schools require a course in introductory animal sciences, vertebrate embryology, or statistics. Students should consult their advisor regarding specific requirements for various veterinary schools.
Finally, both human and veterinary medical schools want to see a history of interest in medicine. It is important for students to work with physicians or veterinarians and gain first-hand knowledge of their chosen profession. Volunteer or paid work in hospitals, nursing homes, or emergency centers is important. Commercial farm experience is also valuable for preveterinary students.
Students applying to the CALS who express an interest in medicine or preveterinary medicine should present evidence of high performance in high school level science and mathematics courses, plus additional supporting documentation such as high SAT scores, strong letters of recommendation, and a motivational summary statement.
Pre-Medical Enhancement Program:
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 .